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Ganagapur Yatra is an annual ritual of great importance at Shree Kshetra Ganagapur, a holy place associated with Lord Dattatreya. The popular belief is that on the day Dattavatari Shree Nrusimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj gave up his physical body and disappeared from Shreekshetra Ganagapur. Sri Nrusimha Saraswati Swami is believed to be the the second incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.

A week long rituals, satsangs and cultural programs are organized during the period. The prayers culminate on the last day which is also the most important day popularly known as Ganagapur Yatra. It is observed on the first day during the Krishna Paksha of Magha Mahina as per traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The day is also observed as Guru Pratipada.

Shree kshetra Ganagapur is mentioned in the "Shree Gurucharitra" and the belief here is that Sri Nrusimha Saraswati Swami resides in the region and guides and blesses devotees. The Padukas of Shree Nrusimha Saraswathy Swamy is worshipped here.

 

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