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.
Significance of celebrating Aadipooram festival in Tamilnadu As the name suggests, this day is observed when the asterism of Pooram is in the ascendant in the Tamil month of Aadi. The asterism of Pooram is contained in the zodiacal sign of Leo (simmaraasi); this means that the moon is in simmaraasi on this day; the sun, on the other hand, is in the zodiacal sign of Cancer (kadaharaasi) on this day. The planetary lord for simmaraasi is the sun and for kadaharaaasi, the moon. The day of Aadippooram is significant on this basis, where the sun is in the
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