नृसिंह वाडी

Main Diety

The best way to experience peace and tranquillity of this holy place is to sit on the steps of the ghat in the evening by the river and chant ‘digambara, digambara, Shripad vallabh digambara’. I’m confident you will carry these memories back with you only to come back again.

Main Shrine

Narsobachi Wadi (नरसोबाची वाडी) or Narsoba Wadi (नरसोबा वाडी) or Narsimha Wadi (नृसिंह वाडी) or Wadi (as is is lovingly called) is situated 51 kilometres from Kolhapur. This place is famous as the abode of Shree Dattatreya.  This holy place is at the confluence of Krishna and Panchganga rivers.

Main Shrine


This village is a major tourist hub for many who love to see the confluence of the two rivers Panchganga and Krishna. With a lot of archaeological value this became a major pilgrim spot when Shri Dattatreya in his Narsinh Saraswati incarnation is believed to have lived here for as long as 12 years. There are no images or idols here which show his presence. But there are two padukas or slippers which immortalize this great saint.

It is said that this whole area was actually a thick forest earlier. Those days Narsinh Saraswati Swami was here in penance. The temple in fact goes back to around 500 to 600 years. There is lot of offering in the temple everyday from dawn. There is a great puja with leaves and the golden crown here is worth a look. The palanquin here is taken out with a lot of hymns that are sung. There is a story that goes behind the temple here.

Narsinh Saraswati Maharaj

It is said that Sripad Swami had told a lady who belonged to the Brahmin community that she had to devote her entire life to Lord Shiva. She did this and she was born in a place which was near Akola. The family where she was born was of pious nature and they called here Amba. She married Madhava Sharma who was another pious man. She became a very dedicated devotee of Lord Shiva. She had a son who did not cry at birth. Instead the baby said Aum. Everyone was amazed that the baby said the eternal sound. So everyone believed that this was the incarnation of the Lord himself. They called the child Narahari meaning the person who dispelled miseries. This Narahari could not speak and one day he signaled with signs that he wanted to have the sacred thread ceremony. He learnt the Gayatri mantra, and became a Brahmacharaya. Narahari under the advice of his mother went to beg alms and then took sanyas and renounced all the worldly pleasures.

In this way he showed that life is very short and we have to have the attitude of self realization. And with such thoughts Narahari became enlightened and blessed his mother with the sight of his actual divinity.

His mother when she saw this form was reminded of her previous birth and recognized him as Sripad who had saved her from committing suicide. She was happy that she had become his mother in this birth and asked him to stay till they got more kids. Soon everyone started coming to worship him and they all leant the art of self realization. After his mother had more kids, he put on his sandals and went to renounce the world. He went to Badrinath via Kashi and then after accepting His Holiness Swami Krishna Saraswati as his guru he took the vow of Sanyas. Thus he came to be known as Narsinh Saraswati.

Main Temple

Narsobachi Wadi is one such place where he stayed and it is today a place of a pilgrimage. People normally come here when they are very troubled and upset and they get a great sense of spiritual and religious rebirth. There are many more places like Gangapur, Audumbar, which are believed to be great pilgrim spots where this holy man has lived.

The absolutely sublime ambience and the peaceful surroundings of Narsobachi Wadi make this place a great pilgrim spot. The messages that are given here are that we should attempt to come closer to God through devotion and that the mind should be used to purify our thoughts. We should never hurt anyone in this world by action or deed and always we should consider ourselves blessed if we have the blessings of a guru. It is important that we understand the true value of life and realize that there is God residing in our own heart.

My personal experience:

My wife, once depressed with my misappropriate behavior, went to Narsobachi Wadi along with my kids to find answers to her questions. She took a bus from Swarget S. T. Stand at Pune and landed in Wadi (as it is very commonly called by the localities) in the late evening. It was raining cats-n-dogs when she reached but as she moved into the S. T. Stand at Wadi the rain stopped. She then tried to find accommodation for her and came to know all the hotels/bhaktnivas were full. The Bhaktnivas run by the temple made one small room available to her. With not much money with her, she was economizing on everything. Next day early in the morning she took ‘darshan’ of the deity along with my kids and was desperately thinking how feed my kids as they were very hungry. My wife and my son demanded a simple meal at the feet of Narsinh Saraswati Swami and to their surprise this wish was heard by the wife of the pujari at the temple. She invited my wife, my daughter and my son to her house and after preliminary introduction offered a full blown meal. A meal which contained rice, dal, bread (chapattis), 3 types of vegetables, salad, chutneys, curd, sweet dish and the most important thing ‘love’.

