Varadapura – Varadahalli is around 6 Km away from Sagar, Shimoga District. This is a sacred place where Bhagavan Sadguru Sridhara Swamiji did severe austerities and attained Mahasamadhi. Here there is a temple built in the place of his Samadhi (tomb). Everyday thousands of devotees visit this place. In this ashram, accommodation facilities are available for tourist. Morning “Mahamangalarathi” will be conducted early morning around 8:00 a.m. and at 12 p.m. When swamiji was there at ashram he said to his devotees that the “Paduka” kept at ashram is “Kamadhenu” which gives everything if properly prayed by the devotees. Here there is a small pond which is called “Shridhara Teerta”, water from this pond comes down and falls from the mouth of cow. One day on 12/05/1955, Swamiji himself removed little mud from the hillside and water started to ooze out and that itself became “Shridhara Teerta” and Swamiji blessed this water in such a way that whoever takes bath in this water or drinks this water will cure off their diseases. Even in the rainy season or in the winter people take bath in this water and take home in water cans.
Swamiji was born at a place called “Chincholi” which is around 12 miles from Ganagapur (where famous temple of Dattatreya is situated) on Margasheersha shudda purnima, the same day when Lord Dattatreya was born. Ganagapur is a city in Aurangabad District in the State of Maharashtra. Swamiji was well versed in English and Sanskrit and wrote several poems. He was a disciple of Samartha Ramdas and he stayed at Sajjangad and offered his services to his Guru Shri Samarth Ramdas by washing clothes on Samadhi of Shri Samarth, sweeping the floor, and reciting Dasbodh at ashram and finally got “Darshan” of Shri Samarth at Sajjangad. According to the order of Shri Samarth, Swamiji came down to Southern India and he has uplifted the society by preaching Hindu Dharma and doing penance for the well being of the world.
Dharmadwaja on the top of the hill in Varadahalli, which was installed by Swamiji. Swamiji left his physical body on April 19, 1973 and devotees built a temple for Swamiji’s samadhi.
Picturesque view of surrounding hills at Varadahalli from the top of the hill where Dharmadwaja is hoisted.
Please visit this website for more detailed life history – Biography of Bhagavan Sadguru Shri Shridhara Swamy Maharaj
How to reach:
From Bangalore there are lot of busses to Sagar (Shimoga District). After getting down at Sagar, can take an auto rickshaw to Varadahalli.
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