Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra is considered to be the „Mother of all Mantras“. Gayatri Mantra is the „Mother of the Vedas“. Gayatri Mantra is the destroyer of all darkness. It is also called the ‚Mahamantra‘ or ‚Guru Mantra‘.

How To: The Gayatri Mantra

A friend on my Facebook page mentioned that she has trouble learning chants like the Gayatri Mantra because the videos of them go so quickly.

I knew this was something I could help with! The Gayatri Manta is one of the nine Vedic prayers that I was taught as a child. I’ve been chanting this prayer pretty much from the moment I could form words! (I was very lucky that my parents are Sanskrit scholars).

ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑ण्यं ।भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि। ।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥ ।

So here is a video where I am singing the Gayatri first at a normal/slowish pace, and then again very slowly.

How To: The Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra: Meaning & Significance

Goddess Gayatri is the mother of all Vedas and the embodiment of knowledge. A personwho is devoted to Gayatri Maa is capable of achieving great success in the pathof self development. Goddess Gayatri inspires men to achieve wisdom. Gayatri influencesthe mind of the person, his intellect, heart and inner self. As soon as the divinelight of Gayatri falls on an individual, the evil thoughts and falsehood driftsaway from him. He moves toward a healthy, balanced and righteous lifestyle.

Gayatri Mantra: Meaning & Significance

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Enclosed below are several melodious chantings of the Gayatri Mantra, the Surya Mandala Ashtakam (Gayatri Stavan) and a rendition of the Gayatri Aarti. They have been sung by various musical teams of talented devotees from the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP), founded by Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya.

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About Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra was first evealed to basic significance of Gayatri mantra is the worship of the Sun God. According to the Vedas, Gayatri Mantra is to be recited both at dawn and dusk, facing the sun. Gayatri Mantra can be chanted three times a day in the morning, noon and evening. In the morning, it is dedicated to Lord Brahma and is called Gayatri, in the noon, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is called Savitri; while in the evening, and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is called Saraswati. The main body of the Gayatri Mantra consists of 24 syllables.

About Gayatri Mantra

And some translations:

On the absolute reality and its planes,On that finest spiritual light,We meditate, as remover of obstaclesThat it may inspire and enlighten us.

We meditate on the transcendental Glory of the Deity Supreme,

inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of Heaven.

“May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the god:

The Gayatri Mantra is considered extremely important; one of the most revered prayers. It is recommended to chant it several times every morning to purify one’s self.

This website has some great information about chanting the Gayatri: 

Gāyatrī Mantra

We meditate on the glory of the Creator; Who has created the Universe;Who is worthy of Worship; Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;May our Intellect be Enlightened.

The Gāyatrī Mantra is from the Rig Veda (iii, 62, 10), which has existed in written form for at least 2500 to 3500 years. (Some accounts date the original text to be over 6000 years old, but rather than being overly concerned about a precise date, let us focus our attention on the meaning of this glorious mantra and how it can enrichen and illuminate our life here and now.)

The word Gāyatrī (mw352) is a combination of Sanskrit words, although there is some disagreement in various texts about the exact derivation.

One suggestion is that the word Gāyatrī is made from these two words:

Another viewpoint suggests that the roots are:    –  gaya (mw348)

So, the two words „Gāyatrī Mantra“ might be translated as: a prayer of praise that awakens the vital energies and gives liberation.

„We have to invoke the gods by the inner sacrifice, and by the word call them unto us – that is the specific power of the Mantra, – to offer to them the gifts of the sacrifice and by that giving secure their gifts, so that by this process we may build the way of our ascent to the goal… We give what we are and what we have in order that the riches of the Divine Truth and Light may descend into our life.“

„Of all the mantras, the supreme and the most potent power of powers is the great, glorious Gāyatrī Mantra.

It is the support of every seeker after Truth who believes in its efficacy, power and glory, be he of any caste, creed, clime or sect. It is only one’s faith and purity of heart that really count. Indeed, Gāyatrī is an impregnable spiritual armor, a veritable fortress, that guards and protects its votary, that transforms him into the divine, and blesses him with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination.

… It is universally applicable, for it is nothing but an earnest prayer for Light, addressed to the Supreme Almighty Spirit.