Yes this can happen only in Wadi. If your demands are ‘satvik’ they will be immediately fulfilled. From that day this place has become my second home. Today things have changed and our lives have changed for good. Our financial position has changed drastically and all this has happened because of the blessings of Narsinh Saraswati Swami (we lovingly call him ‘dutta maharaj’).

Yes this is a truly blessed place. No doubt about it and I’m sure many of my fellow travelers must have realized this from time to time. They will keep coming here every now and then. They know ‘dutta maharaj’ will solve their problems. That’s the belief and has been realized by them from time to time.

I strongly urge my friends to make a visit to this place at least once in their life time. I’m sure your goal to find peace with yourself will end here. I refer this place as an Epitome of Spiritual Destiny.

How to Get Here:

Narsoba Wadi S. T. Stand

This place is accessible by MSRTC buses from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Miraj, Sangli, Jaysingpur, Nipanni and Hubli. I request you to check the departure timings from Mumbai, Pune Kolhapur Nipanni and Hubli but you will find regular MSRTC buses from Miraj, Sangli and Jaysingpur.

This place is also accessible by railway from Kolhapur, Pune and Mumbai. The nearest railway station is Jaysingpur and is just 12 kms away. Only passenger trains stop here and so the next best place to alight are from Miraj or Sangli. There are 10-12 trains stopping here throughout the day and you will find one suitable to your need. I recommend you to use this railway option only if you are low on cash as these trains will take most part of your day travelling. MSRTC buses are the best option as they save a lot of time. [Time taken by a direct MSRTC bus from Swarget to Wadi – 5hrs while railway will take at least 6-8 hrs.]

Distances in a nut shell:

Pune – Narsoba Wadi (254 Kms), Sangli – Narsoba Wadi (22 Kms), Miraj – Narsoba Wadi (19 Kms), Jaysingpur – Narsoba Wadi (16.7 Kms), Kolhapur – Narsoba Wadi (52 Kms), Audumbar – Narsoba Wadi (53 Kms), Nipanni – Narsoba Wadi (45 Kms), Mumbai – Narsoba Wadi (405 Kms via Mumbai Bangalore Express Highway).

Where to Stay and Eat:

Upasana Dham

This is at the entrance of the temple

This is at the entrance of the temple


There are numerous hotels and lodges to stay at Narsoba Wadi each with their own room fare, amenities, etc. You will find rooms from Rs. 150.00 per day to ones costing Rs. 2,500.00 per day. As you normally come to Narsoba Wadi on a pilgrim mood, I advise you to opt for the accommodation offered by Temples Bhakta Niwas or by Upasana Dham. These are the places right next to the temple and you could walk right into the temple bare foot.

Temples Bhakta Niwas also houses ‘Mahaprasad’ hall where Mahaprasad is offered to all the devotees in the afternoon from 12:00 to 14:00 (free of cost) and from 21:00 to 22:30 (free of cost).

You will find a lot of eateries here offering a variety of menu items from idly/dosa to Wada-paws, from full fledged vegetarian meals to Chinese dishes. Yes, only vegetarian foods are available here so if you are interested in some non-vegetarian delicacies Wadi is definitely not the place and don’t ask for one either.

Tirupati Snack House

Temple’s Daily Schedule:

05.00                           काकडा आरती & Paduka Puja
08.00 to 12.00             Rudrabhishek
12.30 to 13.30             Maha Puja, Aarti
15.00 to 16.00             Pavamana Sookta Parayan
19.30                            Dhoop Aarti
20.00                           Palkhi
22.00                           Shej Aarti
(after the Shej Aarti the temple is closed for devotees)

Major Temple Festivals:

Datta Jayanti, Narsimha Jayanti, Gokul Ashtami, Shripad Shrivallabh Jayanti

Contact Numbers Narsoba Wadi Temple:

02322-270006 / 270064

Places of Interest at Narsoba Wadi:

The temple and the ghat at the temple offer the best place for washing off your sins. You may also visit the ‘Samgam’ just ahead of the temple. This is the place where the holy rivers Panchganga and Krishna meet.

