Datta Stava is very popular and important stotra of Lord Dattatreya. Sri Vasudevananda Saraswati was instrumental in the spread of this great Mantra. It says in it that Datta can be realized just by remembering Him by constantly repeating the small yet powerful Datta-stava. Abhisheka, Alankara is not needed for Datta. Datta is so easy to be pleased. Datta yearns to help the unassisted and troubled. He removes all dangers and difficulties. He protects you wherever you are. Be it a forest, mountain or river. He is Vishva Rupi (Universal).
He knows the secrets of the Dharma Shastras. He gives protection to the needy. He removes the passions and shackles of family. He is the source of true Ananda (Bliss). . Datta gives peace of mind to those in distress. From time immemorial, Datta has been worshipped. The last stanza in the Datta Stava says about the merit of chanting Datta Stava (Jaya labha yashah kaama …). It means that by chanting Datta Stava, one gets victory, gain, Success, name & fame and fulfillment of desires. Whoever chant 9 times every day for 40days, their desires will be definitely fulfilled with the blessings of Lord Dattatreya. It is 100% true and seen in many more families. Even today the devotees who are residing in foreign countries are also continuously doing this stotra and getting boons from Dattaguru.
This Stava has saved many lives too. People who were in dire financial straits or health conditions have prayed to Lord Dattatreya with this simple verse. Make it a habit to chant the Datta Stava in your prayer and before taking food.By doing so, you will be blessed by the Guru both in material and spiritual progress.
There are two different forms of Deities–Anugraha Rupam(Blessing form) and Ugrarupam(Aggressive form). But Dattatreya is a special kind of deity and goes beyond these two
forms as Gurutatwa Rupam. He blesses in the form of Guru, Teaches spirituality, provides material comforts and also protects aggressively his devotees in Ugrarupam.
Sri Dattatreya Stavam in English:
śrī datta stavah
dattātrēyaṁ mahātmānaṁ varadaṁ bhaktavatsalaṁ |
prapannārtiharaṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 1 ||
dīnabandhuṁ kr̥pāsindhuṁ sarvakāraṇakāraṇaṁ |
sarvarakṣākaraṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 2 ||
śaraṇāgatadīnārta paritrāṇaparāyaṇaṁ |
nārāyaṇaṁ vibhuṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 3 ||
sarvānarthaharaṁ dēvaṁ sarvamaṅgala maṅgalaṁ |
sarvaklēśaharaṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 4 ||
brahmaṇyaṁ dharmatattvajñaṁ bhaktakīrtivivardhanaṁ |
bhaktā:’bhīṣṭapradaṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 5 ||
śōṣaṇaṁ pāpapaṅkasya dīpanaṁ jñānatējasaḥ |
tāpapraśamanaṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 6 ||
sarvarōgapraśamanaṁ sarvapīḍānivāraṇaṁ |
vipaduddharaṇaṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 7 ||
janmasaṁsārabandhaghnaṁ svarūpānandadāyakaṁ |
niśśrēyasapadaṁ vandē smartr̥gāmi sanōvatu || 8 ||
jaya lābha yaśaḥ kāma dāturdattasya yaḥ stavaṁ |
bhōgamōkṣapradasyēmaṁ prapaṭhēt sukr̥tī bhavēt || 9 ||
iti śrī dattastavam |