Friday, November 5, 2010

Lord Dattatreya Mantras


Lord Dattatreya is the incarnation of the Holy Trinity consisting of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He thereby has the combined qualities of the Trinity. He is considered as the Guru of all Gurus. This incarnation of the Creator, the Protector and the Destroyer is said to be very kind to his worshippers and bless them with all they need. Lord Dattatraya is normally portrayed with a cow representing Bhoomi Devi (Mother Earth) and four dogs at his feet representing the four Vedas. Dattatreya has three heads symbolizing the unity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He also represents the time (past, present and future) and the 3 main aspects of the Universe (creation, preservation and destruction).

Lord Dattatreya was born to Sage Atri and Anasuya because of the boon she received from the Trinity who tested her. They begged Anasuya who was well known for her chastity for alms and requested her to prepare and serve food for them after being naked. As it is considered wrong to turn guests away and Guests are considered as god she agreed to the request. But the power of her chastity was such that the Trinity had to turn infants to be fed by her. Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva was extremely pleased by her that they showed their original form and blessed Anusuya that she will give birth a son who will be the embodiment of the three Lords. The word Datta means ‘Given’. As he was given as a son to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya, he is also known as Atreya.

The taraka monosyllable mantra of Dattatreya is 'Daam' and the six syllable mantra is 'OM, ShriiM, HriiM, KliiM, GlauM, DraaM. Given below are some of the popular mantras of Lord Dattareya.

Om Guru Datta Namo Namaha ll
Om Hareem Parambraham Parmaatmane Hari Harbrahyendraya Dattatroyaye swaha ll

Dattaatreya Hare Krishna unmataananda daayaka, digambara, mune,
baala, pishaaca, jnaana saagara
ll

Om namo Bhagavate Dattaatreyaaya
smarana maatra samtushtaaya ll

Vedic Mantra for Dattatraya

Om Aaam Hreem Krom Ehi Dattatreya Swaaha ll
Om aim krom klim klum rham rhim rhum souhou Dattatreyay Swaaha ll

Dattatreya Gayatri Mantras

Om Dattatreya Vidmahe
Atri putraaya dhimahi
Thanno Datta prachodayat ll

Om digambaraya vidmahe
Yogishwaraya dhimahi
Tanno data prachodayat ll

Om Dattatreya vidmahe
Digambaraya dhimahi
Tanno data prachodayat ll

Om Dattatreya vidmahe
Avdootaya dhimahi
Tanno data prachodayat ll

Om Dram hreem krom
Dattatreya vidmahe
Yogishwaraya dhimahi
Tanno data prachodayat ll

It is said that chanting these mantras can help counteract the malignant influences of the planets (navagrahas), cure diseases and bring peace and joy.

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