Shri Balappa Maharaj, the second in the line,formed the Guru Peetham (lineage of Masters) on the orders of His Guru, Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj. As the work and teachings of Shri Balappa Maharaj grew the devotees appealed in a letter to the ruler of Akkalkot State for providing a plot of land, aplace from where teachings and philosophies of Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj could be spread. On 8 th of August 1901 a piece of land was donated to Shri Balappa Maharaj. On instructions received from Swami Maharaj, a Math was founded in the heart of Akklakot town and all the blessed emblems and insignias 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 Shree by inheriting the Divine tradition of Masters. `Balappa Math’ which is a symbol of the Eternal Guru Shishya tradition was renamed as `Guru Mandir’ by Paramsadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj. 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 residential facility for the devotees who would come to seek 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 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. They are all provided free Prasadam (food) in the Guru Mandir premises. The tradition started more than a century ago is still going on.
Maharshi Jamdagni and Bhagwati Renukamata, the parents of Lord Parshuram along with their family had resided at this place for some time. He had established his Ashram here and used to perform daily Agnihotra. On the floor of the land of this place were arranged Yagnya pits for Garhapatya, Aahavaniya and Dakshinagni fires for the performance of his Agnihotra. These fire pits were situated just at the same spot where centuries later Divine Fire had appeared before Shree. Lord Parshuram had also appeared in Guru Mandir dressed as a Yogi.
Shree had many visions where He was told of the historical and spiritual importance of this land.