Dattatreya, Dattā or Dattaguru, is a paradigmatic Sannyasi (monk) of yoga, venerated as a Hindu god. He is known as ‘Trinath’, avatar of the three Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who are also collectively known as the Trimurti. In other regions, and some versions of texts, he is an avatar of Vishnu.
According to Rigopoulos, in the Nath tradition of Shaivism, Dattatreya is revered as the Adi-Guru (First Teacher) of the Adinath Sampradaya of the Nathas. The is the first “Lord of Yoga” with mastery of Tantra (techniques).
Dattatreya often shown with three heads and six hands. One head each for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva who represent the Trimurti, the 3 main gods in Hinduism. One pair of hands holding the symbolic items associated with each of these gods. Japamala and water pot of Brahma, conch and discus of Vishnu, trident and drum of Shiva. He usually dressed as a simple monk, situated in a forest or wilderness suggestive of his renunciation of worldly goods and pursuit of a meditative yogic lifestyle. In some carvings, he is surrounded by four dogs and a cow, which symbolise the four Vedas and mother earth who nourishes all living beings.
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Dimensions: 3.5″ x 6″ x 6″