Sri Dattatreya Stotram is the compilation of hymns in praise of and in prayer to Sri Dattatreya. “Datta” means adoption and “Atreya” denotes the lineage of Sri Atri Maharishi, one of the seven maharishis.
Sri Atri had composed several hymns on various Deities. His wife is Sri Anasuya. She was very much devoted to the service of her husband and she had never wavered in her devotion.
Dattatreya Stotram Details
There is a story that Sri Narada, the Sage who traveled all the worlds came to know the piousness of Sri Anasuya and boasted of her virtues to the Goddesses Sri Parvathi, Sri Lakshmi and Sri Saraswathi.
This made the Devis send Sri Shiva, Sri Vishnu, and Sri Brahma to Sri Anasuya to test her. The three Gods went to the ashram of Sri Atri Maharishi and asked for alms to Sri Anasuya on the condition that she should not wear any clothes when giving the alms.
Sri Anasuya, to save her virtue as well as to follow the dharma of giving alms to the seekers, had converted the three Murthies into three Babies named Sri Datta (Sri Vishnu), Sri Durvasa (Sri Shiva) and Sri Chandra (Sri Brahma).
As all the three Babies were crying at the same time, she had converted the three Babies into a single Baby named Sri Dattatreya, meaning the adopted son of Sri Atri Maharishi.
Hence Sri Dattatreya is the combination of the three Gods. He is depicted as a monk/sanyasi with three faces (Sri Shiva, Sri Vishnu, and Sri Brahma) and six hands holding Trishul (trident), kamandal, shank (conch), chakra (wheel), Japa mala (prayer beeds), Gada, etc., and followed by four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and AdharvaNa) in the form of four dogs.
As depicted in the Stotram, Sri Narada himself has composed this as mentioned in Narada Puranam. The benefits of prayer and chanting of the Stotram are embedded in the text itself.
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Sri Dattatreya Stotram
The Devanagari script, the English transliteration, and the simple English translation of Shri Ashta Lakshmi Slokas are given below:
– Written and English translation by Mrs. Prabha Ravi.
श्री दत्तात्रेय स्तोत्रम्
सर्वरोगहरं देवं दत्तात्रेयमहं भजे ॥१॥
Sarvaroga haram devam dattaatreyamaham bhaje ॥ 1 ॥
Meaning: I sincerely worship Sri Dattatreya, the one Who has the matted hair, the ash color face, trident in His hand, who is the wealth of benevolence and Which God destroys all ailments. My salutations to Him.
भवपाशविमुक्ताय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते॥२॥
Bhavapaasha vimuktaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 2 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya creates, protects and destroys the universe. He grants liberation from the worldly life. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
दिगंबर दयामूर्ते दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते॥३॥
Digambara dayaa moorte dattaatreya namostute ॥ 3 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya extinguishes the sorrows of birth and ageing. He cleanses our body, mind and soul. He is the embodiment of mercy and wears directions as His attire. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
वेदशास्स्त्रपरिज्ञाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ ४ ॥
Veda shaastra parijnaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 4 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya has the body which has the color of the burning camphor. He is Sri Brahma, the creator. He is the scholarly master of the Vedas. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
पञ्चभूतैकदीप्ताय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ ५ ॥
Pancha bhootaika deeptaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 5 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya is beyond the bounds of measurement such as short, tall, thin and thick. He is apart from and is not limited by name, lineage and caste. He exists and shines in the five elements such as sky, water, fire, land and air. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
यज्ञप्रियाय सिद्धाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ ६ ॥
Yajnapriyaaya siddhaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 6 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya is the patron and the benefit of the homams (havan). He takes the form of the homams. He himself is the embodiment of the homams and He likes the performance of Homams. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
मूर्तित्रयस्वरूपाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ ७ ॥
Moortitraya swaroopaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 7 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya, at the commencement is Sri Brahma, the creator; at the middle, He is Sri Vishnu, the protector; at the end, He is Sri Shiva, the ever-lasting destroyer. He takes the form of all the three Murthies. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
जितेन्द्रिय जितज्ञाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ ८ ॥
jitendriya jitajnaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 8 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya is the one in Whom the worldly desires are available. He himself is the embodiment of bliss. He adorns yoga as costume. He has overcome and control over His senses. His knowledge is the greatest. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
सदोदित परब्रह्म दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ ९ ॥
Sadodita parabrahma dattaatreya namostute ॥ 9 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya wears the directions as His costume. His form is splendorous. He is the manifestation of Sri Brahma, the creator. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
भजमान सतां देव दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १० ॥
Jayamaanasataam deva dattaatreya namostute ॥ 10 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya is in Matapur, the sacred holy place in Jambudveepam (the peninsula with black current trees which denotes our Bharat). He is always worshipped. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
नानास्वादमयी भिक्षा दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ ११ ॥
Naanaa svaadamayee bhikshaa dattaatreya namostute ॥ 11 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya, as a hermit, goes for bhikshatana (asking for alms) to the houses and villages with the golden vessel. Various fragrances emanate from the vessel. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
प्रज्ञानघनबोधाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १२ ॥
Prajnaana ghanabodhaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 12 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya has the inscription and form of the ultimate knowledge. He wears the sky and the earth as His garments. He exists in the states of wakefulness, sleep and dreaming. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
विदेह देहरूपाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १३ ॥
Videha deha roopaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 13 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya is the holy philosopher. He is in the form of the eternal Brahma, the creator. He is in disembodied form. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
सत्याश्रय परोक्षाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १४ ॥
Satyaa-shraya parokshaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 14 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya is the truth personified Himself. His truthful deportment is perfect. He follows the truthfulness as His dharma. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
यज्ञसूत्रधर ब्रह्मन् दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १५ ॥
Yajna sootradhara brahman dattaatreya namostute ॥ 15 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya has spear and the mace in His hands. He wears the garland of fragrant wild flowers. He is the initiator of homams. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
दत्तमुक्तिपरस्तोत्र! दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १६ ॥
Datha-mukti parastotra Dathaatreya namosthuthe ॥ 16 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya has the forms of both visible as well as invisible manifestations. He is supremely great and radiant. The Stotram is recited to get the divine blessings of Sri Dattatreya. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
गुणनिर्गुणरूपाय दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १७ ॥
GuNaNirguna roopaaya dattaatreya namostute ॥ 17 ॥
Meaning: Sri Dattatreya is the embodiment of great knowledge and He is the lord of Sri Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. He has the forms of both existence as well as non-existence of attributes. My humble salutations and prayers to Him.
आश्च सर्वपापं शमं याति दत्तात्रेय नमोस्तुते ॥ १८ ॥
Sarvapaapam shamam yaati dattaatreya namostute । 18 ॥
Meaning: The chanting of this Stotram shall destroy the enemies and shall bestow the knowledge, wisdom and intelligence. The chanting shall alleviate all the sins. My humble salutations and prayers to Sri Dattatreya.
दत्तात्रेयप्रसादाच्च नारदेन प्रकीर्तितम् ॥ १९ ॥
Dattaatreya prasaadaccha naaradena prakeertitam ॥ 19 ॥
Meaning: This Stotram is exceedingly divine and it provides the direct perception of reality. I, Narada has composed this Stotram by the grace and benevolence of Sri Dattathreya.
Meaning: As mentioned in Sri Narada purana, as recited by Sri Narada, thus Sri Dattatreya Stotram is concluded.