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Dattatreya Jayanti: All you need to know about the Hindu Festival!

Dattatreya is a sanyasi and one of the lords of yoga in Hinduism.

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Delhi, Dec 13, 2016: Dattatreya Jayanti which is also known as Datta Jayanti is celebrated every year to mark the birth of the Hindu God Dattatreya. God Dattatreya is a combination of the three majestic entities ie. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Here are some interesting facts about the Dattatreya Festival:

  1. Lord Dattatreya happens to have acquired knowledge from twenty-four masters in his lifetime.The Datta community is said to have originated because of him. Many different temples are dedicated to him across India but are more prominent in Southern India.
  2. Dattatreya Festival does not have any fixed date.
  3. It usually happens to be celebrated in December on the full moon day. This year, it falls on 13th of December.
  4. There are certain important day timings for the festival:

Sunrise                                    07:03 AM

Sunset                                     17:38 PM

Purnima Tithi begins                  09:16 AM

Purnima Tithi ends                     05:35 AM

4. Many temples hold a seven-day festival that is dedicated to God Datta. Temple Manik Prabhu is one of them.

5. Celebrations take place from Ekadashi to Purima wherein many aartis take place. The initiation of the festival is marked by the recitation of the Shri Gurucharitra. The recitation of the Shri Gurucharitra starts a week prior to the festival.

6. There are certain rituals attached to the Dattatreya Jayanti which are religiously followed by the devotees. These rituals include:

  • The devotees have to wake up early, take bath in holy water bodies and observe a fast for the day.
  • Devotional books like Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita are read during the performance of the puja and flowers, incense stick, lamp, and sweets are offered to the God Dattatreya.
  • The devotees have to take seven circles around the Lord Datta’s idol and then distribute the prasad to everyone in the puja.
  • The usual rituals of applying sandalwood paste, vermillion, and turmeric to the idol or photo of the deity is also followed by the devotees.
  • Mantras like “Shree guru dattatreyaya namah” or “Om Shri Gurudev Datta”is also an auspicious ritual.

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War against terror is fight between moderates, extremists: Jordanian King

The Jordanian King arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day state visit. Earlier this month, King Abdullah had hosted Modi in Amman.

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War against terror is fight between moderates, extremists: Jordanian King, Abdullah II. Wikimedia commons
War against terror is fight between moderates, extremists: Jordanian King, Abdullah II. Wikimedia Commons
  • Jordanian King Abdullah II said that war against terrorism is not a fight between religions
  • He says that it is between moderates and extremists
  • The king also targets media which portrays terrorism in a wrong way

Visiting Jordanian King Abdullah II on Thursday said that the global war against terror was not a fight between different religions but between moderates and extremists.

King abdullah said terrorism is not about fight between religions. Wikimedia Commons
King Abdullah said terrorism is not about the fight between religions. Wikimedia Commons

“Today’s global war against terror is not a fight between different religions or people. It is between moderates of all faiths and communities against extremism, hate and violence,” the King said while addressing a conference on ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation’ here in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“What is heard in the news and what is shown about religion is what separates people,” he said.

He added that around the world, suspicions are inflamed by what different groups don’t know about others.

“Such ideologies of hate distort the word of God — to stir up conflicts and justify crimes and terror.

“We need to take these things seriously…they should never be allowed to distract us from the truth that faith should draw humanity together.”

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He said faith inspires countries like India and Jordan where different religious and ethnic groups have lived together.

“It is faith that brings together different civilisations together.

Modi visited Amman a weeks ago. Wikimedia Commons
Modi visited Amman a weeks ago. Wikimedia Commons

Compassion, mercy, tolerance are values shared by billions of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world.”

“These values put us together to act for our coming future,” he said.

The Jordanian King arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day state visit. Earlier this month, King Abdullah had hosted Modi in Amman. IANS

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