… This single mantra, repeated sincerely and with clear conscience, brings the supreme good.“

Chanting of the Gāyatrī Mantra is often prefaced with either a short invocation or a long invocation and is often followed with a closing.

The following are examples of two common invocations. In either of the  invocations, we begin the recitation of the Gāyatrī Mantra with an invocation using the sacred symbol Om to acknowledge and pay homage to the One who is beyond name and form.

This invocation is acknowledging and joyously celebrating that Om is bhūr, Om  is bhuvas, Om is suvaha… Om is everything.

The terms bhūr, bhuvas, suvaha (mahā vyāhritis) are invocations to honor the planes of our existence and to call to our aid the presiding deities of the three planes in which we live our ordinary life: the physical, astral and mental planes.

The three lokas (bhūr, bhuvas, suvaha) are the bīja (seed) mantrams of the devatās called Agni, Vāyu and āditya who are being invoked to assist in our transformation. (See Chandogya Upanishad (IV, xvii, 1-3) and (II, xxiii, 3)).

Then Prajāpati reflected on the three lokas and from this reflection was born OM. As veins pervade all leaves, so Om pervades all sound. Verily all this is Om! Verily all this is Om!

click here to hear Sai Baba chant the Gayatri with short invocation.

The Sanskrit character that is transliterated as bh is a very earthy sound that virtually explodes from the diaphragm. Listen carefully to the Sai Baba recording. To learn to make this sound, try saying „who“ while sharply pulling in the abdominal muscles and forcing the diaphragm upward…. then add the „b“ sound and do the same with bhūr (pronounced „bhoor“).

(Please see the notes below regarding spelling and pronunciation of Sanskrit words) 

As with the shorter version, this invocation is a recognition that there are many worlds, all empowered by the nameless, formless, birthless, deathless which is symbolized by om…. om is everything.

These seven lines of the long invocation are the seven lokas, or planes, of existence, and are used not only to recognize and honor the planes of existence, but also to call the presiding deities of those planes to aid in our transformation and realization:

click here to hear Sreedevi Bringi chant the Gayatri with long invocation.

This magnificent chant by Sreedevi Bringi is done in the ancient, traditional Vedic manner which has been handed down from generation to generation for thousands of years.

bhūhū – earth, the physical worldbhuvaha – astral/desire/breath, the world of becomingsuvaha – mental, the world of thinking mahaha – causal, silent mind, the world of emotionjanaha – world of creative generationtapaha – world of intuition satyaM – world of Absolute Truth

This recital of the lokas begins with the gross, physical world filled with separation and differences and then each, in sequence, becomes more refined, more transcendent, more unified, more all-encompassing.

The recitation of the lokas, done with intent and clarity, prepares one for the chanting of the Gāyatrī Mantra by harmonizing and attuning one with all the worlds.

 Swāmi Shivānanda’s translation of the Gāyatrī Mantra is:

We meditate on the glory of the Creator;Who has created the Universe;Who is worthy of Worship;Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;May He enlighten our Intellect.

A succinct and delightful translation by S. Krishnamurthy is:

We meditate upon the radiant Divine Light of that adorable Sun of Spiritual Consciousness; May it awaken our intuitional consciousness.

Om – Om (Brahman, the One, the Godhead, Supreme Deity)

savitur – (mw1190) –  Savitri, the Spiritual Sun (that from which all is born), the One Light, the all-pervading Consciousness

O nourishing Sun, solitary traveler, controller, source of life for all creatures, spread your light and subdue your dazzling splendor so that I may see your blessed Self. Even that very Self am I!

vareNyaM – most excellent, adorable, fit to be worshipped, venerable, worthy of being sought

bhargo – (mw748) – radiance, effulgence, splendor (the light that bestows understanding)

dhīmahi –  we meditate upon… or may we meditate upon, reflect upon, be devoted to

dhiyo – prayer, noble thoughts, intuition, understanding of Reality (buddhis)

prachodayāt – may he energize, direct, inspire, guide, unfold… or he who energizes, directs, inspires, guides, unfolds

(Please see the notes below regarding spelling and pronunciation of Sanskrit words, as well as the grammatical ambiguity of dhīmahi and prachodayāt.))

