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Dattatreya Temple, Ganganapur

Dattatreya Temple Overview

Dattatreya Temple is situated at Ganganapur, Maharashtra. The presiding deity is Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu Dattatreya. The holy place at Ganganapur is in the process of assuming the form of a temple. It is at present more like an 'Ashram'. The main gate faces towards the west and is built in the Maratha model of 'Nagarkhana'. A spacious mandap (hall) is provided for the gathering. There is a raised platform - the 'holy of holies' in the southern side of the hall. Dattatreya Temple has a very small room divided into two by a wall. There are two doors, and in the inner portion, there are the images of Dattatreya and the 'Nirguna padukas'- a pair of sandals. There is a very small opening in the wall in the form a silver-plate framework, which allows pilgrims to have a glimpse of the image. Some feet away is a door in the dividing curtain; where inside the sanctuary are the Padukas. It is these Padukas that are the object of devotion at this place. It is a icon of the constant and endless attendance of Dattatreya in his form as Nrisimha Sarasvati.

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