Swami Samartha of Akkalkot manifested as a eight year old boy about 873 years ago at Chelikheda near Hastinapur (Uttar Pradesh, India). He plunged into mahasamadhi in 1878, yet He has been granting His darshan to His devotees even today. He is the uncreated Creator, the One without second. Words are powerless to describe His prowess. He is revered as the teacher of all spiritual teachers (gurunam guruh). He is a direct incarnation of Supreme Consciousness or Para Brahman. As per "Shripad Shrivallabha Charitra" Guru Dattatreya took 3 Avatars: Shripad Shri Vallabha, Narasimha Saraswati and Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj. Shri Swami Smaratha comes from the age-old guru tradition of the Dattatreya sampradaya. The main chanting mantra of this tradition is: Digambara Digambara shripad vallabh Digambara.
How to reach Akkalkot: Akkakot is one of Block(Tehsil) under solapur district. Solapur is well connected from Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore by rail. There are many trains & buses from each stations to Solapur. It is around 675 – 700kms from Bangalore, 300 Km from Hyderabad and 270 Km from Pune. So reach the Solapur by train, bus or Air(Single flight from Mumbai daily). Akkalkot is 45 km away from Solapur towards east. You can reach there by state transport buses with Rs. 40 or you can take cab/Taxi from solapur to reach akkalkot.