Dattatreya Swamy Temples in Andhra Pradesh


దత్తాత్రేయ (సంస్కృతం: दत्तात्रेय, Dattātreya) లేదా దత్తా ను హిందువులు త్రిమూర్తులు బ్రహ్మ, విష్ణు మరియు మహేశ్వరు ల అవతారమైన దైవ స్వరూపుడిగా గుర్తిస్తున్నారు. దత్తా అనే పదానికి "సమర్పించిన" అనే అర్థముంది, త్రిమూర్తులు అత్రి మహర్షి మరియు అనసూయ దంపతులకు పుత్రుడి రూపంలో తమను తాము "సమర్పించుకున్నారు" కనుక అతడికి దత్తా అని పేరు వచ్చింది. ఇతడు అత్రి కుమారుడు కాబట్టి తన పేరు "ఆత్రేయ" అయింది.
ఉత్తరాది సాంప్రదాయంలో, దత్తాత్రేయను ఒక అవతారంగా లేదా శివుడి అవతారంగా, మరియు నాథ యొక్క అధినాథ్ సంప్రదాయానికి సంబంధించిన ఆది-గురు (ఆది గురువు)గా గుర్తిస్తున్నారు. దత్తాత్రేయ మొట్టమొదటిలో యోగదేవుడుగా తాంత్రిక లక్షణాలను ప్రదర్శిస్తూ వచ్చినప్పటికీ, తర్వాత అతడు మరింత భక్తి (సంస్కృతం: భక్తి) కి సంబంధించిన వైష్ణవ పూజావిధానాలను పుణికి పుచ్చుకుని, సంలీనమయ్యాడు; ఇతడు ఇప్పటికీ కోట్లాది హిందువుల చేత పూజింపబడుతూనే, భారతీయ చింతనలో అత్యున్నత సారాంశమైన గురువు కంటే ఎక్కువగా కృపాస్వభావం కలిగిన దేవుడిగా గుర్తించబడుతున్నాడు. దత్తాత్రేయుడు త్రిపుర రహస్య గ్రంథకర్తగా పేరు పొందాడు, అద్వైత వేదాంతాన్ని విశదీకరించిన ఈ గ్రంథాన్ని పరశురాముడికి అంకితం చేశాడు.

Dattatreya Temples in Andhra Pradesh


SREEPADA SREEVALLABHA MAHA SAMASTHANAM, PITHAPURAM

Importance of kshetra: Kuruvapur is a famous place of lord Dattatreya. It is situated in the state of Karnataka In India.The first incarnation of Lord Dattatreya in kaliyuga is Sripada Vallabha. The birth place of Sripada vallabha is Pithapuram which is situated in Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. He was taken his birth in the family of Appalaraju Sarma and Sumathi. He has performed penance at about 35 years for Gnana, Viragya siddhi atKuravapur and closed his avathara On Ashweeja bahula dwadasi (Hastha star) in Krishna river of Kuravapur . The day is known as "GURU DWADASI". But till today he is in sukshma rupa there and giving indirect darshan to the devotees who are having full faith on him. This place Is termed as Gurudweepa in Scanda purana. Scanda purana explained that 28000 yogis and siddhis of Himalayas were visited this place and had darshan of lord Dattatreya. This place was named as Kuruvalaya in the days of Nizam government Period.
The place is completely surrounded by Krishna river and is called as Dweepa. Tembe swamy majaraj (Sri Vasudevananda saraswathy) performed "Chaturmasya vratha" here in the year of 1911.The disciples of Tembe swamy Sri Rangaavadhootha, Gunavani maharaj were also performed penance here.


Jagadguru Sri Dattatreya Maha Samsthana Peetham,Pasupula,Makthal,Mahabub Nagar
A place which was famous for Datta cult, which is connected with Lord Dattatreya, 700 years ago, the same place is named as Srikshetra Sri Vallabhapuram by his holiness Sri Sri Sri Swamy Vittalananda Saraswati Maharaj. He has constructed a new DattaTemple in this holy place.
The Pilgrimage of Sripada Srivallabha: Sri Pada left the house, taking the permission of his mother, visited many Kshetras on foot,
took a dip in many Thirthas. He toured throughout the North India and purified those places. He blessed many great souls and seekers of salvation.
With spiritual wisdom (Gnana), he turned many unrightful persons into rightful persons making them understand their defects. In his tour, on the way he reached Gokarna Kshetra and stayed there for few years performing penance. There also he set right many sadhakas correcting their defects and the practice of Yoga. Then he proceeded to Srisailam and performed penance for some time. Srisaila Kshetra became more pious and powerful on account of his penance. Afterwards he came to Kuruvapuram Agraharam, which is existing in the riverbed of Krishna. He selected that place for his abode and for his penance. During his stay there he removed serious difficulties for the devotees, who visited him, he blessed the devotees with money and
their desired objects. Even today with his divine blessings the devotees are fulfilling their desires, who visit that place.
Many devotees have recognised and served Sri Pada Sri Vallabha as the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. Even then he did not exhibit his devine power extensively but he rescued many people who approached him with different difficulties and ailments. Sri Vallabha used to go to the other bank of the river Krishna daily from Karuvapuram and was sitting on a huge stone and performing Surya Namaskaras during the dawn. Even today the devotees are clearly seen and prostrating to the impressions of his feet and hands. If one wants to reach that place he has to cross the river Krishna from Karuvapuram and reach the North bank of KrishnaRiver.
This particular place is called Sri Kshetra Sri Vallabhapuram today. The Pada Sri Vallabha Swamy showed some wonderful leelas from this place.