Lord Dattatreya is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to some beliefs, he is considered to be the form of Lord Shiva. It is said that worshiping on Dattatreya Jayanti on the full moon day of Margashirsha month brings blessings of Vishnu and Shiva. This time this date is falling on 29 December. It is said that Dattatreya contains the powers of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, all the three deities. Along with this, they are counted sixth in 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Worship of Lord Dattatreya-
It is believed that worshiping Lord Dattatreya by law is fulfilled by desires. Apart from this, with the grace of Lord Vishnu and Shiva, all things become spoiled. According to beliefs, Dattatreya received education from 24 Gurus and it was in his name that the Dutt community emerged. He also has a famous temple in South India.
1. To worship Lord Dattatreya, install his statue in the temple of the house or in some holy place.
2. Now offer yellow flowers and yellow things to them.
3. After this, chant their mantras.
4. The mantras are as follows; ॐ Dranda Dattatreya Swaha ‘second mantra ‘ॐ Mahanathaya Namah’.
5. After chanting mantras, pray to God for the fulfillment of the wishes.
6. On this day fasting or fasting should be observed till one veela.
Story of the birth of Lord Dattatreya-
According to the legend, once the three goddesses became proud of their sativa, the husband religion. Then Lord Vishnu created Leela. Then Narada ji visited all the three worlds and praised Anasuya’s virtuous religion in front of Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati ji. At this, the three goddesses stubbornly asked their husbands to test Anasuya’s husband’s religion.
Then Trudev disguised as a Brahmin, Maharishi reached the ashram of Atri, then Maharishi Atri was not at home. Seeing the three Brahmins, Anasuya went to them. When she proceeded to honor those Brahmins, those Brahmins said that they would not accept their hospitality until they would sit and feed them on their lap. Anasuya became worried about his condition. Then he came to know the truth of those Brahmins with his tapobal. After remembering Lord Vishnu and her husband Atri, she said that if her husband’s religion is true, then all three Brahmins should become 6-month-old babies. Anasuya made the Tridevas infants with their power. All three started crying as babies.
Then Anasuya took them into her lap and made them milk and put them all in the cradle. On the other hand, the three goddesses were worried about their husbands not coming back. Then Narada ji told him the whole incident. After this, the three goddesses were very sorry for what they had done. Those three goddesses apologized to Anasuya and requested to bring their husbands to the original form.