Dattajayanti – The Birth of Shree Guru Dattatreya
Shraddhavans all over consider Dattajayanti as a very auspicious occasion and a day of utmost purity. This day is celebrated on the Full Moon day in the month of ‘Margashirsha’ as per the Hindu calendar. Also, the day marks the birth of the firstborn Supra-ocular child of Adimata Chandika (The Supreme Goddess), Digambar-Dattatreya, in the form of a human incarnation, as Shree Guru Dattatreya (from a materialistic point of view).
Digambar-Dattatreya, appeared in the form of an auspicious, white (celestial) and divine light in Mata Anasuya’s womb. He was born in this world after a period of nine months and nine days at dawn on the day of the full moon in the month of Margashirsha. ‘Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation’ celebrates this most divine and sacred festival with joy and devotion under the loving care and guidance of Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu.
The significance of the month of ’Margashirsha’ :
Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu had discussed the significance of the month of ‘Margashirsha’ during the discourse held on 3rd January, 2008. Bapu mentioned “Margashirsha essentially means the path on which a human being’s mind (Shirsha) is driven, at any desired pace, in any desired direction, till a desired point and without causing the mind to be fatigued or worn out in any sense. Not just that but also accomplishing the entire journey in a successful manner.”
Furthermore, Bapu says, Margashirsha is the path of the head or the brain. During this month, the human brain becomes utmost capable of accepting over a thousand ideas in thousand different ways. Parmatma says, “Masanaam Margashirshoham” i.e the Parmatama is himself considered to be the month of “Margashirsha”. And this month witnesses the birth of Shree Guru Dattatreya on the full moon day.
The Almighty gives way to a thousand different paths to the Sahastrar Chakra of every human being during this month. This is due to his unmerited and unbiased grace. Shraddhavans should be capable of utilizing this gracious gift of Margashirsha bestowed upon us by the Almighty. And also use the thousands of open paths to our Sahastrarchakra, to remove the negativity within us.
The importance of Dattajayanti:
This day holds much importance in the day of any person who keeps faith in The Parmeshwar. Every such person has enjoyed reading the story of the birth of Shree Guru Dattatreya which Aniruddha Bapu has narrated in the 41st chapter of the most sacred book “Matruvatsalyavindanam”. The name Dattatreya was bestowed upon the eldest son of Chandika, ‘Digambar-Dattatreya’ after he was given birth to by Anasuya. Upon birth, Shri Dattatreya was granted the celestial virtues and qualities by His mother and father, Anasuya and Atri.
However as each year passed, Shree Guru Dattatreya offered these qualities back at the feet of His parents on each of His birthdays. In such a way, on attaining the age of 16, Shree Guru Dattatreya offered all the qualities bestowed upon him at the feet of His parents. After receiving permission from His parents, Shree Guru Dattatreya set out to begin the work of His incarnation which was to travel the world and preach.
In the very same book,
Aadimata Shree Chandika (The Supreme Goddess), while conversing with her eldest son Shree Guru Dattatreya, says to him,
“Oh my dearest and eldest son, Dattatreya! You are the unique (the sole – unparalleled), who completely understands the Supreme God (Parmeshwar) Dattaguru. Also at the same time, you are the only one to have experienced my motherly love as a son in all the three states, Supra-ocular, Subtle and Gross (Taral, Sukshma and Sthula) by my respective forms, Gayatri, Mahishasurmardini and Anasuya. I shall entrust upon you the entire control and responsibility of the fourth age (Kaliyug) as You are the son of Atri who is Dattaguru’s self-consciousness in the Gross(Sthul) form and Anasuya, who is in fact I myself in the same Gross(Sthul) form, and therefore possessing my divine knowledge of the 16 arts. Oh Dattatreya! You will now become the caretaker of the world, with the help and assistance of your younger brother, Parmatma.”
Post this, the ever caring mother Chandika mentions, in Kaliyug, the word, “Guru” will have utmost importance. And will be the one to return the fruits of hard work. This mantra will create Shraddhavans (people with faith in Parmeshwar, the Almighty) and will provide them with utmost strength. The mantra will also help the shraddhavans drive away their fears. Further in the same book, one comes upon Chandika’s eight avatar, ‘Dattamangalachandika’. The heart of this form of Chandika is Shri Guru Bhakti, which is essentially the devotion towards Shree Guru Dattatreya. A Shraddhavan can get rid of all the difficulties and make his life better during Kaliyug through Dattatreya bhakti. Therefore, the Shraddhavans consider Dattajayanti to be a very auspicious day, to kindle Shri Guru Bhakti in every person’s heart.
This sacred day is considered of utmost importance. Also, it is celebrated with the same purity and devotion by Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation. On the day of Dattajayanti, Shraddhavans perform Upasana at ShriHariGuruGram in the evening. The Upasana (rituals) commences with the pious chanting of the below Mantra 54 times:
भोः दत्तगुरु कृपया समागच्छ सर्व रुपाणी दर्शयः मम हृदये प्रविश्य मम सहस्त्रारे प्रतिष्ठ नमो नमः
To kindle the love of Dattaguru in your heart and have it permanently instilled in ones SahastrarChakra is what everyone is told to hold in their thoughts while chanting the mantra. This is followed by recitations of the “Ghorakashtodharan Stotra” written by Shree Vasudevanandasaraswati and “Dattabavani” written by Shree Rangavadhut Maharaj.
An utmost energetic atmosphere ensures after the chanting of the mantras. In the mellifluous hymn of “Om Sai Shri Sai Jai Jai Sai Ram,” the Shraddhavans experience the essence of Shri Guru Bhakti.
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Dattajayanti and the beginning of a pure period:
It is on this day that commences the Vardhaman Vratadhiraj. To invoke the Satvagun and Gurugun in oneself and keep them for life, every Shraddhavan piously celebrates the Vardhaman Vratadhiraj. It is like a promise and a vouch that being granted a human life, it will not go waste. It is a way to achieve the Nine Virtues of the Parmatma.
In the ShrimadPurushartha, the third section clearly mentions, “The vrat duration which begins on the full moon day of the month of Margashirsh, also celebrated as Dattajayanti, engulfs the Calendar New Year Day, and in such a way ensures that every shraddhavan begins their year on a spiritual and pure note.
The Dattajayanti of 2005 marked the auspicious beginning of the non-political daily newspaper “Dainik Pratyaksha” under the guidance of Dr. Aniruddha D Joshi. The Pratyaksha is the most noteworthy newspaper since it is giving a fair understanding of National/International occurrences for the past 10 years.