Ganga Dussehra 2018

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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.

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