This simple closing phrase is magnificent, and is a powerful meditation all by itself, a joyous and humbling panoramic sweep from the initial earthy, lower chakra „bh“ sound gradually becoming ever finer, transcending all the worlds, and culminating in the nameless, formless essence.

Om āpo jyotih rasomritam brahma bhūr bhuvas suvar om

This beautiful closing pays tribute to the myriad forms of the One. A simple translation is:

Om, the Water, the Light, the very Essence in which we exist, the Absolute, the physical world, the astral realm, the mental realm, all are Om.

As you may have noticed, the preamble begins with Om, the first line of the Gāyatrī Mantra begins with Om and the closing ends with Om.

Om is in everything and everything is in Om. Indeed, the mantric repetition of this one syllable, Om, is of immeasurable value. It is often said that Om is the greatest of all mantras.

Swām Gambhrnanda suggests meditating in this manner:

I am Brahman, as signified by Om and as conditioned by māyā in which the sattva quality preponderates.

For clarification, here are quotes from various Upanishads describing the nature of Om:

I will give you the Word all the scriptures glorify and which all spiritual disciplines express, to attain which aspirants lead of a life of sense-restrain and selflessness. It is Om. This symbol of Brahman is the highest. Realizing it, one finds complete fulfillment of all one’s longings. It is of the greatest support to all seekers.

Take the great bow of the sacred scriptures, place on it the arrow of devotion; then draw the bowstring of meditation, and aim at the target, the Lord of Love. Om is the bow, the soul is the arrow, and Brahman is called its target. Now draw the bowstring of meditation and hitting the target, be One with It.

Fire is not seen until one firestick rubs across another, though the fire is still there, hidden. So does Brahman remain hidden until being revealed by the mantram Om. Let your body be the lower firestick and the mantram Om be the upper. Rub them against each other in meditation and realize Brahman.

The beautiful rhythmic patterns, soothing ancient sounds and powerful intent make the Gāyatrī Mantra a magnificent part of daily spiritual practice.

The Gāyatrī Mantra combines the effects of mantric sound with the effects of a deep and profound prayer, resulting in a combination which is exceedingly potent.

As with all spiritual practices, this is a vehicle for intent. The stronger and greater the intent, the stronger and greater the results.

Spiritual progress does not succeed merely by means of intellectual reasoning or theoretical arguments, but rather by direct experience. If you would like a deeper understanding of the Gāyatrī Mantra, it is well and good that you should begin with an intellectual understanding of the words and the intent, but that is only a preliminary step leading to your own direct experience of That Which is beyond words.

Many of the greatest prayers, such as the Gāyatrī Mantra from the ancient rishis of India, the Fātiha which was received by the prophet Muhammad, and the Lord’s Prayer which was given to us by Jesus, all share some magnificent similarities, illustrating the highest and noblest principles of prayer.

In each of these great prayers, the opening lines are a humble recognition that there is a Greater Power, and that all that we receive comes from the will of that Greater Power. Such prayer is an act of humble submission to That Which is beyond our understanding.

And the final lines of each of these great prayers, in humble submission to a Greater Power, acknowledge the gifts of understanding and awakening which are continually bestowed upon all of mankind, even though so few are even aware of the gifts. This humble recognition of the gifts that are constantly showered upon us is an essential element of the highest spiritual practices that we have been given, leading us toward the understand that we can and should rise above our differences and divisions, emerging from our delusion of separation and becoming aware of the Light of Unity which already shines upon all of creation.

Armed with the definitions of the Sanskrit words and your own unique insight into what the mantra means for you (which may change over time), it may be very useful to write your own personal rendering of the meaning of the mantra.

We meditate upon the Divine Radiance,that One Light which deserves our worship,the One whose noble thought energizes and directs our awakening.

   – Sai Baba chanting the Gayatri Mantra with short invocation   (from Embodiment of Love )

   – Sreedevi Bringi chanting the Gayatri Mantra with long invocation

There are many versions of the Gāyatrī Mantra in which deities other than Savitur are invoked.

For example, there is a Vishnu Gāyatrī, a Shiva Gyatrī, a Durgā Gāyatrī, an Agni Gāyatrī, and so on. In general, these mantras are very similar to, and perhaps derived from,  the form of the original Gāyatrī of the Rig Veda.

