Written by Shri Saraswati Gangadhar , the 15thth Century poet. His full name is Saraswati Gangadhar Saakhare and possibly stayed most of his life at Kadaganchi village, located now in Karnataka. There is another Gurucharitra which was written by Shri Govind Dabholkar on the life of Shri Saibaba in the 20th Century and has been translated in many languages. This should not be confused with the original Gurucharitra that is described here. The book has mainly the life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati , his philosophy and some mythology stories.

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Written by Shri Saraswati Gangadhar , the 15thth Century poet. His full name is Saraswati Gangadhar Saakhare and possibly stayed most of his life at Kadaganchi village, located now in Karnataka. There is another Gurucharitra which was written by Shri Govind Dabholkar on the life of Shri Saibaba in the 20th Century and has been translated in many languages. This should not be confused with the original Gurucharitra that is described here. The book has mainly the life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati , his philosophy and some mythology stories.

The book is important from the point of view of history as well since it depicts the stories or events which took place around the 14th Century. The language is Marathi of the th Century, but without any Urdu or Persian words. Shri Saraswati Gangadhar made sure that there are no words taken from Urdu or Persian, but only from Sanskrit. However, this does not make this book any terse. It is far simpler to understand and follow.

This shows the power of the poet and his command over the Marathi language. Moreover, this poet's mother tongue is Kannada and not Marathi! Gurucharitra has been very influential on the Maharashtrian culture, especially the Brahmin community due to its philosophy. Strictly speaking this is an "aachaargranth" book of behavior or life routine for the Brahmins, written by a Brahmin. It seems Saraswati Gangadhar was a Deshastha Brahmin.

This last chapter is basically the brief description of the previous 51 chapters. In that sense it is the concluding chapter with summary. The whole book is like a "Mantra" in itself and thus there are very strict rules for reading it and they are to be followed strictly if one wants to read it with full faith.

The power of this book has been experienced by many who read this regularly. This book has utmost importance in Datta Sampradaya and they consider this as their "ved". The book is written as a conversation between Siddha who is a disciple of Shri Narasimha Saraswati and Namdharak who is listening to Siddha.

Namdharak literal translation is Name Bearer or Name Carrier can be symbolically seen to be Saraswati Gangadhar himself. The name Saraswati possibly comes from Shri Narasimha Saraswati and depicts the old tradition of naming oneself as a devotee to that particular god or guru. This is similar to changing your name after accepting a particular faith.

Chapter 1 is Managalacharanam holy feet or holy stanzas , Chapter 2 to 4 are Datta-avatar Charitra Life story of Dattatreya incarnations , Chapter 5 to 10 are Shripad Shrivallabha charitra Life story of Shripad Shrivallabha , Chapter 11 to 51 are life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati and Chapter 52 is Avataranika or the summary of the whole book.

There is a unanimous agreement among the scholars that this last chapter has been attached later, and was not part of the original script. The chapter 1 describes various deities and their praying. Chapter 2 explains how universe was born, and how four Yugas were created with their specific trends.

Also it has Guru and his disciple Deepak story. In chapter 3 he describes Ambarish-Durvas story and how god Vishnu was made to take 10 avatars.

In chapter 4 the famous story of Atri-Anusuya and Datta-janma is given. In chapter 6 the birth of Gokarna-Mahabaleshwar is described with Ravana-Ganesh and Shivalinga story. Chapter 7 then describes the importance of the above holy place as told by sage Gautam.

In chapter 8, Shripad Shrivallabha save the mother-son who were trying to commit suicide and ask her to do Shanipradosh-vrata. In chapter 9 Shripad ShriVallabha blesses the washerman to become the king in his next birth and eventually ends his avatar. Chapter 11 onwards is the description of life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati. He is born to his father Madhav and mother Amba.

His surname is Kale and was named Shalgramdev and Narahari. From his this second name Narahari comes the first part of his Narasimha name. He is born at Karanja Lad now in Maharashtra , the old name is Karanjapur. The second part of his name comes from this guru, who eventually named him Shri Narasimha Saraswati. Now he is the Guru. In chapter 13 he comes back to Karanja and cures one Brahmin. In chapter 14, he meets Sayamdev who is Saraswati Gangadhar 's great-great-Grandfather and saves him from the Muslim king Sayamdev is working for.

In chapter 15, Guru asks his disciples to go for pilgrimage and himself stays near Parali-Vaijanath a place in Maharashtra. In Chapter 16, he comes to Bhillavadi-Audumbar current name: Bhilavadi, a railways station on South-Central Railway and spends some time there giving knowledge to a Brahmin. In chapter 17 a stupid, illiterate brahmin is made wise and knowledeable by clessing him.

In Chapter 18, Guruji went to a poor Brahmin's home and by cutting a plant of Ghevda one Kind of a bean vegetable handed him a pot of gold, thus removing his poverty. In chapter 19 there is a description of 64 yoginis who were praying the guruji and they were all blessed.

In chapter 20 he saved a women from a ghost and blessed her with two sons. When one of them died, he condoled her with lot of philosophy. In Chapter 21, once she brought the dead-child to him, he revived the child and blessed it with long life. In Chapter 22, he made one old buffalo give milk.

