Karnataka, along with the rest of South India, has a vast majority of the Hindu population, and is home to beautiful temples built in honour of the many gods who find mention in the ancient Vedic texts. The revered Shri Kshetra Ganagupura Dattatreya Temple finds a special mention among these temples for honouring Dattatreya, who is said to be the foremost guru of the universe, and stepped on to earth to guide the lost masses of erstwhile virtuous people who had lost their way since the advent of Kaliyug.
The Shri Kshetra in Ganagura, Karnataka is a sanctuary for devout Hindus and those who speak peace and enlightenment. The universal Guru avatar Dattatreya used to wander around in this area as a common alms seeker, and blessed anyone who he deemed worthy. Dattatreya is said to have three faces, due to the fact that he was the sum product of the three lords. He disappeared in the woods one day, and years later he is believed to have reincarnated in the form of Shri Nrusimha Swamy. There are a number of small temples within the Ganagura area, chief among them being the Sangameshwar Mandir, and Kalleshwar Mandir.
The temple of Shri Kshetra Ganagura Dattatreya houses the charan paduka of Shri Nrusimha. Devotees travel here to discover inner peace, and find cures for their various ailments. The belief among the devotees is exceptionally strong and there are many legends of how people with mental illnesses and nearly fatal diseases returned hale and hearty after visiting this holy area and offering their prayers to the gurus.
The Dattatreya Temple marks the moment when the gods themselves intervened and offered devout Hindus a way to seek enlightenment at the hands of the most accomplished teachers possible. Dattatreya is said to be the living embodiment of the holiest of all deities, and is considered Trimurti, ie the human embodiment of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The entire Ganagupura area, or kshetra, is considered holy and is a major pilgrimage spot for Hindus everywhere. The area was first deemed holy after the appearance of Guru Dattatreya, and became even more important after Shree Nrusimha Saraswathy Swami took rein of the spiritual guidance activities in the region after the disappearance of Shri Dattatreya. Shree Nrusimha is regarded as the second avatar of Dattatreya himself.
Being a pilgrimage area that houses a number of temples, mutts, and holy shrines, there are a number of religious activities that take place within the Shri Kshetra throughout the year. However, there are three major festivals that are celebrated with great revelry here. Datta Jayanti (birth anniversary of Shri Dattatreya), Guru Purnima (The special day in the Hindu calendar dedicated to all teachers and gurus), and Shravan Maas (the holy month of Shravan) attract large crowds of devotees, who come from every corner of the country and place their heads on these sacred grounds in the hopes of being blessed with lasting happiness and wisdom.
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