About Narsobawadi Datta Mandir

A small town Narsobawadi also called as Narsobachi Wadi is very famous for the Hindu Temple of Shri Lord Dattatreya located in taluka Shirol of Kolhapur district in the state of Maharashtra. Watch the temple video

During monsoon, the river water enters into temple watch this video

The town Narsobawadi got its name from ‘Shri Narasimha Saraswati’.

Shri Narasimha Saraswati was the incarnation of Lord Shri Dattatreya in the year 1378 to 1458 and believed to have lived in Narsobachi Wadi.

The temple is situated on the bank of a river which is the meeting of the two rivers Panchganga and Krishna river.

The temple is a major pilgrim spot for many Lord Dattatreya devotee.

Shri Lord Dattatreya in his Narasimha Saraswati incarnation did meditation nearly 12 years as per reference from the text Shri Gurucharitra.

In this temple, the devotee will find no images or idols but there are two padukas (foot print) carved on stone which are said to be foot print of Shri Narasimha Saraswati.

Shri Gurucharitra

The Shri Guru Charitra is a book based on the life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati, written by the 15th-16th century poet Shri Saraswati Gangadhar.

The book includes the life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati, his philosophy and related stories. The language used is the 14-15th century Marathi.

The book is written as a conversation between Siddha (who is a disciple of Shri Narasimha Saraswati) and Namdharak who is listening to Siddha. It is divided into 3 parts: Dhyankand (Knowledge), Karmakand (Work) and Bhaktikand (Devotion).

It has 52 Chapters in which, the 51st chapter is also called as ′Gurucharitra Avatarnika′ which is the summary of the book.

Download Shri Gurucharitra text or listen in Marathi or English


History of Narsobachi Wadi Temple

The history of Narsobachi Wadi is found in Guru Charita which is very ancient Hindu literature.

Sri Narasimha Saraswati visited the Pancha Ganga Sagar river in Narsobawadi.

As per texts Sri Narasimha Saraswati stayed here for 12 years.

Here is the temple of Amareshwar on the other bank of river and hence the place is called as Amarapur.

Nearby is the Sakti Teertha, where reside Sixty-four Yogini Shaktis, serving and worshipping Amareshwar.

This place came to be later called as Narsobawadi (Narsobachi Wadi) after Sri Narasimha Saraswati.

Text from Guru Charitra – Chapter 19:
“I am leaving my Padukas here. I will be ever present where my Padukas are worshipped. Whatever wishes to be prayed for, offering worship to the Padukas, they will be granted and fulfilled.” – Sri Narasimha Saraswati.

It is really worth to be present during the Mahapuja to Shri Narasimha Saraswati padukas. The puja is performed daily in the afternoon at 12 noon.

The priests will bring the water from Panchaganga sangam (river) by forming a line in a traditional way from river to temple to perform Mahapuja.

If you are really inclined towards spirituality then observing this Puja would give you divine bliss.

If you want to participate in Mahapuja then few tickets will be sold at Devasthana counter in the morning hours every day.

Rudrabhisheka will be performed to Padukas with Panchaamritha and Alankar will be performed.

You can enquire at the temple for more information

Shri Datta Mandir’s Daily Schedule

05.00  – Kakad Aarti and Paduka Puja0

8.00 to 12.00 –  Rudrabhishek

12.30 to 13.30  – Maha Puja, Aarti

15.00 to 16.00  – Pavamana Sookta Parayan

19.30  – Dhoop Aarti20.00  – Palkhi

22.00  – Shej Aarti(after the Shej Aarti the temple is closed for devotees)

Check out Major Festivals celebrated at Narsobachi Wadi Temple (click on this link)

How to reach Narsobachi Wadi Datta Mandir

Narsobawadi Datta Mandir is very easily accessible via road and rail.

Via Road

Narsobawadi Datta Mandir is located nearby to two major cities Kolhapur (50 km) and Sangli (25 km).

You will get lot of buses from these cities.

From Sangli city the Narsobachi wadi temple is around 22 KM, once can drive or even private vehicles like Jeeps, Sumo will be available. From Sangli Bus Stand one can board buses to Kurundwad town and get down at Narsobawadi.

Local transportation includes auto rickshaws and city buses from Miraj city (around 16 km), buses from Kolhapur (around 52 km) are also available.

For people coming from Karnataka can to Nipani and then enquire to reach the temple.

Via Rail

From Hyderabad : Hyderabad to Kolhapur Express train is available. Kolhapur to Narsobawadi buses are available for every one hour (around 52 kms)

From Chennai : There are no direct trains but the best way is to reach Pune and from Pune you would have multiple options via Rail and road to reach Kolhapur.

From Bangalore  : The train “Rani Chennamma Express” is available from Bangalore to Kolhapur. From there one can reach to Narsobawadi.

From New Delhi : H.Nizamuddin to Kolhapur Super Fast express is available .

Mumbai to Kolhapur – one can get lot of buses and also train to reach Kolhapur.

Driving route to reach Narsobawadi

Kolhapur – Ichalkaranji – Kurundwad – Narsobawadi, Kolhapur – Jaysingpur – Shirol – Narsobawadi.

Miraj – Shirol – Narsobawadi,

Nipani – Borgaon – Herwad – Kurundwad – Narsobawadi,

Belgaum – Nipani – Chikodi- Raibag- Jalalpur-Borgaon – Herwad – Kurundwad – Narsobawadi.

By Air  

Kolhapur Airport is the nearest airport which connects to Major cities in India.

Bhakta Nivas at Narsobawadi (stay)

The important question arises where to stay at Narsobawadi but not to worry as this is a major religious place you will find various options to stay at Narsobawadi including budget hotels and lodges with AC and Non-AC accommodation with good boarding facilities.

With regard to Bhakt-Nivas, there is an office inside the temple, as soon as you enter, where you can enquire more information about it. Even as stated earlier you will get a lot of budgets and economical accommodation at Narsobawadi

Shri Maheshwari Bhakt Niwas

Address: Near S.T. Stand, Narsinhwadi, Tal. Shirol, Dist. Kolhapur, Maharashtra – 416001

Best time to visit Narsobawadi

Ideally, the best time to visit Narsobawadi Datta Mandir is after the monsoon. Though some people even visit during monsoon to see the temple submerged into the water as it is located at the bank of Krishna rive. So, better to check its news on Marathi news channel or newspaper before visiting the temple in Monsoon.

During the monsoon season, the water enters into the temple and remain underwater for few days to few weeks due to heavy rainfall.

During the summer season the temperature is little hotter but if you can manage then you can travel during this period or else Aug to Feb or March is ideal months to visit this holy place.

Where to eat
You will find a lot of eateries at Narsobawadi offering a variety of vegetarian food, south Indian dishes, Chinese dishes, and local snack item. Being a holy place only vegetarian food is available at this place.

Contact Details of the Temple

Shree Kshetra Narsobawadi

Shree Nrisinnsaraswati Swami Datta Dev Sansthan

Taluka : Shirol, District : Kolhapur

Maharashtra, India.

Pincode : 416104.

Contact Numbers : + 91 2322 270064 / 270501 / 270006

What to buy from Narsobachi wadi

“Narsobachi Wadi” is famous for vegetables like Brinjal, Cucumber, Corn as they are very tasty due to the fact that they have grown on the bank of river Krishna.

Also you will get pure sweets like Pedha, Kavath (Limonia) Barfi and Basundi which are of best taste and quality.

Nearby Attractions 

Mahalakshmi Mandir in Kolhapur City