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Brahmarshi Vishvamitra is one of the most venerated rishis or sages of ancient times in India. He is also credited as the author of most of Mandala 3 of the Rigveda, including the Gayatri Mantra.

Is there any scriptural reference available for this?

  • More appropriate word would be Seer or Rishi of the mantra not author because Shruti's are authorless, and they are seen by rishis in deep meditation – Yogi Apr 29 '16 at 18:32
  • @Yogi: Okay, noted :) – Amit Saxena Apr 29 '16 at 18:33
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GayatriScriptual refrence is itself mentioned in Rig Veda. The Anukramani of Rig Veda gives the name of Sage to which mantra was revealed. Gayatri mantra is in 3.62.10 of Rig Veda and Anukramani mentions it's Rishi is Vishwamitra.

As you can see in the image at left top corner Vishwamitra is mentioned as the Rishi.

To know what does an Anukramani of Veda mean see question here: Is the Anukramani index of sages and deities of the Rig Veda available online?

  • oh okay, could you talk a bit more about what is anukramani in the answer? – Amit Saxena Apr 29 '16 at 18:30
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    @Amit Saxena Ok! I have added it.. – Tejaswee Apr 29 '16 at 18:34
  • Wow, so this also shows that the Rishis gave importance to indexing – Amit Saxena Apr 29 '16 at 18:36
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    @AmitSaxena You may be intrested in my question here hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/8558/… related to anukramanika or index of rigveda , and btw there are two types of Indexing in Rig Veda. – Yogi Apr 29 '16 at 18:38
  • @Amit Saxena Yes, It is interesting... – Tejaswee Apr 30 '16 at 2:02

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