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3 Avatars of Shri Datta Guru
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Three Avatarsof Shri Datta Guru
3 Avatars of Shri Datta Guru

Shri Guru Dattatreya or Shri Datta Guru is Hindu deity (Ishta Devata) encompassing the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, collectively known as Trimurti. In the Nath tradition Dattatreya is recognized as an Avatar or incarnation of the Lord Vishnu and as the Adi-Guru (first teacher) of the Adinath Sampradaya of the Naths. Dattatreya is primal manifestation in the Guru tradition (Supreme Guru principal). Dattatreya is considered to be the presiding deity (Ishta Devata) for the path of yoga – therefore called as "Lord of Yoga". It is believed that when the Lord made the Universe. He introduced himself into the creation as Dharma. The planes of existence were created, the beings related to every plane were created and the Dharmas were enunciated. The beings in various planes needed to be guided back unto their original state. The need was felt by the beings, to be guided in terms of their Dharma. For that reason, the seers worshipped the Lord and invoked him as the teacher (Guru). Out of compassion, the Lord Absolute himself, came down as the teacher to be in the creation and to guide them. He has, thus, donated himself to the creation for a second time and therefore is called Datta (meaning given).

What is Purna Avatar?

The power that various Avatars have differs greatly. God sometimes incarnates with full powers and sometimes a smaller portion of his glory depending on the purpose (Visit Dashavatar). The Lord’s manifestation in His Avatars ranges from nine to sixteen digits or rays (called Kalas). The full or Purna Avatars are those in whom all sixteen rays are present. Purna means it is complete in all respects. From their birth till returning back to Vaikuntha. A Poorna Avatar is one where the avatar is fully conscious, simultaneously about his Jiva form, his God form and his Turiya (Brahm) form, even at the time of their birth.

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Shripad Shri Vallabha - 1st Purna Avatar
Shripad Shri Vallabha - First Avatar of Shri Datta Guru
Shripad Shri Vallabha - First Purna Avatar (1320 - 1352)

Shripad Shri Vallabha is the first Purna Avatar (incarnation) of the Shri Dattatreya in the Kali-Yuga (iron age or darkest age). Shripad Shri Vallabha was born in 1320 to Sri Appalaraja and Sumathi Sarma in Pitaapuram (Andhra Pradesh, India).

Story of the divine birth: Aappalaraja and Sumati Sarma were devotees of Shri Dattaatreya. Once they was preparing for the Shraaddha (a yearly ceremony to pay homage to the departed souls) and many Brahmins were invited as guests for the event. Around noon, a Bhikshuk came for Bhiksha. Though custom prevents it but Veda says the one who comes for food at any eating time is none other than Vishnu himself, before feeding the invited Brahmins, Sumati offered food to the Bhikshuk, considering him as Lord Vishnu to whom the whole annual ceremony was being offered. Her faith touched the Lord's heart and He at once granted her a vision of this true form. His glorious form had three heads, clad in a tiger's skin and his body besmeared with Vibhuti (sacred ash). The Lord said, "Mother, I am pleased with your devotion. Even before you fed the Brahmin guests, you have given me food with the full faith that this is the Lord in the guise. Now, ask me for anything you wish and it shall be granted".....

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Shri Narasimha Saraswati - 2nd Purna Avatar
Shri Narasimha Saraswati - Second Avatar of Shri Datta Guru
Shri Narasimha Saraswati - Second Purna Avatar: (1378 - 1458)

Shri Narasimha Saraswati is the 2nd Purna Avatar of Shri Dattatreya. He was born in 1378 in Karanjapur, Maharashtra. After he was born the first words he said were OM which is considered very holy. However, until he was 7 he did not utter any other word other than OM, so his parents were worried about his speech ability. However, he showed by hand gestures that after his Upanayana (Munja) he will be able to speak. In fact after his Munja was performed he was able to speak all the Vedas and even started delivering lectures on it. 

Shri Narasimha Saraswati performed many miracles in his life. Shri GuruCharitra is a book which describe a life of Shri Narasimha Saraswati. The source of this script, Shri Guru Charitra, is still a mystery. One of the events in his life was the meeting with the Muslim king (Sultan) of Bedar who is possibly Allauddin-II of the Bahamani Sultanate who was ruling that area that time. Bedar visited Narasimha Saraswati because he was suffering from a blister which was not curing. No one was able to cure, so he was advised to visit Narasimha Saraswati, and after visiting him he was cured. After the meeting with the Muslim king, Narasimha Saraswati thought that his fame has gone to such an extent that now all types of people will start coming in, and will start troubling him and his disciples. Thus he decided to take Samadhi in 1458. He left for the Kardali-vana (jungle of Kardali tree).

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Shri Swami Samarth - 3rd Purna Avatar
Shri Swami Samarth -Third Avatar of Shri Datta Guru
Shri Swami Samarth - Third Purna Avatar: (1856 - 1878)

Shri Swami Samarth (also called Sri Akkalkot Swami Samarth) is thrid Avatar (incarnation) of Lord Dattatreya. It is mentioned in the holy book of Shri Gurucharitra that Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati (2nd Avatar of Lord Dattatreya) entered into mahasamadhi in Kardalivana in 1458. He stayed in Samadhi for over 350 years and emerged from samadhi because a woodcutter accidentally cut through a tree and hit Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati (or Sri Swami Samarth). This awakened Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati from the prolonged samadhi. That divine personality is now known as Shri Swami Samarth. After emerging from samadhi Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati (Shri Swami Samarth) traveled all over the country. He appeared at Akkalkot (Maharashtra State) in 1856 and stayed there for 22 years till 1878 where he took Mahasamadhi.

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