Summary: Is Goddess Gayatri another form of Savitri (Saraswati) or Savitri in Parabrahman form?
If yes, can we conclude that the word ‘Savita’ in the Gayatri mantra is representative of Savitri and mantra as such is dedicated to her; and hence called Gayatri Mantra?
- As per this below picture, Goddess Gayatri is said to be an epithet of Goddess Saraswati (Savitri). According to it, Rigveda 3.62.10 affirms that Devi Saraswati had taken the form of Goddess Gayatri to worship Suryadev.
- Chapter 17 of the Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa of the Padma Purana while enlisting 108 names of Goddess Saraswati (Savitri) says:-
गायत्री वेदवदने पार्वती शिवसन्निधौ। देवलोके तथेंद्राणी ब्रह्मास्ये तु सरस्वती॥२०९॥
Gāyatrī at the (time of the) recitation of the Vedas; Pārvatī near Śiva; Indrāṇī in the heaven; Sarasvatī in the mouth of a brāhmaṇa.
(However in the same section there’s another story of a cowherdess named Gayatri, to whom Brahma is married. She seems to be different from the Gayatri form of Saraswati)
As per this dhyanam video (don’t know the source of this mantra), between 40 seconds to 1 minute, Goddess Gayatri is called Hamsavahini (swan vahana), Brahmani, Brahma Loka Nivasini; all of which are characteristics associated with Goddess Saraswati (Savitri).
As per the Wikipedia on Goddess Gayatri, in the Puranic Gayatri section, it is said that various Puranas call Gayatri the same as Saraswati and Savitri, and as Lord Brahma’s wife.
Goddess Gayatri is commonly represented as the wife of Vishwakarma (creator of the world not the architect god) which seems to be Lord Brahma in Parabrahman form. (As per the below picture)
Based on the above statements, can it be concluded that :-
(i)Saraswati (Savitri) and Gayatri are one and the same or merely different forms of the same goddess?
(ii) Gayatri is the Parashakti form of Saraswati and Vishwakarma is the Parabrahman form of Brahmaji, just like when talking of Devi Durga as Parabrahman she is represented as Adi Shakti?
If we conclude that Savitri (Saraswati) is the same as Gayatri, -
(i) Since the Gayatri mantra is called as Gayatri Mantra, but contains the word Savita (तत् सवितु र्वरेण्यम्), can it be said that the word Savita is representative of Savitri (Gayatri) and hence synonymously called Gayatri Mantra or does it denote the sun only?
Further merely based on any dhyana shloka being different, can they be considered separate goddesses?
Kindly note this is not a duplicate of- Was Goddess Gayatri really a cowherdess?