Dattatreya Jayanti is also known as Datta Jayanti and it is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Hindu God Dattatreya (Datta) who is seen as a Trimurti Avatar – the united and single incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. It is observed on the full moon day in the month of Margasheersh as per the traditional Hindu calendar. Dattatreya Jayanti is also called Datta Jayanti.
Dattatreya narrated the secrets of Vedanta to Lord Subrahmanya and this teaching later came to be known as Avadhuta Gita. Dattatreya is worshipped in many places in India. The day is marked by special pujas and satsangs
Worshipful homage unto Dattatreya, the Trimurti avatar, the divine Son of the austere and illumined Sri Atri Maharshi and sati sadhvi, mahapativrata, Rishi Patni Sri Anasuya.
May the benedictions of this divine couple be upon all married couples, in all countries, throughout the world.
He is a supreme yogi.
The six hands of Lord Dattatreya are holding Sankha, 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 the feeling of love and compassion.
The Trishul represent triple energies of materialization, spirituality, and the third energy that maintains a balance between these two.
The Kamandal represents a little port containing water and it signifies that Lord Dattatreya is actually the carrier of life on earth.
The Begging bowl signifies that the individual should donate his pride, 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.
CELEBRATION OF DATTA JAYANTI
There is no specific spiritual ritual for celebrating Datta Jayanti. However, it is celebrated as follows –
Seven days prior to Datta Jayanti, there is a tradition of recitation of the Shri Gurucharitra (a Holy scripture that describes the glory of Deity Datta)
Other prevalent types of devotions are – singing bhajans (Holy songs) and pūjā (ritualistic worship).
The 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 happy and prosperous life. Lord Dattatreya shows the path of success and knowledge to the devotees that help them to achieve happiness and prosperity in life.