Lord Dattatreya is considered as the incarnation of the hindu triad Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in one form. The literal meaning of the term Dattatreya translates to Datta (Given) and Atreya (son of sage Atri) suggesting the one who has given himself away as the son of sage Atri. Lord Dattatreya was born to the holy couple Anusuya and Atri. He is represented with three heads signifying the unity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the Hindu triad of Gods. Dattatreya is the personification of all gods, prophets, saints and yogis. He is the Guru of all gurus. 2. Why chant Dattatreya mantra Why chant Dattatreya mantra We all do face several problems in life including those caused due to the deceased ancestors. It is said that those ancestors dead and are struck up in Pitrulokas such as Martyaloka and Bhuvaloka if not satisfied with our offerings through Shraddha ceremonies may cause problems in our family. Some of such problems might include delays in marriages, disharmony in home, absence of progeny, premature babies, physically or mentally affected children and others. All such problems can be overcome by chanting Dattatreya mantra with faith and devotion diligently in the prescribed manner. 3. Who can chant Dattatreya Mantra Who can chant Dattatreya Mantra Dattatreya mantra is very simple. It can be chanted by anyone. There is no restriction whatsoever whether it can be chanted by women and so on. In fact, the divine form of Dattatreys is the personification of the supreme reality and therefore, is beyond religion. Therefore, people of any religion can chant the name of Dattatreya and worship him in the form of Guru of gurus. Dattatreya is a highly benign form of Lord who is easily pleased and so merciful. Therefore, he shall be highly pleased to see little acts of devotion done with sincerity. 4. Dattatreya Mantra and Meaning Dattatreya Mantra and Meaning HARI OM TATSAT JAI GURU DATTA ----------------------Meaning: I meditate on the divine form of Dattatreya as the supreme reality 5. Mantra Mantra SHRI GURUDEV DATTA -----------------------Meaning: Praise to Lord Dattatreya 6. How to chant Dattatreya mantra: How to chant Dattatreya mantra: Depending on the intensity of ancestral problems in home, you can chant this mantra. For mild problems start with 15 minutes per day and increase it to one hour. For moderate problems start with 30 minutes a day and increase it to 2 hours. For severe problems, begin with 45 minutes a day and raise it to about 4 hours. However, in case of severe problems, you are also advised to take the competent help of pundits to perform rites such as Nārāyana Nāgbali, Nagbali, Tripindi shrāadha, Kalsarpashanti. 7. Benefits of chanting Dattatreya Mantra Benefits of chanting Dattatreya Mantra -A protective shield of the Supreme Guru around you at all times -Harmony in the family -Peace of mind and freedom from worries and afflictions -Welfare of the children -Improvement in the academic performance of the children -Powerful speech and self confidence -Removal of the 'Pitrushapa' or the curse given by the deceased ancestors 8. Additional Benefit of Chanting Dattatreya Mantra Additional Benefit of Chanting Dattatreya Mantra The one great thing about Dattatreya mantra is that while resorting to chanting it, you need not give up worshipping your family deity or Ishta Devta. In fact, beginning and ending your regular puja with the chanting of Dattatreya mantra is said to propitiate your Ishta Devta more and win you more blessings.