Located in Narsimhawadi, right at the confluence of the rivers Krishna and Panchganga, Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Dattadeva Temple is a must visit on a trip to Maharashtra. Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Dattadeva Temple remains brimming with tourists throughout the year. The main deity of the temple is Shree Dattatreya, who is considered as an incarnation of Trimurti - Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. According to locals, Sri Nrusimha Saraswati, the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya, visited the Panchaganga Sagar, which was then the meeting point of five rivers Siva, Bhadra, Kumbhi, Bhogawati, and Saraswati.
As per the legends...
According to locals, Sri Nrusimha Saraswati stayed at Amarapur for 12 years and during that time he performed many miracles. One can see the mention of his stay in Amarapur in the ‘Guru Charitra’. Some locals even say that Shri Dattatreya also visited the temple and evidence of the same is the holy ‘padukas’ (slippers) situated below an Umber tree.
The daily routine of the temple begins at 04:30 in the morning with divine 'kakad aarti.' A palanquin is carried out of the temple on every Saturday and full moon night. During the festivals like Gurudwadashi, Dattajayanti, Shree Nrusimha Saraswati Jayanti (for seven days) and Shree Krishna Veni Utsav the temple gets decked up and looks at its best.
See below for complete temple timings:
- 05.00: Aarti & Paduka Puja
- 08.00 to 12.00 Rudrabhishek
- 12.30 to 13.30 Maha Puja, Aarti
- 15.00 to 16.00 Pavamana Sookta Parayan
- 19.30 Dhoop Aarti
- 20.00 Palkhi
- 22.00 Shej Aarti
(after the Shej Aarti the temple is closed for devotees)
Best Time to Visit
Festivals like Gurudwadashi, Dattajayanti, Shree Nrusimha Saraswati Jyanti (for seven days) and Shree Krishna Veni Utsav attracts good number of devotees from across the world. Also it is a good time to visit the temple.
How to Reach:
It's a smooth ride to the temple as the buses are easily available to reach the temple from anywhere in the city. For all those traveling from different territory, Sangli Railway Station would be the closest one.
On a visit to Narsoba Wadi, make a point to visit the following attractions:
- Kopeshwar Temple
- Shri Mahalakshmi Temple
- Buddhist rock cut caves at Pohale