Shree Samarth Sadguru Ganapatrao Maharaj founded the hermitage, ‘Shanti Kuteer’ in the peaceful surroundings near the village, Kannur in 1961 and it has gradually grown to the present grand structure of having over 100 rooms for accommodation of the disciples. ‘Shanti Kuteer’ now boasts of a temple in honour of Shree Dattatreya, a carved beautiful image of Goddess Saraswati with a inscription “lead us to light from darkness”, colored paintings of Saints and prophets, the Bhakta Niwas on the main gate on which there are pictures of Lord Ganesh and the main arch on one side of which is carved the Geeta message by Lord Krishna to Arjuna, and on the other, Lord Shiva preaching Parvati, the Guru Geeta. There is also a big reservoir of water on which is the idol of meditating Lord Shiva. All these attract the minds of visitors. There is a big hall that can accommodate nearly 2000 people – this is especially useful during the Saptahs (spiritual seminars). There is also a kitchen and a dining hall that can seat 600-700 people at a time.
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