HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 15-1.



15. Dattatreya Jayanthi-1.

Om Namo Bhagavate Dattatreyaya

DATTATREYA Jayanthi falls during December-January on the full moon day of the month of Margaseersha.

His story is told as follows.

Anusuya is quoted as the model of chastity.

She was the wife of Atri Maharishi, a great sage and one of the seven foremost seers and sages.

She was well established in the Pativrata Dharma, the main elements of which are devotion to husband and regard of him as God Himself.

She did severe austerities for a very long time in order to beget sons equal to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the Hindu Trinity.


Once, Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvati requested their husbands (the Trimurtis) to test the Pativrata Dharma of Anusuya, by asking her to give them alms with an unclothed body.

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  ...


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