The transliterations of the Gāyatrī Mantra given on this page include the Sanskrit rules of grammar known as sandhi.

may found on page 352 of the Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary.

, wherein the phrase may either be expressed as a prayerful desire or as a statement of fact.

The term can indicate a desire in the form of „may we meditate upon“ or it can also indicate a statement of fact such as „we meditate upon“.

Similarly, the term indicate a desire in the form of „may he awaken our intuition“ or it may also indicate a statement of fact such as „he awakens our intuition“.

This ambiguity allows for a variety of interpretations according to one’s current beliefs and spiritual understanding. For some, the prayerful beseeching using „may..“ is very important. For others, the recognition of these conditions as already having occurred is a cause for rejoicing and joyful praise.

Please note that transliterations are not phonetic… there are specific rules for pronouncing each transliterated character.

There are many more characters in the Sanskrit alphabet than there are in our English alphabet, therefore some English letters are used in more than one way, such as n and N representing two different sounds, or a and  ā  representing two different sounds.

Here are approximate phonetic guidelines for some common vowels used in this transliteration:

long vowels:    ā as in father,    ī  is like ee in reel,     ū as in rude

short vowels:      a is like u in but,     i as in if,     u as in full,     o as in oat.

You may be wondering why the first loka is written as bhūH, but is written as bhūr in the short preamble, and is  written as bhūhū in the long preamble.

Simply, this is how the rules of Sanskrit grammar (sandhi) operate on the character called visarga which is the final character of each of the first six lokas.

Written all alone, the first six lokas are written as: bhūH, bhuvaH, suvaH, mahaH, janaH and tapaH,  where the letter H denotes the Sanskrit character called visarga.

When the character visarga ends a word, the sound of the visarga depends upon both preceding sound as well as the following sound. This can make the language very confusing and sometimes ambiguous, but it also brings a sense of life into the language… just as our lives change depending upon who we are around, so the visarga changes the sound of the word depending upon what sounds are around it… a delightful sort of alphabet karma.

Written all alone, with no following word, the first loka is properly written as bhūH.

However, when the visarga is followed by „bh“ then the  visarga creates a sound like an „r“. Hence, bhūH followed by bhuvaH is pronounced as bhūr.

And when the visarga is followed by the syllable Om, then the visarga is pronounced like an „h“ followed by the vowel that was immediately before the visarga. So, bhūH followed by Om is pronounced as bhūhū.

, I.K Taimni, Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, 1974, ISBN 81-7059-084-1

, Sadguru Sant Keshavadas, Motilal Bandarsidass, Delhi, 1978, ISBN 81-208-0697-2

The short excerpt of Sai Baba chanting with background and chorus is from the CD called Embodiment of Love, by  Gianluca and Gabriele Ducros

wishing you love, harmony and beauty,     wahiduddin

Gayatri Mantra Detailed Word by Word Meaning

The Gayatri Mantra consists of twenty-four syllables – three lines of eight syllables each. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation, and is not technically a part of the original Gayatri Mantra as it appears in the Upanishads. Gayatri is also referred to as a Vedic poetic meter of 24 syllables or any hymn composed in this meter. Hence, there exists a whole family of Gayatri Mantras, which serve as meditative aids to pray for the blessings of a particular personal God.

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

Oh God, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us embrace that very God, so that He may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.

Meaning of The Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra is a universal prayer. It can be used by anyone, any women, menor children, irrespective of races, castes and creeds. It is the prayer to the AlmightyGod, who is the creator of this universe, who gives essence to our existence, removesall our pains and sufferings, and grants happiness by showering his divine graceon us. By worshipping him, we achieve brilliance that leads us to righteous path.

Importance of Gayatri Mantra

It is believed by Hindus that chanting the Gayatri Mantra for once can banish thesins of the day. Chanting the Gayatri Mantra for 10 times, the sins of the day andthe night can be absolved. If the Mantra is chanted for 100 times, sins for themonth are forgiven. Chanting the mantra for 100 times can relieve from the sinsof several years. Sins for lifetime can be banished by chanting the Mantra for onelakh times. Ten lakh times would remove the sins of past lives. Chanting it for100 lakh times would remove the sins of all the lives and chanting the Gayatri mantrafor thousand lakh times would qualify a Brahmin for salvation.

