Dattatreya Stotram [1]

Dattatreya Stotram
[From Narada Puranam of Sage Narada]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

[Hindus worship Dathathreya a god in the form of a combination of the great trinity consisting of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He took this form due to Anasuya , the wife of sage Athri. One story tells that Narada poisoned the minds of Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvathy and told them that Anasuya is much greater than them. Incensed by this they sent their lords to Anasuya, who went and requested her to give them alms without wearing any cloths, She made them in to babies and combined them in to one. This God was Dathathreya. Another story tells of the trinity being forced to approach Anasuya to save the world from the curse of Nalayani. She did this but asked them to become her babies. These babies were Dathathreya (Vishnu), Durvasa (Shiva) and Chandra(Brahma). Once in a hurry when all these babies were crying together, she took them together and they became one. There is a small sect of Hindus called Datha panthis in Karnalaka and Maharashtra who worship only Lord Dathathreya. He is picturised as doing meditation along with four Vedas in the form dogs following him.]


Jatadharam, pandurangam soolahastham, krupa nidhim,
Sarva Roga haram devam Dathathreyam aham Bhaje.

I praise that Dathathreya carrying a matted tuft, white coloured,
Treasure of mercy and the God who cures all diseases.


Asya Dathathreya stotra manthrasya Bhagawan Narada Rishi,
Anushtup Chanda, Sri Datha Paramathma Devatha,
Sri datha preethyarthe Jape viniyoga.

The Sage connected with the prayer of Dathathreya is God like Narada,
The Meter is Anushtup, the God addressed is the divine God Dathathreya,
And this chanting is being done for pleasing God Dathathreya.

1. Jagat uthpathi Karthre cha sthithi samhara hethave,
Bhava pasa vimukthaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who creates the world,
And causes for its protection and destruction, who frees us from the bond of Karma.

2. Jara Janma vinasaya, deha shudhi karaya cha,
Digambara dhaya moorthe, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who destroys old age and births,
Who cleans our body and is the form of mercy, who wears directions as dress.

3. Karpoora kanthi dehaya, Brahma moorthi daraya cha,
Veda sastra parignaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who has a body like shining camphor,
Who carries the form of Brahma, who is an expert in Vedas and Sasthras.

4. Hruswa, deergha krusa sthoola nama gothra vivarjitha,
Pancha bhoothaika deepthaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who is free from short and long,
Small and huge, names, clans and shines due the five elements.

5. Yajna bhokthe cha yajnaya yajna roopa dharaya cha,
Yajnapriyaaya sidhaaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who feeds on the Yajna, who is Yajna,
Who takes the form of Yajna, who likes Yajna and who is a great sage.

6. Aadhou Brahma, Madhya Vishnu ranthe Deva Sadashiva,
Moorthi thraya swaroopaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who in the beginning is Brahma,
In the middle is Vishnu and in the end is Sadashiva and has the form of divine trinity.

7. Bhogalayaya, bhogaya yoga yogyaya dharine,
Jithendrya jithajnaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya who is temple of pleasure, who is pleasure
Who is an expert in Yoga, who has won over his senses as well as knowledge.

8. Digambaraya, divyaya, divya roopa pradhaya cha,
Sadodhitha para brahma, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who wears directions as cloth,
Who is divine, who can give a divine form and who is ever rising divine Brahmam.

9. JambudweepaMaha kshethre mathapura nivasine,
Jaya manasatham deva, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who lives in Mathapura,
Which is in Jambu Dweepa, Victory to the God of the minds.

10. Bhikshatanam gruhe grame pathram hema mayam kare,
Nanaswada mayi bhiksha, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who took alms in homes of villages,
In golden pot and got several tasteful alms.

11. Brahma jnana mayi mudraa vasthre chaaakasa bhoothale,
Prajnana gana bodhaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who shows the seal of knowledge of Brahmam,
Whose cloths are the sky and earth and who teaches nothing but pure knowledge.

12. Avadhootha sadananda, para brahma swaroopine,
Videha deha roopaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who is a mendicant, who has form,
of divine Brahmam and has the body form of the body less

13. Sathya roopa sadachara, sathya dharma paarayana,
Sathyasraya parokshaaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who has the form of truth, follows good behavior,
Who is the strong follower of Dharma of truth, and depends on truth as a matter of fact.

14. Soola hastha Gada pane, vana mala sugandhara,
Yagna suthra dhara Brahman, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who holds the spear and mace in his hand,
Who smells of forest garland and is the Brhaman who organizes Yajna.

15. Ksharakshara swaroopaya parathpara tharaya cha,
DAtha mukthipara stotra, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who has a form that is not stable as well one which is stable,
Who is greatly divine among divines and I pray Datha for salvation.

16. Dath vidhyadya Lakshmeesa Datha Swathma swaroopine,
Guna, nirguna roopaya, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, who gives knowledge, who is consort of Lakshmi,
Who is the form of his own soul, has form with properties and without properties.

Phala Sruthi
(Effect of Chanting)

17, Sathru nasa karam Stotram, Jnana Vijnana Dhayakam,
Sarva paapam samam, Yathi, Dathathreya Namothuthe.

Salutations to Dathathreya, this prayer destroys enemies,
Grants wisdom of religion and science and also removes all the sins.

18. Idham Stotram Maha Divyam, Datha prathyaksha Karakam,
Dathathreya prasadascha, Naradena prakeerthitham.

This very divine prayer, brings Dathathreya before you,
And also gets you the grace of Dathathreya and is composed by sage Narada.

Ithi Narada Purane Narada Virachitham Dathathreya Stotram Sampoornam.

Thus ends the prayer addressed to Dathathreya written by Narada from Narada Puranam.

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