After hearing this feat the king of Ganagapur took him to his palace. One of the renowned yati that time from Kumasi village, Shri Trivikram Bharati criticized Guru for this. In Chapter 25, two brahmins troubling Trivikram Bharati, and asking him to give them a "winning letter" meaning they have won the discussions regarding all four Vedas and philosophy with Trivikrambharati are brought to meet Guru.

In Chapter 26, Guru explain to them the structure of Vedas etc. Eventually in chapter 27, guru calls a shudra and show him his previous and next 3 births total of 7 including the current one.

In one of the births he is born a Brahmin named Adhyapaka and is asked to discuss vedas with these two brahmins. These brahmins give up and eventually are punished by Guru to become a BramhaRakshasa a sort of demon who feeds himself on animals including humans. In chapter 28, guru by removing Bhasma holy ash from the shudra's body, clears the shudra of knowledge and sends him home.

In Chapter 29, the effect of Bhasma is explained to Trivikrambharati with Vamdev story. In chapter 30, the woman is condoled who has lost her husband with many stories. In chapter 31, she is explained all the Pativrata-dharma. Finally in Chapter 32, her husband is blessed and is brought back to life. In chapter 33, the importance of Rudraksha is explained by telling the famous Mahananda the whore story.

In chapter 34, Rudradhyaya importance is explained. In chapter 35, Kach-Devayani story is described with Simantini story to stress the importance of Somavar-vrata to be done on Monday. In chapter 36, Karma-marga is explained to the brahmin and his wife who made her husband break the vrata. In chapter 37, Guruji continues to explain and elaborate on many more karmas to be performed by a brahmin. In chapter 38, Bhaskar brahmin who brought food only for 3 people is made to feed more than four thousand people.

In chapter 39, Somnath brahmin's wife Ganga, who was 60 years old and did not have children was blessed with a daughter and a son.

In chapter 40, skin disease of one Brahmin was cured and he was told the story of Shabari and Shiva-linga worshipping. In chapter 41, Saymdev is told about the Kashi-pilgrimage. In chapter 42, Guru asks Sayamdev to perform the Ananta-vrata and tells the story of it. In chapter 43, one of his tailor disciple is taken to shri Parvat a holy mountain and brought back.

In chapter 44, a skin-diseased brahmin is cured. In chapter 45, Shri Guru meets Narahari poet at Kalleshwar-Hipparage village and makes him his disciple. This poet has written the famous Indukoti stotra which is recited everyday at Narasoba Wadi alias Nrusimhapur which is 50Km from Kolhapur and also at Audumbar 4Km from Bhilavadi railway station.

Both these places are close to Kolhapur and on the banks of Krishna river. The Indukoti stotra is very poetic and is very brilliantly composed piece work. It is shown in the image on the right and is written in devanagari script. In chapter 46, during Diwali festival, he visits all his 7 disciples so as not to make them unhappy and also stayed at the Math. In chapter 47, a poor farmer named Parvateshwar, Guru asked him to cut his farm, and later is blessed with huge amount of farm-yield.

In chapter 48, Amaraja-sagam importance is told and his own sister's skin disease is cured. In chapter 49, Sanskrit Guru-Geeta is described.

In chapter 50, the Muslim king possibly Allauddin-II of Bedar and the previous birth washerman visits him and he is cured of his swelling on his leg some disease.

Finally in chapter 51 Shri guru decides to take samadhi, as lot of people may start coming to his Math and that may start giving problem to the disciples.

He vanishes in Karadali-van. In chapter 52, the whole summary of 51 chapters is given. Since this whole book is like a Mantra by itself, it is a powerful book and should be read with the following strict rules. These rules are given in the book itself.

The book is to be read either in 7 days called Saptaha or in 3 days. However, this opinion is from the late 19th Century. Modern research has shown that there were women who contributed to the Vedas and their discussions and development of Mantras also. Thus this fact should be taken from that perspective. According to Aprabuddha Vishnu Keshav Palekar he has seen several women who have read this holy book. The restrictions may have come from certain gestures which have been described in the book, which may or may not be suitable for woman.

Also, modern woman reading the book may not like the restrictions which have been told to put up on the woman, and this may reduce the effect of faith they may have on the book.


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This is written by Sri Saraswati Gangadhar. It has arisen from the conversation between Guru Siddha and disciple Namadharak. In the late nineteenth century, Paramhans Parivrajakacharya Shreemad Vasudevanand Saraswati Swami Maharaj, a famous saint of the Dattatreya tradition, translated the work in Sanskrit verses of equal number. Several miraculous deeds are associated with these two Gurus — 5 such deeds are relating to Shripad Shri Vallabh chapters 5 to 10 and 26 are relating to Shri Narasinha Saraswati, chapters 11 to 51 besides many mythological pouranik tales have also been narrated in this volume by way of illustration. Many Gurudev Datta devotees perform parayana read it in seven days many times during the year. Concentration, devotion and faith on this Grantham results in removing all difficulties, sorrow, poverty and bless devotees with peace, happiness and all sorts of wealth after performing the parayana. Like all epics, in Shree Gurucharitra too there are stories within stories and more stories.

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