Dattatreya, aka: Dattātreya, Datta-atreya; 9 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Dattātreya (दत्तात्रेय):—One of the sons of Atri and his wife Anasūyā. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 4.1.15)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Dattātreya (दत्तात्रेय).—(datta) A hermit famous in the purāṇas. Birth. Anasūyā, the wife of hermit Atri gave birth to Dattātreya. But Dattātreya was the incarnation of Mahāviṣṇu. (See full article at Story of Dattātreya from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Dattātreya (दत्तात्रेय) refers to one of the various Vibhava manifestations according to the Īśvarasaṃhitā 24.302-309.—Accordingly, “then Datta shall be meditated upon (thought of) as having knowledge for the body. He is stainless and illumines the right path by the rich (multitude of) radiance to men, sages and gods and to those who are interested in meditation who have acquired slight taste and follow the way of Brahman. He could prevent air from getting into and going (out of the bodies of people) and do the same thing to the mind. He could control (similarly) the Vedas, Āgamas and activities, castes and orders (in life) and is a guardian of castes and orders. He shall be thought of (as staying) above. the tree of intellect which does not shake (move), which is within the sea of mind and is rich in having the creepers of names (expressions). He is dark like the hill in the rainy season, is comparable to the fire in his lustre and destroys the net of obstacles as also the groups of sleep and laziness. He is to be meditated upon as having two hands. The form of an eminent Brahmin resembling a blossomed lotus and as holding a staff, darbhas and a rosary garland”.

These Vibhavas (eg., Dattātreya) represent the third of the five-fold manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness the Pāñcarātrins believe in. Note: Dattātreya is the son of Atri and Anasūya; it is held here that he represents Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva. Kārtavīryārjuna is said to have become great through his favour. Dattātreya is held to be a descent of Viṣṇu. Datta is a part of the name Dattātreya.

Source: archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 1

Dattatreya (दत्तत्रेय) or Dattatreyasaṃhitā is the name of a Vaiṣṇava Āgama scripture, classified as a tāmasa type of the Muniprokta group of Pāñcarātra Āgamas. The vaiṣṇavāgamas represent one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom).—Texts of the Pāñcara Āgamas are divided in to two sects. It is believed that Lord Vāsudeva revealed the first group of texts which are called Divya and the next group is called Muniprokta which are further divided in to three viz. a. Sāttvika. b. Rājasa. c. Tāmasa (eg., Dattatreya-saṃhitā).

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (pancaratra)
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Dattātreya (दत्तात्रेय).—An combined incarnation of Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Śiva of the Supreme Lord who appeared as the son of Anusuyā by Atri Muni to teach the path of mystic yoga.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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dattātrēya (दत्तात्रेय).—m (S) pop. dattātrēyaavadhūta m The son of the ṛṣi atri. He comprises in himself the triad, brahma, viṣṇu, śiva. His daily journeying was thus--For the early morning ablution, to kāśī, for the noon ablution, to mātāpura or māhūra, and thence for bhikṣā or alms, to kōlhāpūra, and for the night's repose, to the sahyādri or Western ghaṭs.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dattātrēya (दत्तात्रेय).—m The son of the ṛṣi, atri.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Dattātreya (दत्तात्रेय).—Name of a sage, son of Atri and Anasūyā, considered as an incarnation of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśa; Bhāg. 9.23.24.

Derivable forms: dattātreyaḥ (दत्तात्रेयः).

Dattātreya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms datta and ātreya (आत्रेय).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dattātreya (दत्तात्रेय).—m.

(-yaḥ) A sage, the son of Atri given to him by three deities Bramha, Vishnu and Siva. E. datta, and ātreya son of Atri: also datta.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Datta
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Jayadatta
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Shivadatta
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Anandadatta
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Dattadara
Dattādara (दत्तादर).—mfn. (-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Treated with respect. E. datta, and ādara respect.
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