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Mokshada Ekadashi (IInd and Last Part)


On Mokshada Ekadashi, even Dattatreya was born to Rishi Atri and Anusuya and the day is celebrated as Dattatreya Jayanti or simply as Datta Jayanti. Dattatreya learned from 24 Gurus and taught people that even the tiniest object can teach you something. He also taught never to deride any organism.

Dattatreya is considered by many as the avatar of the Hindu trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Most of the times, He is represented in photographs as having 3 heads, 6 hands, 2 legs and a body. A cow and 4 dogs are seen nearby. The cow depicts Mother Earth and the dogs represent the 4 Vedas.

His worship is performed by offering him flower garlands, flower archana, archana with Tulasi leaves and Bael leaves. Ghee lamp lighted near the photo or idol. Dattatreya’s story is to be read and Dattatreya Shloka and Dattatreya Gayatri are to be chanted. He is the Guru of Yoga. Thus, we can start learning or performing yoga or meditation on this day. Camphor aarti is performed and prayer for all desires is offered to him.

About Gayatri T Rao

A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Multimedia Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

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