Dattatreya Jayanti, 22 December 2018

Dattatreya Jayanti, 22 December 2018

Dattatreya Jayanti is a holy Hindu annual event. Dattatreya Jayanti is also called Datta Jayanti. Sage Dattatreya is also known and called as Datta or Datta Guru. Dattatreya refers to an ancient Sage, Guru, Sannyasi Dattatreya. Sage Dattatreya is regarded as a God in Hinduism and a universal Guru. ‘Datta’ part of the name Dattatreya means to give or given. Atreya comes from Sage Dattatreya’s father’s name Atri. Jayanti means birthday or anniversary. 

Dattatreya is the incarnation-avatar of the three top deities God Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva, the three together are called Trimurthi. In many pictures and idols, Sage Dattatreya is depicted with three heads and several hands, representing the three deities Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva, and Lord Vishnu.

The Gregorian date of Dattatreya Jayanti can vary every year. The date is determined as per the Hindu lunar calendar. Dattatreya Jayanti falls in the Hindu calendar month of Margashirsha, on the day of full moon in it. This falls and corresponds to the Gregorian December-January period.

Dattatreya Jayanti is observed in India and Nepal. There are several Dattatreya temples in India and Nepal. Many devotees in different regions observe Dattatreya Jayanti. They wake up early, bathe, clean their surroundings etc. Many devotees observe Vrat, fast in worship to Sage Dattatreya. Many visit temples and perform prayers, Puja and Bhajans. Devotees seek Sage Dattatreya’s blessings, wisdom, to protect them, and have prosperous lives. It is celebrated most fondly and with fervor at the Sri Ganapathi Ashram, but in many parts of the Indian state Maharashtra also. 

Mata Anasuya was the mother of Sage Dattatreya, Chandra, and Durvasa. Chandra is the Earth’s moon. As above, Sage Dattatreya’s father was Atri.

A Mantra for Lord Dattatreya is—
                        Om Sree Dattatreya Namah 
                        ॐ श्रीदत्ताय नमः



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