Shri Datta

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Names of Shri Datta and their meanings

Datta means the one who has been given the spiritual experience that He is Brahman. The one who is already liberated, or is the soul Itself, is Datta. In this article we will see the names of Shri Datta and their meanings, history of Deity Datta’s birth and implied meaning of Deity Datta’s family.

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Science of Spirituality underlying the Idol of Shri Datta

Every Deity is a Principle existing from one Yug(Era) to another. The Principle of the Deity manifests in the saguṇ (Materialised) form as per the need of the times. Man begins to worship the Deity in its various forms. From the year 1000 A.D. the idol of Shri Datta became three-headed; prior to that, it was only one-headed.

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Worship of Shri Datta

Deity Datta is Gurudev (Spiritual Master). He is supposed to be worshipped in the form of the Guru. Various forms of worship, for example – puja, Arati (Ritual of waving a lit lamp in front of a Deity), bhajan (Devotional songs) etc. bestow benefit of the Principle of the Deity.The only form of worship that can be continuous is chanting.

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Rangoli designs associated with Shri Datta Principle

Especially on Thursday and on Datta Jayanti, draw sattvik rangolis which attract and emit Datta Principle, at home or in the temple. Due to these rangolis, the environment is charged with the Datta Principle and the devotees benefit from it. Some examples of rangolis which attract and emit the Datta Principle are given here.

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Incarnations of Shri Datta

Since Datta performs the function of the Guru principle His mission continues till all attain the Final Liberation (Moksha). Shri Datta assumed sixteen main incarnations. Shripad Shrivallabh was the first incarnation of Shri Datta. Shri Nrusinha Sarasvati was His second incarnation.

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Shri Datta’s Arati

Shri Datta’s Arati (A ritual of waving a lit lamp in front of a Deity and Saints, accompanied by singing of hymns) has been composed by Saint Eknath Maharaj, as a result it is full of Chaitanya (Divine consciousness).

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