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An incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Gayatri pervades everywhere. She along with Lord Brahma gifted the four Vedas to mankind. Her personification – seated on a red lotus indicating wealth and having five faces that represent the five principle elements of nature namely earth, water, air, fire and sky. It also symbolises five pranas, i.e. Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana and Samana. She is the only goddess with three eyes, similar to Lord Shiva. Worshipping Mother Gayatri and invoking her in a homam grants mental clarity, reveals great wisdom and also inner illumination. The Goddess consists of three deities – Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati. Gayatri represents the senses, Savitri the master of Prana (life force) and Saraswati symbolises power of speech.
Gayatri Mantra Japa and Homam will be performed on Gayatri Jayanthi, the birth anniversary of the Goddess of Veda. The day falls on Shukla Paksha Ekadashi during the month of Jyeshta. Devotees worship the Goddess, a manifestation of all the phenomenal attributes of Brahman, and who is also an embodiment of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati, by chanting the Gayatri mantra repeatedly for her divine grace and material boons. The day also coincides with Nirjala Ekadashi, the eleventh day of Shukla paksha which is dedicated to worship of Lord Vishnu. The word ‘Nirjala’ means without water. Devotees fast on this day without consuming water or food. It is the toughest and most sacred day of all Ekadashis, and undertaking severe austerities on this day is most rewarding for all.
The Gayatri Homam has been followed since ancient times. It enriches positive energy of the planets that rule your chart. It nullifies negative elements and acts as a remedy to several problems. The Gayatri mantra purifies the sadhaka from all sins, ends suffering and fills your life with happiness and prosperity. It bestows strength, power, concentration and health and brings liberation and cleanses the mind. It is the supreme mantra of the Vedas. The mantra brings major benefits to one’s life like protection against evil forces, eradicate negative qualities and reach high levels in material and spiritual life.
Om Bhūrbhuvah Svah Tat Saviturvarenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayāt
The Gayatri mantra is derived from the Rig Veda, and is a sacred hymn that reveals the unity that underlies the multiplicity of creation. The Atma is one, but the form it embodies is varied. The mantra has three parts 1) Adoration 2) Meditation 3) Prayer. This chant is the essence of the Vedas and it sharpens knowledge-yielding facility. This is a great prayer for nourishment, protection and finally liberation. The special feature of Gayatri mantra is that it is beyond religion, caste or creed and can be chanted by all sections of people.
The Gayatri mantra has 24 letters. Each of the letter stands for the 24 tattvas of the universe.
Therefore, Goddess Gayatri represents various tattvas of creation, and hence She’s is the supreme deity. She enlightens one’s soul by removing darkness. The Gayatri Mantra firmly establishes and stabilizes the mind. It calls upon the sun and therefore attracts the blessings of the sun. It protects the devotee from dangers and guides you towards the Divine by sheer intuition. It decreases stress level, brightens memory, increases concentration, improves breathing and health, keeps heart healthy and enhances family life. It has the potential to make the environment very auspicious with powerful energies of positivity and auspiciousness.
Gayatri Homam also called Sukruta Homam is a very powerful homa dedicated to Goddess Gayatri, consort of Brahma. It is one of the purest forms of worship and is performed for the wellness and unity of a society at large. The Gayatri Homam fetches the blessings of not only Goddess Gayatri but also the grace of Lord Surya. It has a long standing impact in your entire life. A person performing the homam will be protected by the goddess. It can be performed to bring rainfall, procure food and shelter even and it has the power to solve all problems.
The Homam brightens your life, makes you gain self-confidence, bestows good health, wealth, prosperity, abolishes sins, and gives joy and peace. It also ensures longevity, glorious success in all efforts taken by the devotee, promises intellectual elevation and divine realisation of the self. It’s a spiritual armour that safeguards people from troubles, struggles and all barriers. The vibrations of the yagya are so powerful that it easily percolates the mind, heart, intellect and inner self thereby making a person powerful and honourable.
The Brahma Temple in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu has three sanctorum for Lord Brahma and his consorts Saraswati and Gayatri who are seen in a standing position seeking blessings of Lord Vedanaryana Perumal along with his two consorts, Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Also, there’s a shrine for Lord Narasimha and His two consorts. Lord Brahma came to this temple to get rid of his pride by observing penance. Pleased with Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu taught the Vedas and reinstated Brahma to his earlier status. Hence he came to be called as Veda Narayana Perumal and the Mother is worshipped as Vedavalli. The unique aspect of the temple is that one of the rear faces of Lord Brahma is covered with a clock. The hidden face can be seen as a reflection in the mirror at the back of the idol which has the features of Mother Gayatri. Devotees offer special pujas to Lord Brahma and Goddesses Saraswati and Gayatri before admitting their children to school. Fridays are special for wealth-giving Maha Lakshmi, and Saturdays for Perumal (Lord Vishnu) for relief from debt burdens. Devotees pray to Yoga Narasimha for longevity on their 60th, 70th and 80th birthdays.
The Gayatri Yantra represents divine knowledge, radiance and peace. It has the power to eradicate negativity, bad energies, and misfortunes. This powerful tool emits energies that bring about a positive change in your life and offers motivation to mediate, enhances focus, and helps to maintain harmony in relationships, especially within the family. The yantra holds the Mother's supreme energies that calm the mind to think positively and creatively. The divine power of the yantra helps to banish evil spirits present around you. Worshipping the Yantra boosts concentration levels and offers great knowledge which is beneficial to students. It calms the mind, attracts prosperity, and offers a great vision. Having plenty of Beejakshara mantras embossed in 64 squares, the yantra gets rid of bad dreams, liberates negative karma of past life, and gives relief from anxiety, tension and stress.