Ganga Dussehra 2018
Goddess Gayatri is worshipped as Veda Mata or the mother of Vedas. According to a holy legend, Goddess Gayatri is considered as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Vedas. It is believed that her four heads represent the four Vedas. She is sitting on Lotus. The ten hands of Goddess Gayatri are the symbols of Lord Vishnu. She is believed to be the second consort of Lord Brahma. As per the legend, Goddess Gayatri appeared in the form of knowledge on the eleventh day of the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta month. Hence, the day marks the celebration of Gayatri Jayanti. Sage Vishwamitra shared the knowledge with the world.
Gayatri Jayanti is a celebration of worshiping Aadi-Shakti Gayatri. The entire Universe is originated by Gayatri. Sage Vishwamitra first uttered the Gayatri Mantra on the occasion of Gayatri Jayanti. The day is celebrated every year with prayers and pujas devoted to Goddess Gayatri. Gayatri mantra is chanted. Satsangs and bhajans are sung in praise of the Goddess. Gayatri Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, the Goddess of Veda. It is believed that Goddess Gayatri is a manifestation of all phenomenal attributes of Brahman. She is worshipped as the Goddess of Hindu Trimurti. She is the mother of all Gods and embodiment of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Parvati, and Goddess Lakshmi. At several places, Gayatri Jayanti is observed during Shravana Purnima which usually coincides with Upakarma day.
Gayatri Jayanti is the day when Sage Vishwamitra first uttered Gayatri Mantra. Some people also believed that Goddess Gayatri, the Mother of Vedas, appeared on the earth on the day. The supremacy of Gayatri Mantra is narrated in Hindu religious scriptures and Puranas. The greatness of this mantra has been known since the Vedic times. As per the legends, Goddess Gayatri is the Supreme Goddess and is also worshipped as Mother Goddess. Devi Gayatri bestowed her devotees with all spiritual and worldly happiness. Gayatri mantra frees the individual from all the sins.
Devotees offer special prayers and pujas to Goddess Gayatri. People from different walks of life gather to offer their respect and devotion in the form of prayers and puja which are conducted by Pandits. Satsangs and Kirtans are organised on this day, and the Gayatri Mantra is chanted. If devotees chant the Gayatri mantra, then no other mantras need to chant as Gayatri mantra, is highly sacred. One must recite Gayatri mantra thrice a day, preferably in the morning, afternoon and evening. It is believed that chanting the Gayatri mantra relieves the devotees from miseries and hardships of life.