Dattatreya is the avatar of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva in one form. ‘Datta’ means ‘given and ‘Atreya’ means ‘son of sage Atri’. Hence the name means ‘the one who has given himself away as the son of sage Atri.’ Lord Dattatreya was the son of Anasuya and Atri. He has three heads, which indicate the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Dattatreya is regarded as the personification of all gods, saints, prophets, and yogis. He is also the Guru of all gurus. Dattatreya incarnated on earth to free people from ignorance and bestow spiritual joy and wisdom to them.
People often face several problems in life. Some of these are due to Pitru dosha, or Pitru shaapam, the curse of deceased ancestors. Pitrus are the souls of our late ancestors. Sometimes, these souls get stuck in the middle world, like Martyaloka and Bhuvaloka. This can happen if they are not satisfied with our offerings during Shraddha rituals, which are performed to appease them. Failing to perform such ceremonies for them, too, may cause problems in the family. Some of these are delays in marriage, lack of progeny, lack of domestic harmony, premature babies, children with physical and mental ailments, etc. These problems can be overcome if one chants the Dattatreya Mantra with devotion and faith in the proper manner.
Dattatreya mantra is a very simple mantra, which can be chanted by anyone, including women. There are no restrictions. As a matter of fact, Dattatreya’s divine form is the personification of the supreme reality, and hence, transcends religion. Thus, people of all religions can chant Dattatreya’s name and worship him. He is a very benign form of God. He is merciful, compassionate, and easily pleased.
Dattatreya Mantras and their Meanings:
Here are some Mantras that invoke Dattatreya for his blessings.
Hari Om Tatsat Jai Guru Datta:
(Meaning: I meditate on the divine form of Dattatreya as the supreme reality)
Shri Gurudev Datta:
(Meaning: Praise to Lord Dattatreya).
Digambara Digambara Shripad Vallabh Digambara:
(Meaning: The Lord has venerated feet and is adorned with the dress of the universe. He roams everywhere with ultimate grace and brilliance, blessing the worlds with happiness and prosperity).
The Mantras should be chanted as per the intensity of the ancestral problems that you are undergoing at home. If the problems are mild, chant the mantras for 15 minutes each day, and then increase it to one hour. If you have moderate problems, start by chanting it for 30 minutes a day and then increase it to 2 hours. And for very severe problems, start with 45 minutes a day and increase it to 4 hours. Those who face severe problems can also seek help from experienced priests to perform rites like Nārāyana Nāgbali, Nagbali, and Tripindi shrāadha, Kalsarpashanti.
Benefits of chanting Dattatreya Mantra:
Chanting the Mantra can create a protective shield around you always. Its benefits are manifold.
*Removal of 'Pitrushapa' or the curse of deceased ancestors.
*Harmony and happiness in the family
*Peace of mind and freedom from afflictions
*Well-being of children
*Improvement in children’s academic performance
*Commanding speech and self-confidence
An additional benefit of chanting the Dattatreya Mantra is that there is no need to give up worshipping your Ishta Devata, or family deity. You can begin and end your regular Pooja by chanting this Mantra, as it propitiates your Ishta Devta also, thereby bringing more blessings.