His iconography varies regionally. In western Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh , for example, he is typically shown with three heads and six hands, one head each for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and one pair of hands holding the symbolic items associated with each member of the Trimurti : The jaapmaala and water pot of Brahma , the conch and sudarshana chakra discus of Vishnu, and the trishula trident and two headed drum of Shiva. In paintings and some large carvings, he is surrounded by four dogs and a cow, the dogs are a symbol of Duttaguru' s teaching of similitude and equality among all creatures especially animals, right from the pure and holy cow to the dog, the least and lowest of lifeforms in Hindu thought; this exegesis was put forward by a charismatic personality, the avtari purush godman of the Dattatreya lineage, Shri Ramakrishna Saraswati Kshirsagar Swamiji of Ambikapur Ahmednagar. The cow is adored and revered mainly in North India as a symbol of the Mother Earth who nourishes all living beings. This is evidenced by the Marathi text Navanathabhaktisara , states Mallinson, wherein there is syncretic fusion of the Nath Sampradaya with the Mahanubhava sect by identifying nine Naths with nine Narayanas.
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Translated by P. Dathathreya is worshipped as the combination of Brahma , Vishnu and Shiva. He took this form due to Anasuya , the wife of sage Athri. One story tells that Narada poisoned the minds of Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvathy and told them that Anasuya is much greater than them. Incensed by this they sent their lords to Anasuya, who went and requested her to give them alms without wearing any cloths, She turned them into babies and combined them in to one.
This God was Dathathreya. Another story tells of the trinity being forced to approach Anasuya to save the world from the curse of Nalayani. She did this but asked them to become her babies. Once in a hurry when all these babies were crying together, she took them together and they became one.
He is picturised as doing meditation along with four Vedas in the form of four dogs following him. My salutations to Dathathreya, Who is with matted hair, Who is Lord Vishnu , Who holds soola in his hand, Who is store house of mercy, And who is the panacea for all illness.
My salutations to Dathathreya, Who created all the worlds, Who looks after the worlds, Who destroys the worlds, And who grants redemption, From the bonds of sorrow of domestic life. My salutations to Dathathreya, Who destroys sorrow of birth and old age, Who cleans our body and soul, Who wears the directions as cloths, And who is the lord of mercy. My salutations to Dathathreya, Who has a colour of burning camphor, Who takes up the role of the creator, And who is master of the holy Vedas.
My salutations to Dathathreya, Who is much beyond, thin, thick, short and tall, Who cannot be limited by name or caste, And who shines in the five spirits of the world. My salutations to Dathathreya, Who is the result of fire sacrifices. Who is fire sacrifice himself. Who takes the form of the fire sacrifice, And who is the saint who likes fire sacrifices. My salutations to Dathathreya, Who in the beginning is the creator, Who in the middle is Vishnu who takes care, Who in the end is Shiva the destroyer, And who is the lord who represents the trinity.
My salutations to Dathathreya, Who is the place where pleasure resides, Who is the pleasures himself, Who is the great wearer of Yoga , Who has perfect control of his senses, And who is greater than any scholar.
My salutations to Dathathreya, Whose stamp is the knowledge of ultimate, Who wears the sky and earth as his cloths, And who is the three states of wakefulness, Sleep and dream. My salutations to Dathathreya, Who is truth personified, Whose conduct is perfect, Who follows truth as his dharma , Who depends wholly on truth, And who is not in visible form.
My salutations to Dathathreya, Who has in his hands he spear and the mace, Who wears garland of scented flowers of the wild, And who is the prime executor of fire sacrifices. My salutations to Dathathreya, Who is the great knowledge, Who is the lord of Lakshmi, Who has the form of the soul of Datha, And who has the form with and without properties.
My salutations to Dathathreya, Which would destroy my enemies, Which would give me knowledge of religion and science, And which would destroy all my sins. Toggle navigation. Dattatreya stotram From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia. Jump to: navigation , search. Category : Stotra. Log in Request account.
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