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GANAGAPUR -DATTATREYA

Of these comparatively recent or historical incarnations of Dattatreya, of which Gurucharitra speaks, the frist is that of Shripad Shrivallabha. The life story of this avatar can be briefly narrated thus. Dattatreya was one morning moving around begging for 'madhukari’. He went to a house where a shraddh ceremony was in progress. It is a common custom that no food is served to any one on such an occasion before the priests are fed. But the lady of the house gave alms to the atithi, ignoring the custom. Dattatreya was greatly pleased and offered a boon to the lady. She asked that she become the mother of a son as worthy as the god. ‘Tathastu’ he said.

In due course she got a son who was christened ‘Shripad’. The life of Shripad who was nothing else than an incarnation of Dattatreya, was full of miracles and worthy deeds. At the time of his vratabandha or thread-ceremony, the child recited all the four Vedas. When the boy attained maturity the parents became keen on marrying him The young man refused to marry any girl as he was already wedded to Yoga’; and asked their permission to proceed for pilgrimages. The old woman pleaded with him in all manner but in vain. Their other children were lame or otherwise disabled and if Shripad deserted them who would look after them in their old age?

Shripad merely cast a glance at his brothers and all were rid of their deformities; became strong and healthy. This perhaps released him from the immediate responsibilities of his parents and pt their permission to depart on his pilgrimage- although so before be promised them to come and meet them when. ever they desired to see him. Then ensued a long treck of the various tirths and kshetras of the land. At a place named Kuvarpur he found a lady along with her son, on the point of committing suicide. Shripad dissuaded her from this folly although not before she had extracted two favours from him. The son was a dullard and that was the cause of the lady’s extreme action ; now he was turned into a brilliant pundit. Secondly, the woman got a promise that in the next birth she would beget a son of the stature of Shripad Shrivallabha. This incident made Kuvarpur famous as a centre of Datta worship and a number of people were able to get the benefit of the benevolent and kind nature of Shripad. This avatar came to a close on the twelfth day of the second fortnight of Ashvin.

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