Dattatreya or Datta is considered by Hindus to be god who is an incarnation of the Divine Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The word Datta means "Given", Datta is called so because the divine trinity has "given" themselves in the form of a son to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya. He is the son of Atri, hence the name "Atreya."
In the Nath tradition, Dattatreya is recognized as an Avatar or incarnation of the Lord Shiva and as the Adi-Guru (First Teacher) of the Adinath Sampradaya of the Nathas. Although Dattatreya was at first a "Lord of Yoga" exhibiting distinctly tantric traits, he was adapted and assimilated into the more 'devotional' Vaishnavite cults, while still worshiped by millions of Hindus.
Dattatreya has left home at an early age to wander
naked in search of the Absolute. He seems to have spent most of his life
wandering in the area between and including North Karnataka, through
Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, and into Gujarat as far as the Narmada River.
He attained realization at a place not far from the town now known as Gangapura
in North Karnataka.
Pin Kettu of the Irumudi of Sabarimala Temple There are 2 coconuts in the pin Kettu (back end pouch). One of it is to be broken at the Pampa River. Another coconut is to offer to the Malikapurathamma (Bhagavathi). Here the coconut is not to be broken. It is to be rolled on the ground in front of the deity of the Bhagavathi.
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