It is said that there is no better Mantra to chant other than Gayatri mantra.

Religious texts say that chanting the Gayatri mantra with proper meditation andfollowing the proper methods remove all the obstacles and sufferings affecting themind and the body. It generates zeal and positivity within the individual. It encouragesnoble thoughts, improves judgment, self confidence, patience, peacefulness and the negative vibes and influences are eliminated. The Gayatri Mantra promotesknowledge, creativity, insight, prosperity, fame and longevity. It protects onefrom all kinds of problems and sufferings.

Kinds of Gayatri Mantra

There are many other types of Gayatri Mantra that are formed by the sages and saintsin ancient times. These Mantras have their own relevance and importance. Chantingthese Mantras give a unique result. These mantras are formed for a specific deityand by chanting them the blessings of that particular deity can be received.

Ganesha Gayatri: Om Ekadanthaya Vidmahe Vakratundaya Dhimahi Tannotantihi Prachodayat

The mantra is known to destruct obstacles and give success in difficult tasks.

Vishnu Gayatri: Om Narayanaya Vidmahe Vasudevaya Dhimahi TannoVishunha PrachodayatChanting this mantra helps in developing sustaining power.

Shiva Gayatri Mantra: Om Panchavaktra Vidmahe Mahadevaya DhimahiTanno Rudraha Pracho dayat

Brahma Gayatri: Om Chaturmukhaya Vidmahe Hansa Rudraaya DhimahiTanno Brahma Pracho dayat

Ram Gayatri: Om Daasharthaye Vidmahe Sita Vallabhaya Dhimahi TannoRamahi Pracho dayat

Chanting this mantra helps in establishment of proper conduct and behavior.

Krishna Gayatri: Om Devaki Nandanaya Vidmahe Vasudevaya DhimahiTanno Krishna Pracho dayat

This mantra helps in bringing dynamic energy into one’s life.

Hanuman Gayatri: Om Anjanisutaya Vidmahe Vayuputraya Dhimahi TannoMarutih Pracho dayat

Surya Gayatri: Om Bhaskaraya Vidmahe Divakaraya Dhimahi Tanno SuryahPracho dayat

Chanting the Surya Gayatri mantra helps in curing serious diseases.

Chandra Gayatri: Om Shirputraya Vidmahe Amrit Tatvaya Dhimahi TannoChandrah Pracho dayat

The Chandra Gayatri Mantra removes sufferings and gives mental peace. It gives relieffrom worries and dejection.

Durga Gayatri: Om Girijayei Vidmahe Shiva Priyayei Dhimahi TannoDurga Pracho dayat

The Durga Gayatri mantra is used to acquire knowledge and divine Shakti. It is usedto gain victory over enemies and obstacles.

Lakshmi Gayatri: Om Maha Laxmayei Vidmahe Vishnupriyayei DhimahiTanno Laxmi Pracho dayat

This mantra helps in acquiring wealth, status, fame and greatness.

Mythology Behind Gayatri Mantra

It is said that Vishvamitra seared the Gayatri mantra. Vishvamitra was a sage inancient India. He did severe penance to become the ultimate Rishi. Many Lords triedto break his concentration, but failed. At last, Lord Brahma was pleased and gavehim the ultimate Mantra of Gayatri and this way the mantra is now known to all ofus. However, there are only 24 sages since antiquity who has truly and deeply understoodthe meaning of this Gayatri Mantra.

We have got his Gayatri Mantra as a result of severe penance and prayers of has showered his education on the mankind by telling who is Devi Gayatri, howto worship her and how to please her in order to receive her blessings.

The Gayatri Mantra is a very powerful Mantra and has been found in the Rig, Yajurand Sama Veda. If chanted properly, the Gayatri Mantra can relieve one of all thesufferings and brings one on the right path. It showers righteous attitude, wisdom,immense knowledge, contentment and happiness.

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Gayatri Mantra Chanting in Raga 1 by the All World Gayatri Pariwar, Shantikunj, .

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Mother Gayatri’s Aarti | Free Gayatri Aarti Download

In the Hindu tradition, all worships typically end with the devotees standing up to sing the Aarti, a song of love and praise for the deity being worshiped. Behind this collective singing is an important goal, which as Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya has explained, is to spread the knowledge and glory of the Divine far and wide, so that many souls can seek refuge and safely cross the Samsara (cycles of birth and death) and attain to Moksha.

