Listen the Chanting of Shri Datta
- 1. Video: Scientific information about Shri Dattatreya (Hindi)
- 2. Spiritual significance of Datta Jayanti
- 3. Celebration of Datta Jayanti
- 4. Dattapeetham: Ayodhya of Southern India
Datta Jayanti is a celebration of the birth of Shri Datta. Shri Datta was born in the evening of the full moon day (paurnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Margshirsh. Hence this day is celebrated as Shri Datta’s birthday.
In the era gone by, negative energies grew enormously in the gross and the subtle. The Deities efforts to vanquish them were unsuccessful. Then, under orders from Deity Brahma, Shri Datta had to incarnate at various places, in various forms and destroy the negative energies. The day of His incarnation is celebrated as Shri Datta Jayanti.
On the day of Shri Datta Jayanti, the Shri Datta principle is many times more active on Earth as compared to other times. On this day if one worships Shri Datta with devotion then one gets the maximum spiritual benefit from the Shri Datta principle.
a. Shri Datta is one who has been given the unmanifest (nirgun) spiritual experience that ‘the Self is Brahman,’ or that ‘the Self is the soul’ or that ‘one is free.’ A seeker has to do spiritual practice for many births in order to get this spiritual experience. The importance of Shri Datta can be understood from this point.
b. Shri Datta is the principle, which bestows the manifest (sagun) and unmanifest (nirgun) waves of Deities to the embodied soul (jiva).
There are certain steps taken to worship each deity and each step has its own spiritual significance. By following these steps one receives the maximum benefit of that deity’s principle. Knowledge received about what should be done while worshipping Shri Datta, is given below.
|Action of worship||Related Knowledge|
|1. Before worshipping Shri Datta, how should the worshipper apply the sandalwood paste tilak to self?||Two vertical lines, made with the right ring finger, just like Sree Vishnu.|
|2. Which finger should one use to apply sandalwood paste (gandh) to Shri Datta?||The ring finger of the right hand|
|3. Offering flowers|
|a. Which flower should one offer?||Jasmine|
|b. How many flowers should be offered?||7 or multiples of 7|
|c. What is the method of offering flowers?||The stalk should face Lord Shri Datta.|
|d. In what shape should the flowers be offered?||The flowers should be arranged in the shape of a spade|
|4.Waving lit incense sticks|
|a. Which incense sticks should be used to worship the saviour (tarak) form of Shri Datta?||Sandalwood, Jasmine, Kewda, Jaai, Amber|
|b. Which incense sticks should be used to worship the destroyer (marak) form of Shri Datta?||Heena|
|c. How many incense sticks should be offered?||Two|
|d. How should the lit incense sticks be waved?||They should be waved three times, in a clock wise direction while holding them between the index finger and thumb of the right hand.|
|5. How many circumambulations should one do around Shri Datta ?||Seven|
There is no specific spiritual scientific ritual found, which guides us in Datta Jayanti celebrations. There is a tradition though of reciting the Gurucharitra (a holy scripture which describes the glory of Shri Datta), seven days before this celebration. Singing holy songs (bhajan and kirtan) and ritualistic worship (puja) are the types of devotion that are prevalent in the celebration. In Maharashtra (a state in western India), the towns of Aoudumbar, Nrusinha Vadi and Gangapur are famous for the celebration of Datta Jayanti. Datta Jayanti is also celebrated in Tamilnadu (a state in southern India).
|Police prohibited members of Hindu organizations from performing puja in Dattapeetham at Chikkmagalur. Muslims have encroached upon the Dattapeetham area and have constructed a Durgah.|