DescriptionThe Gāyatrī Mantra is a highly revered mantra, based on a Vedic Sanskrit verse from a hymn of the Rigveda (3.62.10),
attributed to the rishi (sage) Bhrigu. The mantra is named for its vedic gāyatrī metre.
As the verse can be interpreted to invoke the deva Savitr, it is often called Sāvitrī.
Its recitation is traditionally preceded by oṃ and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ,
known as the mahāvyāhṛti ("great utterance").
The Gayatri Mantra is repeated and cited very widely in vedic literature,
and praised in several well-known classical Hindu texts such as Manusmṛti,
Harivamsa,and the Bhagavad Gita.
The mantra is an important part of the upanayanam ceremony for young males in Hinduism,
and has long been recited by Brahmin males as part of their daily rituals.
Modern Hindu reform movements spread the practice of the mantra to include women and all castes and
its use is now very widespread.
A general translation of the Gayatru can be give as:
"We meditate upon the spiritual effulgence of that adorable supreme divine reality
Who is the source of the physical, the astral and the heavenly spheres of existence.
May that supreme divine being enlighten our intellect, so that we may realise the supreme truth."
Om: Para Brahman
Bhur: The Physical plane
Bhuvah: The Astral plane
Svaha: The Celestial plane
Tat: Ultimate Reality
Savitur: The Source of All
Varenyam: Fit to be worshiped
Bhargo: The Spiritual effulgence
Devasya: Divine Reality
Dhimahi: We meditate
the most popular Mantra Gayatri mantra.