gAyatri mantra HAS TO BE recited by non brahmins also, Kshatriyas and vysyas too have right for vedic initiation/upanayana.
Secondly women too have right to study and chant vedas and conduct vedic rites. So it is good that non brahmins too are taking interest in this else the divine knowledge of vedas would keep on reducing among the masses.
Gayathri is not a mantra. There are classes of mantra called Gayathri which follow a particular meter called Gayathri.
The most popular Gayathri mantra ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।। happens to be one among the many.
Gayathri Chandus is a format of 24 meters, any mantra set to this chandus is called a ...
One can find Gayatri Mantras for many Deities in the minor Upanishad called Mahanarayana.
Or else one find some of them from Linga Purana too:
The various Swarupas of Gayatri as created by Maha Deva and the
related Mantras are:
Tatpurushaaya vidmahey Vaagshuddhaaya Dhimahi tannah Shivah
Ganaambikaayai vidmahey Karma saadhyaih ...
In Sanskrit grammar, each सुबन्त (grossly interpreted as a noun) has 7 (+1) cases and its form will vary as per the case. This is unlike Hindi (which uses something similar to the prepositions in English) but many south-indian languages will find similarities in the different forms and modifications of the words.
So the word सवितृ is the root of a ऋ-कारन्त ...
That the women cannot chant the Gayatri might have been a deviation from the ancient practices, that occurred in the middle times. In ancient India, women like Gargi and Maitreyi were well-versed in the scriptures. Women can chant the Gayatri mantra.
Hinduism has always had leaders and saints who arrive on the ...
The power of the Gayatri mantra is explained in the Brahma Sutras, the Chandogya Upanishad and the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad (V.xiv.1.) says (Swami Madhavananda translator):
'Bhumi' (the earth), 'Antariksa' (sky) and 'Dyaus' (heaven) make eight syllables, and the first foot of the Gayatri has eight syllables. So the above three ...
First you need to know what is translation of Gayatri mantra
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न:
Oh God, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent,
Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all
troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator ...
There are different views on this. However here is a view of this, a more liberal one.
Can all Hindus chant Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra is considered by saints as the Universal mantra, one that all can chant, regardless of caste or creed. A pure mind is of course a good pre-requisite to any Sadhana.
A man can repeat Gayatri mentally in all states ...
It is perfectly acceptable, and what's more, it is desirable for women to chant Gayatri Mantra. How come?
It is because, the dharma for this Kali Yuga, is not against it. Sanatan dharma is described as the dharma of religion, and Yuga dharma as the dharma of social interaction: law, ethics, etiquette and so on.
Swami Vivekananda on Sanatana Dharma:
Power of Gayatri Mantram is explained in Chapter XXVI- On the narration of Sâvitrî- THE NINTH BOOK of DEVI BHAGAVATAM.
Nârâyana said :-- O Muni! The King As’vapati reigned in Bhadrades’a,
rendering his enemies powerless and making his friends painless. He
had a queen very religious; her name was Mâlatî; She was like a second
Laksmî. She was barren; ...
Goddess Gayatri is called the mother of the Vedas. That is why one becomes qualified to read all the thousands of Vedic Mantras after being initiated into the Gayatri Mantra alone.
It has immense benefits and it is said to cleanse all sorts of sins when chanted.
Some verses from the Harita Smriti regarding the greatness of Gayatri:
When the recitation ...
This mantra is very powerful and it looks like gAyatri mantra. It has additionally some beejas and other words hence it is a very long mantra. It is capable of slowly making one evolve to higher spiritual level of super-consciousness and helps one to go beyond the pull of lower forces.
We find its mention in Valmiki Ramayana when sage imparted this ...
No, listening does not have the same effect as chanting. Listening is a step only. In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Yajnavalkya say to his wife Maitreyi that there are three steps - hearing (sravanam), reflecting (mananam), and meditating (nididhyasanam). These three steps have been echoed by all the commentators. As Swami Vivekananda has pointed out, one ...
The English translation of Rigveda 3.62.10 is as follows:
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्॥ ३.०६२.१०
May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the God:
So May he stimulate our prayers.
Knowing the literal meaning only would not help in understanding the Gayatri Mantra. So, some explanation for it would be useful. ...
