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Audumbar Datta

Audumbar Datta Temple is on the banks of the Krishna River. It is built in honour of Narsimha Saraswati, a great saint and supposedly the second incarnation of Lord Dattatraya.

Districts/Region

Sangli District, Maharashtra, India.

History

Audumbar got its name because of the abundance of Audumbar Trees (Ficus Racemosa) here.
The sacred Audumbar village is known for the shrine of Lord Dattatreya built in honour of the 14th-15th century Saint Shri Narasimha Saraswati, considered to be the second avatar of Lord Dattatreya. Shri Narsimha Saraswati performed Chaturmas Anushtaan for four holy months and blessed the land of Shri Kshetra Audumber that made Audumbar a divine and holy place. 
This is the legend of Shri Narsimha Saraswati, Narasimha was born to a poor Brahman couple, Madhava and Amba, in about 1304. Even After his thread ceremony, he could not recite any of his lessons and so faced a lot of insults from his elders and teachers. So he left his home and came to Audumbar on the bank of Krishna and prayed to Maa Bhuvaneswari for three days and nights without taking any food. But the goddess remained unmoved by his severe penance upon which he cut off his tongue and laid it at her feet. Taking pity, the goddess advised him to go to Audumbar and pray to Narsimha Saraswati swami. The boy took the command and went to Sri Guru and fell at his feet. He received the blessings of Swami and became a scholar.
The belief is, with the blessings here, devotees get rid of their worries. Sage Bramhanand of Girnar discovered and renowned this divine holy place Audumber where Shri Narsimha Saraswati performed Chaturmas Anushtaan (4 holy months). 
The temple of Lord Dattatreya is by the banks of the Krishna River. Inside the temple are the ‘Padukas’ of Shri Narasimha Saraswati. The temple also has a statue of Shri Narasimha Saraswati and images and idols of Lord Dattatreya, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.

Geography

The temple is situated at a height of about 1000ft above the sea level, and as it is  on a high hill slope we see a fine view of the Vashishti river. 

Weather/Climate

The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature ranging from 19-33 degrees Celsius.
April and May are the hottest months in the region when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, but the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.
The annual rainfall in the region is around 763 mm.

Things to do

One can enjoy the Temple of Lord Dattatraya situated at a lovely spot on the banks of the River Krishna. 
Boats are provided by the temple trust to visit other temples and villages across the river.
Nearest tourist places

The nearest tourist attractions are: 
●    Ganpati Temple (20.2 KM)
●    Siddhanath Temple (24.1 KM)
●    Sagareshwar Deer Sanctuary (27.6 KM)
●    Sangameshwar Temple (30 KM)
●    Kille Machindragad (34.2 KM)
●    Ganesh Temple, Miraj (34.6 KM)
Special food speciality and hotel

Maharashtrian Cuisine is the speciality here.
The other speciality of Palus Taluka is Grapes.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

Nearest Police station:- Bhilwadi police station (1.9 KM)
Nearest Post office:- Bhilwadi post office (1.9 KM)
Nearest Hospital :- Krishnamai Hospital (12.8 KM)
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

●    The best months to visit the Temple are September to March.
●    Temple timings:- 6:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M
●    Entry is free.
Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi, Marathi.