The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most sacred of the Vedic mantras, appearing in the Rigveda 3.62.10
The Mantra is named for Gayatri Devi. She is Veda Mata, the mother of the Vedas (meaning the eternal sacred knowledge). She is the divine hymn, the personification of Parabrahman, the Absolute Deity. She is the supreme unity and mother of the Trimurti. She is the protector of the five pranas. The Mantra and Gayatri are also known as Savitri, who is sister of the Sun (originally the goddess of the Sun), and the river Savitri.
In traditional iconography, three of the five heads of Gayatri are Shiva, Vishnu and Brahman, the masculine Trimurti. Her five heads also symbolize the five elements, and also the five koshas or sheaths which cover our inner nature or Atman. Her ten arms hold the ten weapons of Vishnu, signifying the ten incarnations. She is seen as the mother and culmination of Sri Lakshmi, Sri Parvati and Sri Saraswati. She is the supreme power or Adi Shakti of God. Her ten eyes look in the eight directions as well as to the earth (or underworld) and sky (or heaven). She is the unity in eternity of the past, present and future.
Oh Devi in the solar orb, Who is of the form of the Trimurti
Who is both Saraswati and Savitri
I bow to Thee, Mother of the Vedas
Oh Devi Who is the Mother of the Worlds,
Who is of the form of the Trinity and Who is of the form of Gayatri
I bow to that form of the Seven Mothers
Na gayatryah paro mantrah
There is no mantra greater than Gayatri
I Word to Word Meaning of Gayatri Mantra II
Aum Almighty Supreme Being
Bhoor Embodiment of vital or spiritual energy
Bhuwah Destroyer of suffering
Swah Embodiment of Happiness
Tat That (Indicating Almighty)
Savitur Bright, Luminous, like Sun
Varenyam Supreme, Best
Bhargo Destroyer of Sins
Dheemahi May receive
Prachodayat May inspire
According to the Hindu scriptures Devi Gayatri is the Mother of the Vedas. It is said that even Trinities (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) worship her as their Mother.
Gayatri Mantra is the prescribed daily mantra for all Hindus and regarded as the remover of all sins and the bestower of all desired things. At the tender age of 7 Hindu boys are initiated into a period of learning and this is the first mantra taught to them. In Vedic times women were also initiated to the upanayan (thread) ceremony.
Gayatri mantra is also part of the Sandhya Vandana.
The sage Vishwamitra is given the credit for bringing Mother Gayatri to earth. The following is the most commonly recited Gayatri Mantra.
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The Gayatri Mantra is the form of eternal truth. It is the heart of all beings and the eternal Ved Mantra. Gayatri destroys the sins of the world. All the four Vedas have originated from this mantra.In addition rishis have created 24 other Gayatri mantras -- Sakam Gayatri -- "with desire" Gayatri. The 24 words of the Gayatri appear in the form of the 24 Divine Shaktis.
There are Mantras for every thing. The 'Gayatri Mantra' recited by Hindus comprise 24 sounds, each sound is loaded with the energy of a different type by ancient sages. Thus there are 24 sages who contributed the sounds for Gayatri Mantra. It is said that 'there is no great Mantra than Gayatri and there is no great god than the Mother'.