After initiation one becomes qualified to recite any Mantra not just the Gayatri Mantra. And, for Gayatri Mantra the initiation is called the Upanayana, where the investiture of the sacred thread is done.
Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas are called the twice-born. Their
first births take place when they are delivered of their mother's womb
In the book, Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life, Swami Chandrasekarendra Saraswati explains why some of the Hindu samskāras are not prescribed for women and people belonging to the fourth varna.
What about Women?
I said that the twice-born must perform sandhyavandana with the
wellbeing of women and other jatis in mind. I also explained why all
Mother Gayatri is the GODDESS of knowledge and virtues. This mantra is specifically meant for Thapas (तपस; the highest of Tantras) as it increases the heat in the body burning up all muck at the physical level.
Who gave Gayatri Mantra?
Sage Vishwamitra when he composed Rigveda, he put this mantra in it.
Rig Veda 3.62.10 and Yajur Veda 36.3
Now there is ...
The Gayatri mantra is the most sacred Rigvedic mantra. The Gayatri mantra praises the sun in the form of Lord Brahma in the morning, as Lord Vishnu at noon, and as Lord Shiva in the evening.
Facing east, a devotee repeats this mantra a number of times (usually a fixed number). This mantra is imparted to a young boy at his Yagnopaveet (Upanayana) for ...
Why are Shudras reciting the Gayatri mantra?
The answer is partly because of adopting Western beliefs, which all Indians are taught in Indian public schooling, such as "all men are created equal" and "anyone can do whatever they want", which contradicts Hindu scripture and the law of karma: people are born into bodies according to their sins and merits in ...
In my POV the mantra can be chanted by any one from Bhuloka Bhuvah Svah loka. By a Brahmachari or a householder by meditating on Gayatri. Like Mohamantra its a exempt from Ari Mantra. Any one can Chant Mohamantra, Gayatri Mantra of Rigveda, Om Namha Shivaya, Om TatSat etc.
Please check more info from Pt. Sanjay Rath Book's Vedic Remedies in Astrology of ...
Looks like I got the answer to my old question. Here is quote from Bhagavata (5.20.37)
By the supreme will of Krishna, the mountain known as Lokāloka has
been installed as the outer border of the three worlds—Bhūrloka,
Bhuvarloka and Svarloka—to control the rays of the sun throughout the
All the luminaries, from the sun up to ...
Gayatri is Rig veda (III. lxii. 10.) Ralph Griffith's translation is
May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the God :
So May he stimulate our prayers.
A better translation might be :
We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe.
May He enlighten our minds
The Gayatri Mantra that is present in the Veda Samhitas has Varenyam in it and not Vareniyam.
The Gayatri mantra of Viswamitra Gatinah is not in the Gayatri metre but in a slightly variant metre called the Nichruth Gaytari which is made of 23 syllables and not of 24 syllables.
It is found in Rig Veda 3.62.10, Taittiriya Samhita 22.214.171.124 of Krishna Yajur ...
His holiness, late Shankaracharya Swamiji of Sringeri Peetam, Sri Abhinava Vidhya Teertha Swamiji clarifies this point in his book "Sandhyavandhanam". Gayathri has only 23 letters. The word Varenyam should be considered as Vareniyam then it becomes 24, but it should not be spelled as vareniyam during japa.
It should always be spelled as Varenyam. He ...
Tat savitur varenyam (1) Bhargo devasya dhimahi (2) Dhiyo yo
nah prachodayAt (3)||
We meditate on the excellent splendour (bhargo) of the Divine Savitr
(2), who is supremely desirable (varenya) and is That One (tat) (1).
May he activate our thoughts towards wisdom (3).
Rig Veda 3.62.10
The above translation is from the Sri ...
Who is responsible for the deviation from this ancient practice and making it possible for others to follow this irreligious marvelous idea of devotion?
In the 20th century, Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, the founder of Gayatri Pariwar seems to be instrumental in bringing about this change.
The Hinduism Today article Wow! One Million Join Vedic Rites ...
In the Gayatri Mantra Upashana practicing 24 Mudras (hand postures) have been prescribed. The names of the Mudras can be found in the following passage from the Devi Bhagavatam's 11th Book's chapter 16:
Gâyatrî has seven S’iras (heads); Vyâkaranam (Grammar) is one; S’iksâ
is the second (that Amga of the Veda, the science which teaches the