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Shri Datta Swami

Divinity on the Earth
Introduction



In Maharashtra and Karnataka and partly in Gujarat and Andhra states, Lord Dattaatreya is being worshipped very widely. The Lord has taken many incarnations as human forms in order to uplift and help people on spiritual path. The incarnations are – Shripada Shrivallabha, Shri Narasimha Saraswati, Shri Manikprabhu at Maniknagar, Shri Swami Samartha at Akkalkot, Swami Shri Krishna Saraswati at Kolhapur, Shri Saibaba at Shirdi, Annabua at Miraj and Dhondibua Paluskar.


Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami of Kolhapur was during the period 1836 -1900 AD. Of the various incarnation of Lord Dattatreya that occurred, only this biography is completely available fron Swami's birth to end. Swami is also known widely as Dattaswami , being incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. He stayed at Kolhapur in Kumbhar Lane (Potters Lane) and hence he was called as Kumbhar Swami.

Swami had initiated many followers in spiritual path of which Namdev Maharaj became very much famous in Kolhapur after Swami. Namdev Maharaj left his body at the age of 130 years in 1970AD. Meanwhile our Master- Guruvarya Appa (Shrisadguru Madhavrao Tikekar,Mumbai, born 13th June 1929) got a directive from Swami in 1971AD, to give spiritual initiation to deserving persons and as such Guruvarya Appa has initiated more than 2500 people. Namdev Maharaj had initiated many, of whom Shri Nanasahem Gadre from Pune carried the path forward.

I have written about Swami Shri Krishna Saraswati of Kolhapur in the following few pages.

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