Boat ride on the river is also a good experience here as it gives you a view of the temple from the front. Boat ride can cost anything from Rs. 20.00 to Rs. 30.00 per person.

The best way to experience peace and tranquillity of this holy place is to sit on the steps of the ghat in the evening by the river. I’m confident you will carry these memories back with you only to come back again.

Main Chowk



Market Enterance



Ritual items

Rituals performed at Narsoba Wadi and I recommend:

There are numerous rituals that are regularly performed at Wadi and the prominent ones are: Narayan Nag Bali, Tripindi Shardh, Kalsarpa Yog Shanti, Navagraha Nakshatra Shanti, Dutta Yag, Maha Rudrabhishek, Maha Abhishek, Ganesh Yag, Gurucharitra Parayan, etc.

नृसींहवडीत हे विधी करता येतात:
नारायण नाग बळी, त्रिपीडी श्राद्ध, काल सर्प योग शांती, गणेश याग, श्री दत्त याग, नवग्रह नक्षत्र शांती, महारूद्राभीषेक, माहाभीषेक, गुरू चरीत्र पारायण, ई.
I have performed some of these rituals here under the guidance of Shri Uday Kulkarni (+919850518169) and Shri Govind Kulkarni (+919673638441) and I recommend them to those who wish to perform these rituals here in Wadi. These ‘guruji’s’ have a nice voice and recite the shlokas is a clear aesthetic way.

About Gautam Sohoni

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19 Responses to नृसिंह वाडी

  1. suryakant kadam says:

    Thank you very much for the information. I am following your guide lines during my first visit to narsobachi wadi on 6 nov 13.

  2. Santosh says:

    Hi, I want to perform Narayan nagbali puja. Can you tell me which puja you performed at wadi and how was your experience. Also can you give me contact of guruji….

  3. Aarti J says:

    This is really a great collective information for those who are new and first time visitor. Even for those who have visited once or twice may not have such detailed information about this holy place. This is really a good blog,

  4. Swati Langade says:

    Swati L
    This is such a important information useful for new visitors those who wants to visit this holy place of Maharaj SHREE GURU DEV DATT

  5. k. P. Wadekar says:

    K. P. Wadekar
    very good information about this Holy place of Datta Guru Maharaj

  6. Satish Ansingkar says:

    The information is really good, the compilation is good as well. Only small blot that could be found is the tangential reference of birthplace of Shri Nrusimha Saraswati,. His birthplace is ” Karanja” in Vidarbh (now in Washim District). This place is clearly mentioned in Gurucharitra. The Gurumandir there in karanja is as good as Narsobachi wadi. His home is still there with the room where he was born.

  7. nitin pandit says:

    very informative. thank you

  8. vasudev joshi says:

    good work thank you.

  9. sagar gujarathi says:

    Thanks for the information… It was really helpful:)

  10. arvind jadhav says:

    digambara diagambara shripad vallabh digambara

  11. Ragini says:

    After reading about this holy place i would defintely visit this place.

  12. T V S C Rao says:

    Thanks for the information. it helps every one. Thanks again.

  13. Rajesh Vaishampayan says:

    First of all thanks for such complete information. Very well composed and articulated. We are planning to visit the place hence the information would really be useful.

  14. sangamesh.v says:

    good effort , and good information is collected
    your experiences also very inspirable
    thankyou for providing all the information.
    jai guru datta

  15. Ramesh Sumant says:

    I have done 3 days Shri Gurucharitra Parayan in Mandir premises during Shree Datta Jayanti Saptah. I did not get room in Bhaktanivas and also in Upasana dham, as I was alone. So I stayed in a lodge near Bus stand. Joshi Bhojanalay is best for your lunch and dinner. We get Mahaprasad everyday during 12 to 2.30 in afternoon in Mandir which consist of bhat, aamti and shira. On Upavaas day we get bhagar and aamti and shrira.

  16. Yogesh Parab says:

    Thank you very much for the information.

  17. D. G. JOSHI. says:

    Thank you very much for the information.

  18. Suhas P.Madiwale says:

    Suhas P.Madiwale.
    Nice concise information.

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