Datta Jayanti, also known as Dattatreya Jayanti, is a Hindu festival, commemorating the birthday celebration of the Hindu god Dattatreya (Datta), a combined form of the Hindu male divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Margashirsha (Agrahayana) month according to the Hindu calendar (December/January) throughout the country, and in particular in Maharashtra.
Dattatreya was the son of the sage Atri and his wife Anasuya. Anasuya did severe Tapas (austerities) to beget a son equal in merits as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Hence, to test her, the gods appeared before Anasuya in the disguise of sanyasis (ascetics) and asked her to give them alms naked. Having known the art of Maya, Anasuya transformed them in babies and fed them.
Later on, Sage Atri transformed them in on baby with three heads and six arms which scared the consorts of the gods. They begged her forgiveness and requested her to return their husbands. Anasuya accepted their request. The Trimurti then appeared in their true form, before Atri and Anasuya, and blessed them with a son Dattatreya.
Thailand Mint issued a bimetallic 20 Baht coin in the year 2011 celebrating the 60th year isms the national board of economic and social development. One side depicts the holy trinity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh.
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