For this reason a lit lamp is reverentially waved before the deity and the singing of the Aarti is accompanied by the blowing of conch shells and the musical chimes of bells and cymbals, so that many can hear and join in.

Enclosed below is a wonderful rendition of the Gayatri Mata Aarti by the All World Gayatri Pariwar’s Musical Team. This Aarti is a live recording, which starts off with a slow Sanskrit invocation, followed by the Gayatri Mata’s (Mother’s) Aarti in Hindi.

Gayatri Aarti by the All World Gayatri Pariwar, Shantikunj, .

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Deity of Gayatri Mantra

Veda Mata Gayatri Devi is believed to be the deity of Gayatri Mantra. She is the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati the goddess of Knowledge and the giver of the four Vedas. Gayatri Devi sits on a red lotus signifying wealth; she is accompanied by a white swan signifying purity; she holds a book in one hand – signifying knowledge and a cure in another signifying health. She is shown as having 5 heads signifying the ‚Panch Prana‘ or the 5 senses.Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to the Sun. The Sun is considered as Savitur the Creator. Gayatri mantra is a prayer to eternal source of light and life the Sun to guide one’s intellect in all matters and awakens our consciousness. Savita i.e. Gayatri is the driving force behind the Savitur the Sun.

Benefits of Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra is chanted for the attainment of universal consciousness and awakening of one’s intuitive powers. It is believed and has been observed that the regular recitation (Japa) of Gayatri Mantra energizes Prana Shakti (Life Force), confers one with good health, intelligence, mental strength, prosperity; bestows wisdom and enlightenment and guides one towards the Ultimate Truth – the Ultimate realization of God. Gayatri Mantra has the power to remove obstacles, ward off diseases and protect from dangers. It is believed that there are 24 types of Gayatri Mantras in all each to be chanted for a different purpose.

Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri proclaims the fundamental doctrine of vedas that a man can get realization of God in his life with his own efforts without intervention of any prophet or avtar.

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम् भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् |

Om Bhoorbhuvah Swah tatsviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat |

Vishnu Gayatri Mantra For Intelligence

By reciting Vishnu Gayatri Mantra one becomes intelligent.

ॐ श्री विष्णवे च विद्महे वासुदेवाये धीमहि, तन्नो विष्णुः प्रचोदयात् |

Om Shree Vishnave Cha Vidmahe Vaasudevaaye Dheemahi, Tanno Vishnuh Prachodyaat ?

Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra For Prosperity

By reciting Lakshmi(Laxmi) Gayatri Mantra one can get prosperity and success.

ॐ महादेव्यै च विद्महे विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि, तन्नो लक्ष्मीः प्रचोदयात् |

Om Mahadevyai Cha Vidmahe Vishnu Patnayai Cha Dheemahi, Tanno Lakshmih Prachodyaat ?

Narayan Gayatri Mantra For Accomplishment of Tasks

Narayan Gayatri Mantra is recited for accomplishment of one’s Tasks.

ॐ नारायणाय विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि, तन्नो नारायणः प्रचोदयात् |

Om Naarayanaay Vidmahe Vaasudevaay Dheemahi, Tanno Naarayanah Prachodyaat ?

Krishna Gayatri Mantra For Attraction

ॐ देवकीनन्दनाय विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि, तन्नो कृष्णः प्रचोदयात् |

Om Devakinandanaay Vidmahe Vaasudevaay Dheemahi, Tanno Krishnah Prachodyaat ?

Shiv Gayatri Mantra For Longevity

Shiv Gayatri Mantra is recited for getting long life(longevity).

ॐ महादेवाय विद्महे रुद्र मूर्तये धीमहि, तन्नो शिवः प्रचोदयात् |

Om Mahaadevaay Vidmahe Rudra Moortaye Dheemahi, Tanno Shivah Prachodyaat ?

Ganesh Gayatri Mantra For Overcoming Obstacles

Ganesh Gayatri Mantra is recited for overcoming obstacles coming in life.

ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि, तन्नो दन्ति प्रचोदयात् |

Om Tatpurooshaay Vidmahe Vakratundaay Dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodyaat ?

