Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Maharaj - A brief sketch
Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Maharaj is the second incarnation of Lord Shri
Dattatreya. Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Maharaj was born in Karanja, in the late 14th century. His name was Narahari. Madhava and Amba Kale were his parents.
The janmasthan is located just behind the Gurumandir Temple.
The Childhood and Formative Years
Narahari surprised everyone by uttering the word, 'om' immediately
after birth. Besides the word 'om', he did not develop the ability to speak during the normal formative years. His parents were very worried that the boy might be dumb. Narahari realised the
worries of his parents and conveyed to them by sign language that he would have the speaking power after the 'Upanayan (thread Ceremony)' and they need not worry but plan his
'upanayan' at the right age. The parents felt reassured and at the appropriate age, performed the 'upanayan sanskar'. To the surprise of all, when as a part of the 'sanskar', Narhari came to
his mother for 'bhiksha' and the mother gave the first fistful of 'bhiksha', Narhari recited 'Rigveda' in clear tone. At the second fistful from his mother, Narhari recited 'yajurveda' and then the
remaining two vedas. All elders and the 'purohits' who were present were convinced that Narahari had divine qualities. They bowed before him with reverence.
A year after the 'upanayan sanskar', young Narahari left for 'Uttar
Yatra' (pilgrimage) and enroute, he took 'Sanyas-Diksha' at Kashi (Varanasi). He was thereafter named 'Nrusimha Saraswati'.
The Sainthood Years
Shri Nrusimha Saraswati spent most of his life in the Krishna-Bhima basin, which today comprises the
tri-state region of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. He had divine powers and the common
people from all walks of life experienced his divine abilities over a long period. He had many disciples and his work in vitalising the 'Sanatan Vedic Dharma' was remarkable. He rigorously practised
the 'vedic' rituals in his daily life.
Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Maharaj is truly regarded as one of the
great pioneers of 'Guru-Parampara'. He preached and convinced all that total devotion and unflinching faith in one's `Guru' is the surest path to attaining 'moksha'.
Karanja, Narsobachiwadi, Ganagapur, Oudumber, are some of
the prominent places where Shri Nrusimha Saraswati stayed and preached his disciples. He ended his 'avatar-karya' at Shri Shailyam (Srisailam) in Andhra Pradesh by wading into the great Krishna
River. He told his disciples that some flowers would come back from the river at the place where he entered the river. Exactly as he told, the flowers came and the disciples took them back as
His life spanned over the late 14th century and greater part of
15th century AD. The 'Guru-Parampara' continues ever after.