Is padvallabh avatar of Lord Dattatreya? Are there any other avatars of Lord Dattatreya? I have heard that there are four avatars. Please give story of them.

  • As far as l know, Hindu scripture doesn't mention any incarnations of Dattatreya. But various medieval and modern Swamis have been considered by their devotees to be incarnations of Dattatreya, including Shirdi Sai Baba. Sep 9, 2015 at 10:26
  • @KeshavSrinivasan Do you know in which Hindu scripture Dattatreya himself is mentioned? Apr 7, 2016 at 19:26
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    @AADTechnical Yeah, the story of Dattatreya is given in detail in the Markandeya Purana; see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/1984/36 But he's mentioned in numerous scriptures, including in a lot of the Puranas. I'm even planning to post a question about him being mentioned in the Brahma Sutras. Apr 7, 2016 at 20:07
  • @AADTechnical Here's the question I said I was planning to post, about Dattatreya potentially being mentioned in the Brahma Sutras: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/11331/36 Apr 10, 2016 at 17:49

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Although in your question you mentioned the name as "padvallabh "(typo error?) I am assuming it as Shripad Shri Vallabha, who is considered as the first avatars (incarnations) of Dattatreya. He was born in Pithapuram, a town in Godavari district of state Andhra Pradesh in India.

Are there any other avatars of Lord Dattatreya?

There seems to be different answers for avatars of Lord Dattatreya.

As per "Shripad Shrivallabha Charitra" Dattatreya have 3 Avataras

1) Shripad Shri Vallabha

2) Narasimha Saraswati

3) Akkalkot Swami Samartha Maharaj.

According to Wikipedia, Dattatreya is supposed to have taken 16 Avatars.

Please give story of them.

Click Here for More information/story about the 3 avataras mentioned in Shripad Shrivallabha Charitra

  • Thats the most number of avatars accredited to anyone yet May 19, 2016 at 15:03
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    @AmitSaxena Yes, but unfortunately as per Keshav's comment below Question, there are no scriptures which mentions any incarnations of Dattatreya May 19, 2016 at 15:42
  • According to Sripada Srivallabha Charitamrutam, even Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is an avatar of Dattatreya, as is Sri Manik Prabhu. Feb 26, 2021 at 21:43

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