It was on the auspicious occasion of Dattajayanti Utsav of the year 2005 that Sadguru Shree Aniruddha (Dr. Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi) started the non-political daily newspaper, ‘Pratyaksha’. The newspaper provides news and analysis on the national and the international affairs. Moreover, news with a particular focus on the ‘Third World War’ that highlights various facts and effects related to the same are also published.
This auspicious day also marks the commencement of Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj. The fasting or Vrat is observed for a span of one month, from Margashirsha Pournima till Pousha Pournima. In the third edition of ‘Shrimad Purushartha’ titled ‘Ananda Sadhana’, Sadguru Shree Aniruddha writes, “Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj is the way in which one can ensure that the human birth we have been blessed with, does not go unfruitful or waste! This is the royal route, which if followed piously, let one achieve the Nine Ankur Aishwarya or virtues of Parmatma. The Vardhaman Vratadhiraj that begins anywhere in the last week of December extends till mid-January, including the New Year day; thus, ensuring that every Shraddhavan starts off the upcoming New year with good and pure vibrations along with the blessings from God.”
The proceedings of the celebrations of Dattajayanti at Shree Harigurugram are as follows:
Every Shraddhavan enjoys the recitations of Mantra, Gajar and Stotras during the Utsav.
The Upasana commences with the recitation of prayer (mentioned below) that invokes Lord Dattaguru, for 54 times.
To kindle the love of Dattaguru in your heart and have it permanently instilled in one’s Sahastrar Chakra, is the thought that every Shraddhavan holds while chanting the mantra.
This is followed by recitations of the ‘Ghorakashtoddharan Stotra’ written by Shree Vasudevanandasaraswati and ‘Dattabavani’ written by Shree Rangavadhut Maharaj. Shraddhavans get engrossed and lose themselves in a mellifluous hymn of the Gajar- ‘Om Sai Shree Sai Jai Jai Sairam’.
Shree Dattatreya was born at the dawn of the Margashirsha Pournima (Full Moon Day of Margashirsha month). This day is celebrated across the nation as the ‘Dattajayanti’. Under the loving care and guidance of Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, every year, ‘Datta Jayanti Utsav’ is organized at New English School, Bandra. (Shree Harigurugram)
In the second edition of ‘Shrimad Purushartha Granthraj’ titled ‘Premapravas’, Sadguru Shree Aniruddha has written, ‘Dattaguru is my everlasting Japa. Therein lies everything of mine and it is also my unending chant’.
Moreover, the 31st chapter of the sacred book, 'Matruvatsalya Vindanam' penned by Sadguru Shri Aniruddha, recites the glory of Shree Dattatreya as below.
Adimata Chandika says, “O Dattatreya! May you be the one putting an end to all, who are devoid of the holy faith and hence, assist Parmatma. As you are the divine and pure light that radiated at the time of my first vibration or Spanda became active before the manifestation of the Parmatma in the form of Omkara, and so you innately becomes his Protector.”
In the very same ‘Matruvatsalya Vindanam’, he has also written, ‘Gurubhakti means Shree Dattatreya Bhakti, is the very heart of Shree Dattamangala Chandika and will be the only saviour for humans in the Kaliyuga. And therefore, the auspicious day of Dattajayanti holds utmost importance to kindle Shri Guru Bhakti in every person’s heart, and it is this very day that bestows happiness and contentment upon every Shraddhavan.
दत्तजयंती के पवित्र दिन ही 'श्रीवर्धमान व्रताधिराज' की शुरूआत होती है । मार्गशीर्ष पूर्णिमा से पौष पूर्णिमा, इस एक मास के कालावधि में यह व्रत किया जाता है । ‘‘श्रीवर्धमान व्रताधिराज, अर्थात मानव का जन्म प्राप्त कर यह मानव जन्म व्यर्थ न जाने पाए इस बात की गवाही ! श्रीवर्धमान व्रताधिराज, अर्थात परमात्मा के नौ अंकुर ऐश्वर्य प्राप्त करने का महामार्ग । श्रीदत्तजयन्ती के पवित्र दिन आरम्भ होनेवाला यह व्रत आधुनिक नए साल के पहले दिन (अर्थात १ जनवरी) को अपने स्वयं के गर्भ में आत्मसात कर लेता है इससे हमें अपने-आप ही नए साल के शुभ स्पंदनोंका लाभ होता है और भगवान के आशीर्वाद प्राप्त होते हैं" ऐसे सद्गुरु श्री अनिरुद्धजी 'श्रीमद्पुरुषार्थ ग्रंथराज - आनन्दसाधना' इस तृतीय खंड में प्रतिपादित करते हैं ।