Shri Kshetra Garudeswar Garudeshwar
About Shri Kshetra Garudeswar
Garudeshwar is a sacred place to all devotees of Lord Dattatreya. It is the place where Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sree Vasudevananda Saraswathy Swamy Maharaj took his Samadhi. The Samadhi Mandir is on the banks of Narmada river. Garudeshwar is situated to the south of Tilakvada and to the east of Rajpipla.
Paramhans Parivrajakacharya Shreemad Vasudevanand Saraswati (Tembe) Swami Maharaj traversed the country for 23 years following strictly the harsh disciplines of Sanyas ashram.
The statue of Lord Dattatreya is really very impressive and hypnotizing due to its piercing eyes. There are regular artis taking place here at Guru Dattatreya temple as well as in Samadhi mandir of Swamy Maharaj in the morning and the evening.
By Rail: Direct trains are available from Hyderabad/Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Mumbai, Pune, Newdelhi to Vadodara. There is no railway station near to Garudeshwar in less than 10 km. How ever Vadodara Jn Rail Way Station is major railway station 74 KM near to Garudeshwar
By Bus: There are direct buses are there from Vadodara (Baroda) or from Rajpipla to Garudeshwar kshetra.
By Air: One can reach Ahmedabad airport from Hyderabad/Pune/Mumbai/Newdelhi etc. From Ahmedabad to Vadodara there are direct buses and trains are available.
Dharmshala near the temple for the devotees who want to stay for the night halt and for Parayana of Shree Guru charitra or Swamy Maharaj’s life history and stotras is available. The food prepared by the priest of the temple (Devasthanam Authority) is the only source of dinner here at the temple. Tokens are also issued for Food. Another is Gayathri Parivar Ashram which also provides Mahaprasadam. There is a famous Surpaneshwar fall, only around four miles away from this ancient temple. This fall is also worth visiting as the River water falls from the height of around eighty feet and present the most beautiful site.
Nareshwar is just 2 hours journey from Garudeshwar kshetra.
Paramhans Parivrajakacharya Shreemad Vasudevanand Saraswati (Tembe) Swami Maharaj washed his clothes and utensils himself and always travelled on foot and never used any footwear. Once on inspection, a devotee found and removed 20 thorns stuck in his feet. Swami Maharaj had not even given any indication of this. He passed through dense forests, hot deserts and steep mountains, facing extreme climates, wearing only a robe. Most of his 23 chaturmas were in small villages and remote places. People of all castes were the recipients of his grace and he was very sensitive and listened sympathetically to their sorrows and sufferings and provided counsel which if followed would remove or relieve their sufferings.