Here is an example I took from another post here:

bhaskaraya vidmahe mahaddyutikaraya dhimahi |
tanno adityyah pracodayat

There are lots of variants of this formula. What is the context in which this formula is used and what does it mean?

  • these are parts of gayatri mantras of different deities. You would get the main Gayatri which is for Sabitur or Sun or the Supreme Creator and different gayatris of different vedic and tantrik deities
    – user17294
    Jan 23, 2019 at 18:30
  • Gayatri means the mantra singing or chanting which one is freed from hindrances obstacles and dangers
    – user17294
    Jan 23, 2019 at 18:37
  • Bhaskara is another name of Surya Deva. That is a Gayatri mantra for worshipping the Sun.
    – Ikshvaku
    Jan 23, 2019 at 22:13

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Dhimahi:- This word is derived from √dhi which means to worship or meditate. From V.S. Apte Dictionary; enter image description here

Vidmahe:- It is derived from √vid which means to know or understand. Source enter image description here

Prachodyat:- It is derived from √pracud which means to inspire.

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Maharishi Dayananda translated the word dhimahi and prachodyat as mentioned above in Gayatri mantra.

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The word to word translation of the mantra you gave in question is given here.

  • 1
    Good answer. You might want to remove the blpg link you have given in the end because blogs aren't valid, plus that site is defunct and under repair currently. Even without the blog the answer is good, imo.
    – Vivikta
    May 11, 2022 at 2:12

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