Aarti Natarajan Sharma
Goddess Gayatri is known to be the divine universal mother and also the mother of the Vedas (Vedamata). She is considered to be the divine energy that emanates from all things. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma needed to perform a yajna which required the presence of his wife, Goddess Saraswati, who was not available. Lord Brahma asked the priest to find a woman who could take the place of Goddess Saraswati so that the yajna could proceed. The priest found a suitable woman, named her Gayatri and married her to Lord Brahma. This is also why Goddess Gayatri is often referred to as the manifestation of Goddess Saraswati.
Goddess Gayatri is depicted with five faces sitting on a lotus flower. Her five faces symbolise five pranas and the five elements of the universe—earth, sky, fire, water and air. She has ten hands and carries the weapons of the Trinity- Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in her hands.
The most well-known prayer in worship of Goddess Gayatri is the Gayatri mantra. But there is yet another prayer which is a powerful way of worshipping the goddess- the Gayatri chalisa. This is a forty-verse prayer in praise of the goddess. Ved Vyas is said to have called this chalisa as the essence of all Vedas.
The Gayatri chalisa asks the Goddess Gayatri to relieve the devotee from all pain and to bestow bliss. It talks of the goddess as the source of all light and intelligence. It is believed that a person who chants the Gayatri Chalisa daily with devotion shall be freed from all ills and gain clarity of thought.
Some of the popular verses of the Gayatri chalisa are
AUM BHUR BHUVAH SWAH YUTA JANAI
GAYATRI NITA KALIMALA DAHANI.
AKSHAR CHAUBIS PARAMA PUNITAA
INMEN BASEN SHASTRA SHRUTI GEETAA.
(Holy mother Gayatri, accompanied by AUM is the creator of the three worlds - Bhur Bhuvah and Swah. She burns off the impurities of the dark ages. Her 24 alphabets are a divine purifier and the scriptures, the Vedas and the Bhagvad Geeta are enshrined in Her.)
CHAARA VEDA KI MAATU PUNITA
TUMA BRAHMANI GAURI GITA.
MAHAA MANTRA JITANAY JAGA MAAHIN
KO-U GAAYATRI SAMA NAHIN.
(Goddess Gayatri! You are the holy mother of the four Vedas. You are the wife of Brahma. You are the Gauri; the wife of Lord Shiva and You are Geeta. No mantra among all of the worlds is comparable with the Gayatri Mantra.)
RISHI MUNI JATI TAPASVI JOGI
AARATA ARTHI CHINTITA BHOGI.
JO JO SHARANA TUMAARI AAVEN
SO SO MANA VAANCHHITA FALA PAAVEN.
(The sage, the ascetic, the Saint, the performer of penance, a yogi, the unhappy one, the poor one desiring wealth, the worried one whoever comes under your shelter has his desire fulfilled.)
The day marked as the birth of Goddess Gayari is celebrated as Gayatri Jayanti where devotees worship the goddess and offer prayers to her. This year it is falling on Monday, 21 June. This is an excellent opportunity to gift near and dear ones the Gayatri Chalisa. This chalisa comes in a luxurious box with premium design. It is pocket sized and easy to read with large fonts. It is also made of top-quality paper and makes an excellent gift for a worshipper of Goddess Gayatri. It comes in two languages for ease of reading: English and Hindi.
Benefits of chanting the Gayatri Chalisa
- Brings a sense of peace and calmness to the mind.
- Improves focus and breathing.
- Increases clarity of thinking.
- Builds strength of character.
- Provides the person with a sense of happiness
- Bestows wealth and prosperity.
The Gayatri chalisa chanted regularly along with the Gayatri mantra prove to be a powerful combination of prayers which encourages good thoughts. It also creates a protective shield (kavach) around the devotee and protects him from calamities.
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