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Dattātreya is a puranic deity, in origin a tantric antinomian yogin later sanitized and adapted to the devotional milieu of the Purāṇas. The mythical accounts present him as the son of the ṛṣi Atri (“Devourer”; son of Brahmā and author of vedic hymns) and of his chaste wife Anasūyā (“Non-Envious One”). Thanks to the help offered by Anasūyā to the triad (trimūrti) of Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Śiva (through her śakti, she had restored the sun’s light, which had been obscured by the pious Śāṇḍilī, who wished to save her husband Kauśika, cursed by sage Māṇḍavya that…

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Rigopoulos, Antonio, “Dattātreya”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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