Shri Balappa Maharaj, the second in the lineage, formed the Guru Peetham (lineage of Masters) on the orders of His Guru, Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj. As the work and teachings of Shree Balappa Maharaj grew the devotees appealed in a letter to the ruler of Akkalkot State for providing a plot of land, a place from where teachings and philosophies of Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj could be spread. On 8th of August 1901 a piece of land was donated to Shree Balappa Maharaj.
On instructions received from Swamiji, a Math was founded in the heart of Akklakot town and all the blessed emblems and insignia’s of the Guru Peetham were placed there. This Math later came to be known as the Balappa Math.
It is the monastery which was glorified by Paramsadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj, by inheriting the Divine tradition of Masters. `Balappa Math’ which is a symbol of the Eternal Guru Shishya (disciple) tradition was renamed as `Guru Mandir’ by Shree. In Guru Mandir you can also see the Samadhi sites of Shree Balappa Maharaj and Shree Gangadhar Maharaj.
Swami Samarth Maharaj had also asked Balappa Maharaj to provide food and a place to stay for the devotees who would come to seek His grace and guidance. Balappa Maharaj in accordance with his Guru’s wishes started the tradition of providing food and accommodation in the Math for all the devotees. This tradition was continued by Shree Gangadhar Maharaj as well.
When Shreeji became the Peethadeesha (The person in charge of the Guru Peetham), He continued all the initiatives started by His predecessors. He would ensure that no devotee ever had to leave the monastery without food.
Today, the monastery housed in a heritage building for more than a century attracts thousands of people from all over the world who come to pay their respects at the feet of their Guru.
All the visitors are provided free Prasadam (food) in the Guru Mandir premises. The tradition started more than a century ago is still going on.