Om Namah Shivaya is a three word Mahamantra that is considered to be the supreme invocation to Lord Shiva. The gayatri invocation for Lord Shiva is called Rudra Gayatri. Aum tadpurushAya vidhmahe.
References to the Gayatri Mantra in Scriptures
The Upanisads (sacred texts) of Hinduism contain several references to the Gayatri Mantra.
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व:
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि,
धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।
The Gayatri Mantra consists of twenty-four syllables – three lines of eight syllables each. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation. Gayatri is also referred to as a Vedic poetic meter of 24 syllables or any hymn composed in this meter.
The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most revered Hindu Mantras which is chanted in almost every household in India. This page features the meaning and some audio extracts of the Gayatri Mantra that can help you with the chanting and proper pronunciation of the Gayatri Mantra.
Saraswati Gayatri Mantra
The Saraswati Gayatri is a mantra written specifically to invoke Goddess Saraswati, in the 24-metre tradition of the original Gayatri Mantra. The transliterated version, along with the sanskrit version is given below:
AUM vaakdevayyI ch: viddhmahe
virinji patniyyI ch: dhImahi
tanno.n vaaNi prachodayaat.h.