Gayatri Mantra: Meaning, Significance, Benefits and Rules of Chanting

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Gayatri mantra is considered as one of the most powerful and enchanting mantras in Hinduism with a lot of benefits attached to it. Originally, it was mentioned in the Vedas and the mantra is made up of 24 syllables. It is often said to be a life-enhancing mantra and known as a universal prayer. As per the ancient texts, repeatedly chanting the mantra for 10 times everyday eliminates the sins of one’s present life, chanting it 100 times daily eliminates the sins of one’s previous life and chanting the mantra 1000 times everyday eliminates the sins of 3 yugas. 

The Gayatri Mantra is also called the ‘Savitri Mantra’, dedicated to ‘Savitr’, the Sun deity, who is the life-giving force of the universe, the symbol of source or origin and inspiration. This mantra is associated with the wise sage Vishwamitra who had also written Mandala 3 of Rig Veda. There are also several monotheistic groups in Hinduism for ex: The Arya Samaj which hold the Gayatri Mantra as a praise of the Supreme Creator known as AUM (ओउ्म्), as mentioned in the Yajur Veda. The mantra is a prayer that can help people work on their ignorance towards certain aspects of their life.

Gayatri Mantra Path

“ॐ भूर् भुवः स्वः

तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं

भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि

धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्”

“Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha

Tatsavitur Vareniyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi 

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat”

Literal English Translation:

We meditate on the glory of the Creator;

Who has created the Universe;

Who is worthy of Worship;

The one who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;

Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;

May He enlighten our Intellect.

Meaning of Gayatri Mantra: 

O, Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Kindly shower your grace, take this darkness away from us and provide us with more light, wisdom and Intellect.

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24 Powers Contained in Gayatri Mantra 

Success, Might, Parenting power, Power of Welfare for others, Power of Love, Intellect, Loyalty, Defense power, Justice, Dignity, Kindness, Strength, Courage, Determination, Optimism, Peace Giving Power, Power of Adjustment, Power of Productivity, Resilience, Decision Making, Commitment, Stability, Growth and Development and Concentration

The Physical Form of Gayatri 

The mantra is said to be dedicated to Goddess Gayatri Devi who is represented as the powerful deity with 10 arms, five heads and a swan as her vehicle. She’s believed to be an incarnation of Mata Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Some other mythological texts mention Maa Gayatri as an incarnation of Maa Saraswati, making her the second wife of Lord Brahma. She’s known to be the bestower of Knowledge and wisdom and fulfills all the wishes of the devotees who worship her regularly with full devotion. 

It’s also believed that people with mystic vision can even see Maa Gayatri in reality. In her goddess form, Maa Gayatri is also referred to as the “Mother of the Vedas”. It is also said that she’s also the mother of Upanishadic wisdom and enlightenment in the world. Many devotees believe Maa Gayatri to be the greatest protector of the entire world, the one who always fulfills the desires of her devotees. Chanting the Gayatri Mantra with utmost dedication helps the devotees to have a beautiful spiritual journey and seek divine protection from the mother goddess .

Benefits of Chanting Gayatri Mantra 

Brings Focus and Stability 

Chanting the Gayatri Mantra helps a lot in calming down a person and making him/her less aggressive. This mantra is perfect for people dealing with anger management issues. Chanting this mantra for around 10-15 minutes everyday can also help to activate the chakras in the head and face which stabilizes one’s mind and helps him/her to focus or concentrate better in work. The manta also strengthens one’s decision-making power.

Provides Protection from Enemies and Negative Energies 

Chanting this mantra is said to ward off all evil eyes and negative energies that may surround a person. The mantra also improves one’s outlook towards life and makes it more positive and optimistic. The mantra is also helpful in providing protection from enemies or ensuring victory over the enemy party.

Strengthens Breathing: 

When a devotee chants this mantra, he/she needs to take breaths in a pattern of deep breathing and relaxed breathing. This eventually helps to enhance the function of the lungs and improves breathing rate. This can also be helpful in relieving the symptoms of Asthma since chanting makes the lungs stronger.

Happiness and Peace in Life

It’s a general notion that chanting the Gayatri Mantra gives a lot of mental peace to people who are struggling with stress and chaos in life. Chanting the mantra regularly can also help in bringing about happiness and contentment in life. The moment you start chanting the mantra, you automatically feel relaxed and better due to the vibrations of the mantra that bring about positive energy in the devotees.

Provides Health Benefits

It is believed that chanting the Gayatri Mantra regularly helps to keep the heart healthy. It aids in the proper functioning of the heart and eliminates the risk of diseases related to the heart. This powerful Mantra also helps in reducing the pain and suffering of chronic diseases.

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Rules for Chanting Gayatri Mantra 

  • Devotees should chant the mantra after taking a bath and it should be done while sitting in the Yoga Mudra.
  • You can chant the mantra any number of times during the day but don’t forget to chant it during the Brahma Muhurta i.e. after waking up, between 4 am – 5 am in the morning and in the night too, before sleeping.
  • Chant the mantra for 108 times by holding a rosary or a Mala in your hand.
  • Close your eyes while chanting the mantra. Also, try to focus on each word of the mantra and understand its meaning.
  • Try to avoid thinking about other things while chanting the Gayatri Mantra. 
  • Try to pronounce each word of the mantra correctly to get the most fruitful results.
  • Do not think of causing harm to anyone or anyone’s bad in general while chanting the mantra otherwise it may backfire.

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