Brahm Gayatri Mantra

ॐ भूः ॐ भुवः ॐ स्वः ॐ महः ॐ जनः ॐ तपः ॐ सत्यम्। ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् । ॐ आपो ज्योति रासोsमृतं ब्रह्म भूर्भुवः स्वरोम् ।।

Om Bhuh Om Bhuvah Om Svah Om Mah Om Janah Om Tapah Om Satyamam | Om tatsviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat ||Om Aapo Jyoti Rasoamritam brahm Bhoorbhuvah Swarom ||

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्यः धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात II

Gayatri Mantra is a very well known and powerful mantra chanted by the Hindus to invoke divine blessings and guidance. The Gayatri Mantra is said to be Aatma Mantra as it is connected to the Soul and Surya ( Sun ) –” Aayaaatma Brahma”- This Soul is Almighty as rightly mentioned in the Vedas. Maa Gayatri is also said to be Savita and Savita is known as The SUN in the Hindu Shastra or scriptures. As human evolution and creation are done by SUN and it has been the main center of point of survival of human the Sun itself is sometimes called as ‘SAVITA’.

It is said in the Mantra Shastra that Gayatri Mantras can be only fruitful if one recites it for 24 Lacs times which is said to be The Maha-anusthan Or Punyacharan. One Punyacharan is said for 24 Lac times. As Gayatri Mantra is having 24 warnas ( alphabets ) it is to be a complete Punyacharan of 24 Lacs Japa, each of these 24 letters of the Gayatri Mantra is akin to a Nuclear Bomb which has a tremendous effect on planet earth and its living beings

In many European countries, a lot of research work is going on over the understanding of the potent powers of the Gayatri Mantra, even at Shantikunj, Haridwar which is the main Head Office of The Gayatri Pariwar has its own Research Lab.

Thus Scholars say that Dweej ( One who performs the karma of Brahmin ) has to complete 24 Punyacharan of Gayatri Mantra after that only the mantra is said to be Fruitful to the sadhak.

“Om Bhu Bhuvah swaha Tatsavi to Vareyam Bhargo Devashyay Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nahah Pracho-Dayant”

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्यः धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात II

Bhu –Pranswaroop ( Pranic Shakti – Superconsciousness )

Bhuvah – Vishwavyapini ( exist throughout universe )

Swaha – Atma Unnati (Helps in progression in Self realization )

Bhargo – Paapnashini ( who destroy the sin/bad karma )

Devashya – Divyata pradan karne wali ( gives divinity)

Dhimahi – Dharan kare ( to absorb that divine consciousness )

Prajodayant- Sanmarg pe Prerith kare ( Guide us on spiritual path )

As already mentioned earlier, Gayatri Mantra is said to be the Savita & Surya Mantras as The Sun is the only controlling power in The Universe. In Astrology also Surya – Sun is said to be Aatma and the Moon to be Human’s – mind.

In our Vedic scripts and inputs by scholars and occult experts, it is emphasized that The Gayatri Mantra should neither be publicized nor it should be given to average ignorant humans as it is a sacred mantra among all mantras, also it is said to be The Mantra-raaj or Mukhutmani ( crown of mantras )

Famous saints and ardent devotees of Mother Gayatri – Swami Vishuwananda says that Gayatri is the root cause of all, it is basically atma mantras.

From the time this Gayatri Mantra and other imp mantras had been created, A sea of evolution and changes have taken place. The situation and circumstances in comparison are different. Presently the scenario is very different in comparison to that era. In ancient times a person was considered wealthy if he/she is doing more penance/tapasya, hence whenever there rose an a debate regarding who is the wealthiest person on the whole earth – it was considered as Shri Vashist Rishi rather than Shri Vishwamitra ji. Hence in those times, spiritual progress was the only benchmark for wealth and success, wherein today’s world this benchmark can’t be considered as such. Mankind nowadays is so caught up assembling material dreams hardly has any time to perform any rituals with purity.

The reason behind safeguarding this mantra was only with one intention that Gayatri Mantras is the one who seeks self-realization, moksha, internal purification, and self –control whereas material gain, wealth, high position, respect, name, and fame was to be considered as acquisitions of a person with Lower standards in ancient times.

