Gayatri Mata or Goddess Gayatri Devi is considered as the representation of the divine essence of Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali and the personified form of the famous Vedic hymn Gayatri mantra. The word Gayatri is a combination of ‘Gaya’ which translates to mean the hymn of wisdom and ‘Tri’ represents the combined strength of the three Goddesses.Lets see more about Goddess Gayatri Devi Tanjore Paintings.
Goddess Gayatri is worshipped as the deity, which expresses the untiring pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. As per the Vedic literature, she is portrayed as the female form of the light of the sun. The light itself denotes the wisdom that enlightens the soul. The Gayatri Mantra extols the form of Gayatri Mata. The Gayatri Mantra is the Mula mantra or the most basic mantra in Hinduism. It helps the devotee attain and follow the ‘Sanatana Dharma’, which is the ideal of perfection. Goddess Gayatri devi Tanjore paintings.
Significance of Gayatri Devi Mantra
Gayatri mantra is meant for realization of God and is regarded as representing the Supreme Lord. Success in chanting it enables one to enter the transcendental position of the Lord. But, in order to chant the Gayatri mantra, it is necessary for one to first acquire the qualities of the perfectly balanced person in terms of the qualities of goodness according to the laws of material nature. The Gayatri mantra is considered to be the sonic incarnation of Brahman and is regarded as very important in Vedic civilization
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Incarnation:Goddess Gayatri devi Tanjore paintings
According to mythology, Goddess Gayatri is considered as a form of Goddess Saraswati and is the spouse of Lord Brahma. As the story goes, Brahma was once conducting a ritual that required the presence of his wife Devi Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati was delayed for some reason and couldn’t arrive on time. This made Brahma furious. He asked the priests to wed him to any woman available, so that she can sit through the ritual as his wife. The priests searched for a woman who could take Saraswati Devi’s place and found a beautiful shepherdess Gayatri Devi. Brahma was married to her and the ritual was completed. It is believed that the shepherdess was an incarnate of Goddess Saraswati.
It is said that as Brahma’s wife, Gayatri Devi presented him with the four Vedas. This is why Gayatri Devi is known as the Veda Mata and also called by other names such as savitri, etc. . She is also the patron Goddess of artisans, poets and musicians.
Iconography and Names
Goddess Gayatri is shown to have five heads. Each head
represents the pancha vayu or pancha prana – Samana, Udana, Prana, Apana and
Vyana. Alternatively, they are said to represent the pancha tatwas – Prithvi
(earth), Vayu (air), Jala (water), Aakasha (sky/ether) and Teja (fire). In her ten
hands, she carries a shankhu, chakra, varada, kamala, kasha, abhaya, ujjwala
patra (utensil), ankusha and a rudraksha mala. Sitting on a swan (Annapakshi) bird
which is considered as the symbol of purity.
Gayatri is the presiding deity of the Morning Prayer and rules over the Rig-Veda and the garhapatya fire.