#7 | Satara to Kolhapur
Following the Master | Maharashtra Adventure 2020
17 January 2020
The 7th day of the journey through Maharashtra with Gurudev started with a visit to a very ancient Jwala-Narasimha temple in Narasinghpur. A huge, self-manifested deity of Lord Narasimha, made out of a Shaligrama, was worshipped there by the great rishi Parashara, father of Veda-vyasa himself. According to the Sthala Purana, Lord Narasimha, seeing that it was not possible for anybody to establish this ferociously blazing form of the Lord on Earth, ordered Parashara-muni to immerse the deity in the nearby river Krishna.
This deity was later found by a brahmana couple who, after twelve years of rigorous austerities and worship of Lord Narasimha, had seen the Lord in their dreams. He told them that they would find this ancient deity hidden in the river. He instructed them to place some kusha grass in the river and to notice whatever blade of grass would start burning out of itself, because the deity would be found right underneath that blade of grass. This is how this ancient deity of Lord Jwala-Narasimha was re-established and is worshipped still today.
After our visit to Jwala-Narasimha, Guruji went with the group for lunch at a house of local devotees and sang a few bhajans in their garden. All the devotees put their deities on the altar and then chanted the Vishnusahasranama together. It was a magical moment.
Then, on the way to Narasoba Wadi, Guruji stopped the bus in a place where Sant Sanmati Sagar, a Jain saint, had his samadhi. Guruji explained that, like most all Jain saints, Sant Sanmati Sagar always walked around naked, since he had no attachments to the world. Early on in life, he lived just by eating fruits, while later on he lived only on very thin buttermilk. His samadhi took place very recently, on 24 December, 2010.
And finally, at the end of the day, Guruji took all the devotees to Narasoba Wadi, where Sri Narasimha Saraswati lived for 12 years. Sri Narasimha Saraswati is a guru who is one of the most prominent incarnations of Dattatreya. There we witnessed a beautiful arati made to the padukas of Narasimha Saraswati. Every day the padukas are taken on a parikrama around the temple and then, at night, symbolically put to sleep. Guruji was very touched to see that the devotees there have still so much devotion to their guru's padukas.
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