Swami Vishuwananda says: “Material and Spiritual both are different worlds and one can’t attain both in equal measures. One can’t live in extreme luxury and also attain salvation. In those Vedic ages, spiritualism was the benchmark whereas nowadays wealth is the only benchmark ”

In conclusion, I will note that The Gayatri Mantra is a Vedic Mantra and it has to be used only for spiritual progress. I have personally few met ardent devotees of Maa Gayatri who has devoted their whole life in mantra japa and anusthan of Maa Gayatri but such people barely manage to acquire wealth in their lives. Of course, these devotees are full of bliss and contentment, purity and many in possession of divine powers but when it comes to attaining/gaining material they are far less resourceful.

Hence we can see Brahmins are suffering more from sorrow and are 2 major reasons for their pain

It has been said by Scholars and Rishi Munis that Gayatri Mantra has to be recited only in Brahma Muhurut i.e 2 hours prior to Sunrise ( 4 am to 6 am ) time zone is full of positive aura and the complete universe is in proper rhythm with the meditator/sadhak.

Sadhak or devotee should bathe early in the morning say 4 am and take asan facing the East direction and take a wooden plank and place it on yellow asana/cloth and on that asana place Lord Gayatri picture frame/Idol.

Offer her saffron/Kesar & rice, light ghee lamp, agarbatti, yellow fruit or sweet as Nevaidya and start chanting Ganesh Mantra 108 times – ONE Mala and then Gayatri Japa at least 5 Mala.

Note: “To complete the Punyacharan one should adhere to certain principles like strict celibacy, satvik food, being truthful in thought, word and action, wear yellow colored clothing while in anusthan, maintain internal and well as external purity etc.”

It is said by many experienced devotees, scholars & Rishis that Maa Gayatri won’t gives you blessings unless and until you unlock the said 24 Warna mantras because this mantra has been cursed by 3 people in this universe.

It is believed that once Brahma, Vashisth, and Vishwamitraji were performing a hard penance in order to invoke blessings and darshan of Maa Gayatri, but she did not appear in front of them, hence in a fit of anger the trio cursed Maa Gayatri and its Mantra which is to be said as a Bandhan on The Mantras, hence present Gayatri mantras are of no use if he/she does not unlock this curse on the mantras by Brahma, Vashisth & Vishwamitra.

As I had mentioned earlier that almost all mantras have been locked by Lord Shiva to maintain the equilibrium and harmony in the universe. Other than that these 24 warna Gayatri mantra has been publicized a lot after the promotion by Shri Pandit Shreeram Sharma Archaryaji who was The Founder of Gayatri Pariwar, Haridwar, INDIA.

Not only did he promoted Gayatri mantra but also addressed its importance of it in an open forum. He believes there has been a dilution in its prowess because of non-adherence to the strict guidelines and requirements.

Of course, many people are getting results out of this mantra which is due to their firm devotion and the strong belief in the mantra that works wonderfully.

It has been noticed that the Gayatri mantra should not be recited by singing like sloka or film songs, it is an unpardonable act performed by many people by keep singing mantras like songs, nowadays The Gayatri is installed even on Doorbells ,audio cassettes, ring tones for mobiles, MP3 are available in market/internet.

But the main soul of The mantra is its “Pronunciation”, unless and until the sadhak does not know the exact way to pronounce the said mantra again the mantra effects will be ZERO.

Thus to invoke the blessings of Maa Gayatri and get success in Gayatri Mantra Sadhana, one needs a Spiritual Master ( Sadguru ) who himself has attained Siddhi in Gayatri Mantra and knows the exact Pronunciation of Veda Mantra – Gayatri.

It was always a matter of discussion and False Myths – since ages that Ladies should not recite this pious mantra as it creates Sin in them as well in the surrounding. By the sincere efforts of Shri Madanmohan Malaviyaji and Shri Ram Sharma Archaryaji this myth has been broken in the Hindu cult and now both genders are allowed to recite mantra,actually few evil-minded Brahmins and scholars just re-wrote & edited those scripts of the Vedas and other manuscripts and said to the society that women can’t japa this mantra.

Since the Shakthi path followers and Vedic Scholars always considered women as the manifestation of Lord Durga/Parvati then how come such a question can arise from the scriptures.