Sripada Srivallabha – The First Incarnation of Sri Dattatreya

Sripada Srivallabha

Lord Sripada Srivallabha is the first incarnation of Jagadguru Sri Dattatreya.

In the words of Sripada himself, “Undoubtedly, I am Datta. As you have a body, I also came with a body to enable you to recognize Me. But I am formless and without attributes. I will constantly take care of the welfare of those who adore Me with pure devotion, who cast all their burdens on Me, and seek total surrender from Me.”

Sripada Srivallabha blesses his disciples with the same results as the worship of Sri Dattatreya as Sripada is verily Sri Dattatreya himself.

Sripada was born in 1320 AD in Chitra Star, Simha Lagna, Tula Raasi in the early hours of the auspicious Ganesh Chaturthi at Srikshetra Pithapuram.

His feet constitutes all auspicious features, hence the name Sripada Srivallabha

When Sripada Srivallabha was born, a cobra was holding its hoods as an umbrella wherever he was there.

Sripada was born out of his mothers’s womb as a dazzling illumination. His mother, Sumati Maharani fainted immediately after he was born.

Shortly after he was born, an invisible voice instructed all the people to leave the birth room.

His body is an embodiment of Holy Fire and Yoga.

Sripada is superior to Dwaadasa Aadityas.

He is an embodiment of all deities. His incarnation is formless.

It is impossible even for a thousand hooded Aadisesha to describe vividly the greatness of Sripada.

The twelve assured statements by Sripada Srivallabha

Here are the twelve statements of assurance declared to devotees by Sreepada Srivallabha

  1. I will remain in a subtle form in every place where my biography is devotedly read
  2. Just like an eye-lid, I will protect the person who is dedicated to me through mind, word and deed.
  3. Daily in the afternoon I seek alms in Sri Pithikapuram. My arrival is a divine secret.
  4. I reduce all the karmas into heaps of ashes of those who constantly meditate upon me. Even if the karmas are accumulated from many births I will burn them down
  5. If you give food to those who wail ′Oh! Ramachandraa! Food!′ I will be pleased
  6. I am Sreepada Sreevallabha! Sreemahalakshmi shines with all Her glorious attributes in the houses of My devotees
  7. If you have a pure heart My grace will always be on you
  8. I am agreeable even when you adore any Form of Deity, or take the support of any Sadguru
  9. All your Prayers reach me. My grace is transmitted to you through the form of Deity you Worship or through your Sadguru
  10. Sreepada Sreevallabha is not merely confined to this Name and form. You can know My Corporeal Cosmic form encompassing all forms of Deities and all forces as integral parts, only by strict observance of spiritual discipline.
  11. Mine is a comprehensive yogic incarnation. Great yogis and Great Siddhas constantly meditate upon me.
  12. If you take Me as a support, I preach you path of dharma and also path of karma. I always protect you from a downfall

Places related to Sripada

  1. Pithapuram
  2. Kuruvapuram


Pithapuram is in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. In olden times this was called as Pithikapuram.

Lord Dattatreya took birth in the year 1320 as Sripada Srivallabha at this place.

He has his first sixteen years of his life at Pithapuram .

As announced by Srīpāda, a Samsthan (temple and place of worship) got established at his birth place in Pithapuram.

It was slowly developed through the relentless activity of Srī Sajjanagada Ramaswamy since 1966.

After his disappearance from Pīthikapuram in 1336, Srīpāda started wandering and went to different places; all his visits were of consequence to those places. He went mostly from Southeast Andhra Pradesh to Northeast India, through Karnataka and Maharashtra. He went to Varanasi (Benares, Kashi), to another centre on the west coast called Gokarna, and to Srīsailam.

Srīpāda then settled at a place called Kuruvapuram (today Kurugaddi, Kuruvapur). It is located on an island in the Krishna River, at the border between Andhra Pradesh (today Telangana) and Karnataka. Many people came to him seeking help and were enlightened. He was teaching and healing and many super-mundane revelations happened around him.

Sri Sripada Srivallabha stands as a paragon of excellence among incarnations.

His incarnation was very much necessary for those whose hearts were polluted by the dark age of Kali, for those whose actions were conditioned by destiny, for those who live by sinful money, and for all the human beings in the Kali Yuga.

He is a great treasure of compassion, a personification of ‘Punya’ (good deeds), and a person with a very holy history.

He is admired in the world as an expression of the highest spirituality.

No one is equal to Sri Sripāda Srivallabha in removing all kinds of devotees’ impurities, and imparting them peace when they visit, remember, worship, or meditate upon Him.


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