Narasimha Saraswati (1378−1459)


Shri Narasimha Saraswathi lived from 1378 to 1459 (Shaka 1300 to Shaka 1380). Saraswathi was born into a Deshastha Brahmin family in Karanjapur, which is modern-day Lad-Karanja (Karanja), in the Maharashtra Vidarbha region of India. Contact Shri Dattatreya Mandir, Gulbarga Gangapura to know more about temple timings and pooja details. His father (Madhav) and his mother (Amba-Bhavani) initially named him Narahari or Shaligramadeva, with the surname Kale.

Saraswathi was a quiet child, who did not speak much during childhood. This led his parents to worry about his speech ability; however, Saraswathi showed through hand gestures that after his upanayana (munja), he would be able to speak. Online book 3star and 4star Ac rooms and non ac rooms in ganagapur Gulbarga. He started speaking after his munja, which so impressed the Vedas and Brahmins in the village that it was talked about, with senior learned Brahmins coming to him for learning.

Saraswathi left home in 1386 and went on a pilgrimage to Kashi. He took Sannyasa at Kashi from Shri Krishna Saraswathi. The second part of his name came from this guru, who eventually named him Shri Narasimha Saraswathi (This is a Sanskrit name). Find and Book Best Hotels And Lodges in Ganagapur, Gulbarga. After becoming a guru, Saraswathi visited several holy places before returning to Karanja at age 30 to meet his parents. He visited various places before settling in Ganagapura (Gangapur)] (now in the state of Karnataka) for the last 20 years of his life.


The main events of Narasimha Saraswathi life are given below. Possible years and dates are given according to descriptions of the lunar, Sai Datta Lodge offers best discounted Accommodation at Gangapur Near Datta Temple, Gulbarga and stellar events calendar mentioned in the Shri Guru Charitra.


  • Sha. 1300 (1378 CE): Birth
  • Sha. 1307 (1385 CE): Upanayana
  • Sha. 1308 (1386 CE): Left home
  • Sha. 1310 (1388 CE): Took Sanyas
  • Sha. 1338 (1416 CE): Arrived back home at Lad-Karanja
  • Sha. 1340 (1418 CE): Travelled along the banks of the river Gautami
  • Sha. 1342 (1420 CE): Stayed at Parali-Vaijanath
  • Sha. 1343 (1421 CE): Stayed at Audumbar
  • Sha. 1344-1356 (1422-1434 CE): Stayed at Narasoba Wadi
  • Sha. 1357-1380 (1435-1458 CE): Stayed at Ganagapur (Gandharvapur)
  • Sha 1381(14 January 1459 CE): Kept Nirgun Paduka In Nirgun Mutt Ganagapur


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Many parts of Narasimha Saraswathi life are told in the Shri Gurucharitra, written by Saraswathi Gangadhar.


Guru Tradition

Narasimha Saraswathi comes from the tradition of Shringeri Math. Jagatguru Shri Adi Shankaracharya also comes from this same tradition. The guru-lineage is as follows:

Shankar – Vishnu – Bramha – Vasishtha – Parashar – Vyas – Shuka – Gaudpadacharya – Govindacharya – Shankaracharya – Vishwarupacharya – Nityabodhghanacharya – Dayanaghanacharya – Dayanamottamacharya – Dayanagiri – Simhagiri – Ishwartirtha – Narasimhatirtha – Vidyatirtha – Vidyaranya – Vidyatirthasaraswati – Malayanandasaraswati – Devatirtha Saraswathi – Yadavendra Saraswathi – Krishna Saraswathi – Narasimha Saraswathi.

Disciple Tradition

Shri Narasimha Saraswathi had several disciples. They include:

  • Shri Madhav Saraswathi from Prayag
  • Bal-Saraswathi
  • Krishna Saraswathi
  • Upendra Saraswathi
  • Sadananda Saraswathi
  • Dayanajyoti Saraswathi
  • Siddha Saraswathi

Siddha Saraswathi is possibly the original writer of the Sanskrit Gurucharitra, which was later translated to Marathi by Shri Saraswathi Gangadhar.

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