OverviewGoddess Gayatri is the five-faced deity. It is said to have influence over the five senses. She protects the five life-forces of devotees who chant Gayatri Mantra. Being a protector, Goddess Gayatri is also referred to as Savitri.
Gayatri Mantra Jaap
AUM Bhoor Bhuva Swaha,
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya DhimahiDhiyo yo naha prachodayat.
Meaning of Gayatri Mantra Jaap
Om - The primaeval sound
Bhoor - Physical world, the earth
Bhuva - Mental world
Swaha - Spiritual world
Tat - That (the Almighty)
Savitur - The Sun, Creator
Varenyam - The most adorable, highest
Bhargo - Luster, Effulgence
Devasya - Supreme Lord
Dhimahi - meditate upon
Dhiyo - Intellect, understanding
Yo - Who
Naha - OurPrachodayat - Enlightens, guides
Origin of the Gayatri MantraBasically, the Vedas are considered to be the source of knowledge. The word "Veda" itself implies "Knowledge". "Gayatri Mantra", also known as the "Guru Mantra" or the "Savitri Mantra" is one of the ancient mantras. Gayatri mantra is generally thought of as being amongst the most powerful mantras. Gayatri mantra is often referred to as "the Mother of the Vedas". In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna had said to Arjuna - "Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri".
Gayatri Mantra Chanting:It is beneficial to chant Gayatri mantra thrice in a day or during three sandhya - at dawn, at midday, and at dusk. The maximum benefit of Gayatri mantra can be obtained by chanting the mantra 108 times. However, one may also chant Gayatri mantra for 3, 9, or 18 times.
The significance of Gayatri Mantra Jaap: The Gayatri Mantra has a unique place as it has both the power of mantra and of prayer. The Gayatri mantra has spiritual as well as material benefits. Great siddhis can be achieved by Gayatri sadhana. Gayatri is a mantra of righteous wisdom. Chanting Gayatri mantra brings the same fruit as the recitation of the four Vedas. Gayatri mantra destroys sins, bestows health, beauty, strength, vigour, vitality and aura on the face. It has an inherent power, known as "Mantra shakti", which has a positive influence due to its mere utterance. Gayatri mantra has strength, through its mere utterance alone, as well as also an instrumental power or "Prarthana shakti, which is derived from the understanding of its meaning and philosophical significance. Hence, the repeated and correct chanting of Gayatri Mantra, with a proper understanding of its meaning, is believed to be of the greatest good to the devotees. The prayer form of the Gayatri takes various forms. The Gayatri Mantra is also known as the Savitri Mantra, which is invoked as a salutation to the Sun. The form that can be used to pray to Lord Shiva is called Rudra Gayatri. Similarly, one may sing Ganesha Gayatri for Lord Ganesha, Hanuman Gayatri for Lord Hanuman, and Saraswati Gayatri for Goddess Saraswati.