In which yuga was Dattatreya born? Was it Dwapara yuga or Kali yuga?

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    neither of them...must be Kreta or Treta...bcz Dattatreya blessed Kartvirya Arjun who was killed by Parasurama even before Rama was born...
    – YDS
    Dec 26 '18 at 5:12
  • Dattatreya was born in 10th Treta Yuga of Vaivasvara Manvantara...
    – YDS
    Dec 26 '18 at 5:17

According to Suta Samhita (of Skanda Purana), Lord Dattatreya was born in Satya Yuga (Krita Yuga).

This Kamakotimandali article mentions that:

There are other incidents described in the Puranas regarding Dattatreya Avatara. The Parabrahman appeared as yogirAja in front of Atri Maharshi who was performing penance on RkSha Parvata on kArtika shuddha pourNami. He again appeared to Sri Atri on kArtika bahuLa pADyami as Atrivarada. Pleased with the penance of the sage, he granted (datta) himself to Atri and came to me known as Dattatreya. It was at this stage that the trinity tested anasuya. From Suta Samhita, one can know that Datta Avatara first occurred in Krta Yuga – vaishAkha bahuLa dashami - Thursday – Revati Nakshatra mIna lagna. The incident of Sri Dattatreya discoursing to Prahlada further proves this fact.

It also gives additional details of birth like Janma Tithi, Lagna, Nakshtra etc. And, as regards the Manvantara, it is mentioned as Swayambhuva.

Thus, considering the present cycle of creation, the great manifestation of the Supreme as Dattatreya happened in swAyambhuva manvantara. We have completed swAyambhuva, swArochiSha, uttama, tAmasa, raivata and chAkShusha manvantaras and the current manvantara is Vaivasvata. Every Manvatara approximately maps to about 3086 crore years. Thus, from the beginning of the latest cycle of creation, we have now seen 3086 X 6 = 18516 crore year

And, that he could not have been born in either Dwapara or Kali is evident from the fact that he taught Sri Vidya to Parashurama in Treta Yuga from which the "Parashurama Kalpa Sutra" was composed.

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