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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
Index Of Maharastra Preface
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Morgaon - Moreshvar

Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

Tuljapur - Bhavani Ganagapur - Dattatreya
Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
Tryambakeshvar - Trymbak Khandoba - Jejuri
Pandhapur - Vitthal Glossary
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GANAGAPUR-DATTATREYA

As to the purpose for which Vishnu assumed the Datta incarnation, the Harivamsha states that his object was to save the world from the curse ofignorance. People had entirely forgotten the Vedas, they never bothered to perform Vedic rites like sacrifices, nor were they any longer aware of the fourfold division of society. In this darkness Vishnu stepped in. Kshama or mercy was the chief characteristic or guna of this incarnation as is only befitting for one who is out to revive knowledge. Dattatreya revived the study of the Vedas, lifted knowledge from the depths it had reached, re-established Vedic rites and sacrifices and enforced the chaturvarnya system once again.

This incarnation was, thus, meant for the specific purpose of the revival of true know ledge-sat-dharma.This emphasis on the role of Dattatreya as the saviour of truth and knowledge is of cardinal importance in the understanding of the Datta cult. It is this emphasis that is the origin of the custom of referring to Datta- treya as Shri Guru. Once this concept of Datta as ‘Guru’, the great preacher of dharma, had taken firm root in the religious traditions of the society, a very interesting phenomenon occurred.

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