- Attributes: Embodiment of Gāyatrī Mantra, Goddess of wealth, education and Mother of Vedas
- Symbol: Gāyatrī Mantra (ॐभूर्भुवस्व)
- Place: India
She is typically portrayed sitting on a red lotus, which means wealth and can appear in two forms:
- With five different faces (Mukta, Vidruma, Hema, Neela, Dhavala) representing the pancha pranas / pancha vayus (senses / winds) and ten arms. Her ten eyes face eight different directions beyond heaven and earth and hier arms hold all the weapons of Brahma, Vishnu e Shiva.
- Beside a white swan, holding scriptures (denoting knowledge) in one hand and a vase in another, symbolizing healing. In this way she is the Goddess of education.
When she was taken to Brahma, he realized that she was the very personification of the Gayatri mantra. They were married at that time and have been together ever since.
Due to this union, the Gayatri Goddess is often seen as another representation of Saraswati, or even considered the culmination of three Goddesses: Lakshmi, Parvati e Saraswati.
Gayatri is a Triple Goddess in essence.
The writings of truthHinduísm has got an extensive system of sacred scriptures called Vedas. There are four works written in Vedic Sanskrit (which later gave rise to classical Sanskrit) dating back a long time.
The most ancient text is Rigveda, registered between 2000 BCE and 1500 BCE, and it is where Gāyatrī Mantra (ॐभूर्भुवस्व) is written for the first time. Scholars believe, although, that this Mantra was taught orally since many years before.
Being the second most revered mantra in Hinduism, behind only Om (ॐ), Gāyatrī Mantra also summons Savita, Solar Indian Diety, and for this reason it is also called as Sāvitrī.
According to the beliefs of the Hindus, the knowledge recorded in the Vedas represents all "truth." Being "mother of the Vedas", we can also interpret Gayatri as "mother of truth".
There are no rules or ready-to-use recipes to summon any Goddess in Wicca. The summoning rite comes from within the self. When we study each Goddesses' myth and symbols we can have suggested some ways to summoning them.The Gāyatrī mantra inspires knowledge and wisdom, its translation is something along the lines of "May Almighty One enlighten our intellect to guide us in the right way."
You can recite the mantra, along with some incense, to inspire those qualities and thus achieve your goals.
Gayatri in pop cultura
The opening theme of the science fiction series Battlestar Galactica (ABC) contains the Gayatri mantra:
During her tour (Living Proof: The Farewell Tour), the American singer Cher included in her repertoire the mantra: