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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 – is seated on a red lotus indicating wealth and having five faces that represent the five principal 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 symbolizes the 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 the 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 Ekadashi, and undertaking severe austerities on this day is most rewarding for all.
Goddess Gayatri Homam has been followed since ancient times. It enriches the positive energy of the planets that rule your chart. It nullifies negative elements and acts as a remedy for 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, eradicating negative qualities, and reaching high levels in material and spiritual life.
Om Bhūrbhuvaḥ Svah Tat Saviturvareṇyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi Dhiyo Yo Naḥ 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 the 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 letters stands for the 24 tattvas of the universe.
Therefore, Goddess Gayatri represents various tattvas of creation, and hence She’s 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 levels, brightens memory, increases concentration, improves breathing and health, keeps the heart healthy and enhances family life. It has the potential to make the environment very auspicious with powerful energies of positivity and auspiciousness.
Goddess Gayatri Homam, also called Sukruta Homam is a very powerful ritual 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 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 on 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, and prosperity, abolishes sins, and gives joy and peace. It also ensures longevity, and glorious success in all efforts taken by the devotee, and promises intellectual elevation and divine realization of the self. It’s a spiritual armor 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.
Sri Gayatri Amman Temple is situated in Kanchithotti in Chidambaram. One of the earliest known temples, the five-faced Goddess Gayatri appears in the central shrine seated on a lotus facing west. She holds various tools in her ten arms, and there’s a Sri Chakram installed in front of the deity. There’s also a Nandi Statue installed in the front of the main statue. The goddess is an embodiment of Tri-Murtis and Tri-Devis. Goddess Lakshmi and the eight-armed Goddess Durga are also installed in separate shrines. The mother is worshipped as Gayatri in the morning, Savitri during noon, and Saraswathi in the evening. Since the goddess renders power to the Sun, festivals are conducted on the full moon day in the month of Avani which pleases the sun. Performing puja to Goddess Gayatri Amman removes sins, and struggles and clears any hurdles that obstruct children’s education prospects. It gives good scores in exams, hones creativity, and bestows a sharp intellect. The puja purifies the mind, body, and soul and helps in spiritual upliftment. The goddess also gives material prosperity and success in business ventures.
Japa means chanting and mala means garland, so Japa Mala is a string of Tulsi beads that are used for chanting. Usually made of 108 beads, the japa mala is the ultimate tool to focus and chant repeatedly the Gayatri mantra or any other mantra. Chanting in such a way removes obstacles, mental blocks, and depression. It energizes the central system which consists of the nerves that are attached to the brain and spinal cord. The ritual of chanting with the japa mala also helps in self-development, strengthens the personality, overcomes negative traits, and gives immense positivity.