Dattatreya Jayanti , also known as Datta Jayanti, is celebrated every year as the birth anniversary of Hindu deity Lord Dattatreya.
According to the Hindu calendar, Datta Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day of the Agrahayana month. On this day worshipping Lord Dattatreya (Datta) – the combined form of divine trinities – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva helps devotees to lead a prosperous and happy life. Lord Dattatreya provides relief from major problems of life and removes obstacles from the path of success.
This puja and vrat dedicated to deity Datta is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra. This year Dattatreya Jayanti will be observed on 3rd December, 2017.
Appearance of Lord Dattatreya
Lord Dattatreya is portrayed having six hands, each of them holding a shankh, a chakra, a gada, a trishul, a kamandal and a bowl.
- The Shankh represents divine sound.
- The Chakra stands for time.
- Gada is considered as a symbol of pride.
- Trishul represents triple energies.
- Kamandal signifies that Lord Dattatreya is the carrier of life on earth.
- The bowl signifies that an individual give away his pride, negativity, ego and evil thoughts.
Rituals of the day
- Like other pujas, devotees wake up early on the day and take bath in holy water bodies and observe fast for the day.
- Devotional books like Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita are read during the Dattatreya Jayanti puja.
- Specific flowers, incense sticks, lamps and sweets are offered to Lord Dattatreya during the puja ceremony.
- Devotees follow the usual rituals of applying sandalwood paste, sindoor and turmeric to the idol or photo of the deity
- It is also important that after puja commencement, devotees should take seven circles around Lord Datta’s idol.
- Chanting mantras like ‘Om Shri Guru Dattatreyaya Namah’ or ‘Om Shri Gurudev Datta’ is considered auspicious and beneficial for purity of mind and soul.