Gayatri Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, the Goddess of Veda, also known as Veda Mata. Mythological stories also say that Goddes Gayatri has appeared on the earth on this day. The festival of Gayatri Jayanti is celebrated on Shravan Purnima. This day signifies the importance of the Sanskrit language, and so, people observe this day as ‘Sanskrit Diwas’. People take part in various activities or organize Sanskrit plays to promote the Vedic language.
In 2023 Gayatri Jayanti will be celebrated on 31st May.
While in many places Gayatri Jayanti is also celebrated on Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami-Ekadashi, the next day from Ganga Dussehra. This auspicious day of Gayatri Jayanti is also called Ganga Avataran or Ganga Dussehra.
Goddess Gayatri is believed to be the combination of three Gods namely Lakhxmi, Parvati, and Saraswati who represent opulence, beauty, and knowledge. The Vedas portray her as the female form of the light of the sun. It is She who had presented Brahma with the four Vedas and is thus, also worshipped as Veda Mata or Mother of the Vedas.
Many holy scriptures refer to Goddess as the trinity lords Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. She is even considered the four holy Vedas that according to Hinduism are the collection of knowledge.
Significance Of Gayatri Jayanti
According to Hinduism, Goddess Gayatri is the supreme Goddess, and chanting the Gayatri Mantra has the same importance as doing all the good deeds one can do in one’s life. Since the Goddess appeared in the form of knowledge, this day is celebrated as Gayatri Jayanti. Gayatri Mantra is considered to be second only to the mantra, “Om”.
By chanting the Gayatri Mantra, the devotees can attain spiritual and worldly happiness. The letters of the mantra are interwoven in such a manner that when the mantra is chanted, special vibrations are created, activating the secret centers of energy within the Sadhak. Hindus celebrate Goddess Gayatri’s appearance in the form of knowledge to replace ignorance.
Celebrations and Rituals
On this day devotees should offer prayer and pooja with great devotion to Goddess Gayatri he/she should chant the Gayatri Mantra thrice a day, preferably in the morning, afternoon, and evening time. It is a common belief that she fulfills her devotee’s life with all spiritual happiness. Many Satsangs, bhajans, and kirtans are also organized on this day to offer a great tribute to the Goddess Gayatri.
One should wake up early in the morning on this day after taking bath should resolve to keep fast and worship Goddess Gayatri. Keep an idol or picture of Goddess Gayatri in your home temple and recite Gayatri Mantra, Gayatri Aarti, or Gayatri Chalisa. Organize havan in your home and make donations to the poor and needy. Seek blessings from parents, gurus, or elders members of your family.
The Most Sacred Of Mantras
The Gayatri Mantra, also known as the Savitri Mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda (Mandala 3.62.10), dedicated to Savitr, the sun deity. Gayatri is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed. Vishvamitra is said to have created Gayatri Mantra.
It is non-denominational and can be chanted by anyone to illumine the intellect. It can be chanted upon waking, before the midday meal, and in the evening – alone or in the company of the goodly and Godly.
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah
Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||
Benefits of worshiping goddess Gayatri
All the sins of devotees will be forgiven if they will continuously recite Gayatri Mantra.
There will be spiritual development and realization of God as well.
This mantra is extremely powerful, through reciting it devotees will get social happiness & monetary gains.
This is considered as beneficial for children & will help in gaining intelligence, will lead to ultimate success in their lives.
The devotee will also get relief from the difficulties faced due to enemies.
On this day of Gayatri Jayanti, let us take up the eternal resilience of our Universal Mother, enlighten our intellects with her self-effulgent light, and proceed, day by day, step by step, with patience, perseverance, and positivity.