The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most revered and perhaps one of the most practiced mantra in Hinduism. The mantra has several variations based on the God or Goddess that the devotee wishes to address or worship.

The Durga Gayatri is a variation of the Gayatri mantra designed to address Goddess Durga, particularly during the period of Durga Navaratri or Durga Puja. The Durga Gayatri adapts the 24-syllable metre of the original Gayatri to invoke the Goddess.

Durga Gayatri – Invocation as female power

AUM kaatyaanaaya.h viddhamahe
kanyaakumaarii cha dhImahi
tanno.n durge prachodayaat.h

The three sandhyas (transition periods) of dawn, noon and dusk are appropriate times to chant the Durga Gayatri. According to tradition, 108 repetitions are recommended during each period of chanting. However, if one is constrained by time, this number may be reduced to any multiple of 9 (9, 18, etc.).

durga gayatri transliteration

durga gayatri in sanskrit

Meaning and Interpretation of Durga Gayatri

AUM = the universal pranava mantra
kaatyaa-naaya = She who was born in the hermitage
of Sage Kathyayana
vid-dhamahe = the omnipresent one
kanya-kumari = the one who is the "princess" among "girls"
dheemahi = give us the strength to meditate
tanno = we bow before you
durge = Goddess Durga, the inaccessible one
pracho-dayaat = give us blessings and inspiration

Durga Gayatri – Invocation with Lord Shiva

AUM girijaaya.h viddhamahe
shivaHpriyaaya.h dhImahi
tanno.n durgaa prachodayaat.h

This is a form of the Durga Gayatri where Goddess Durga is praised as the one who is especially favored by Lord Shiva, the Lord of the mountains.

durga gayatri transliteration

durga gayatri in sanskrit

Listen to audio mp3 extracts of the Durga Gayatri Mantra

Here are some recordings of the Durga Gayatri (click on the images to buy/download the full mp3 from amazon.com)

  • By Sadhana Sargam – Devi Mantra 40386942-23AC-4ED0-96EF-06DC9DAAA624.jpg
  • By Shiva Kumar Sharma – Durga Gayatri from ‘The Complete Gayatri Collection’ AE04480D-E703-4CB3-98D5-AFD39F67019B.jpg
  • By Ravindra Sathe – Durga Gayatri from ‘Shri Durga Kavach’ A282D92F-0288-481B-8182-CDA4F5DACC1A.jpg

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  • Khirod

    All the mantras have amazing power but it depends upon our believeness. The information and technology have been developed so that human thinks he is the creator of this world and creator of everything and he is forgetting the GOD and this is the only reason for increasement of crime. They are totally forgeting the SUPREME POWER. I hope all the MANTRAS should be easily available on the net. Computer should be used for spiritual motivated people who believe in Supreme Power. Computer should also be dedicated to GOD also.

  • Beatrix Leifeld

    Namaste, could you kindly put the Durga Mantra Aum Aing Hring Kleeng chamundaye Vichche transcibed in Devanagri on this page or personally to me.I keep searching the net but I cannot find it.Thanks a thousand times , Beatrix