Shri Dattatraya Jayanti
Shri Dattatraya Jayanti
Bhagwaan Dattatreya Jayanti is being celebrated on the complete moon day of Margashirsha month. Bhagwan dattatreya is considered to be the joint avatar of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhagwan Dattatreya came into existence for the son of Sage Atri and her wife Anasuya.
This festival is mainly celebrated in the state of Maharashtra. The devotees are believed to receive all kinds of benefits with the blessings of Lord Dattatreya .auspicious occasion of Dattatreya Jayanti is believed to provide protection from any kind of ancestral issues the individuals. It also helps the devotees to lead a happy and prosperous life.
The six hands of Lord Dattatreya are holding Snankha, Chakra, Gada, Trishul, Kamandal, and begging bowl. The significance of these is as follows:
- The Shankh represents the divine sound and is believed to provide knowledge and spiritual expansion.
- The Chakra stands for time and represents the fact that life is a combination of both good and bad times.
- The Gada is considered as the symbol of pride and it signifies to live life with self-importance.
- The Trishul represent triple energies of materialization, spirituality and the third energy that maintains a balance between these two.
- The Kamandal represents a little pot containing water and it signifies that Lord Dattatreya is actually the carrier of life on earth.
- The Begging bowl signifies that the individual should get rid of his negativity, ego and evil thoughts and should remain free from these evil energies.
Thus, all these six things signify the important facts of life that should be followed by the individuals to live a happy and problem free life.
Story of birth of Dattatraya
It had been thought that Anasuya was well established in Pativrata Dharma and this made jealousy in Mata Saraswati, Mahalakshmi and Parvati and so they told their husbands Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to check her Pativrata Dharma by requesting her to provide alms with no cloth on the body. All of the 3 God decided for their consort and visit place of Anasuya in the form of Sanyasis when Atri wasn’t present. They requested anasuya to provide them alms naked and she was shocked but she can’t refuse to give them alms as they were sages and on the same time was very devoted to her companion. Anusuya with her genuineness and attachment turned the 3 trinity into infants and then gave them alms with no clothes. Later than a short time, Atri came and he came to know that the three children are god Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva themselves. Considering such purity of Anasaya the 3 Gods blessed the couple with baby that have 3 heads which symbolizes the 3 Gods itself. As of that day the name of the child was Bhagwan Dattatreya and the day is being celebrated as the birth of Bhagwan Dattatreya.
The puja is started after cleaning the home, cleaning the body and preparing the puja prasad. After the puja is completed prasad is been distributed to everybody. Relating to the Datta Jayanti, it is advisable to complete Jaap of 6 malas, each 108 times and chant the Mantra “Om Shri Gurudev Datta”. It is thought that Lord (bhagawan) Datta resolves all the issues of the persons who worship him with full purity of mind and soul.
Devotees of Shri Datta read the Holy text Gurucharitra, recite it aloud and hear its recitation with great devotion and bhav (Spiritual emotion). It is a practice to perform parayanas (Periodic, repeated reading of a Holy text) of the Gurucharitra seven days before this celebration. This is known as Gurucharitra saptaha. Bhajan, pujan and specially kirtan are forms of devotion prevalent in Audumbar and Narsobawadi in Maharashtra, and Gangapur in Karnataka – all seats of worship of Shri Datta, where this celebration has special significance.