The spirit of Navaratri – a festival of nine (-nava) nights (-ratri) is a vibrant reminder to us of the power of the feminine in our lives. One aspect of the feminine is shakti – often described as power, or energy. The significance of shakti is perhaps explained best by the two words Shiva-Shakti. Shiva is the potential, Shakti is the energy that enables the realization of that potential.
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.
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.
Goddess Saraswati is universally recognized in Hinduism as the Goddess of learning and knowledge. Students in any and all fields of learning, particularly in music, education and arts, pray to Saraswati for success…
We all celebrate festivals in honor of Durga, we revere Saraswati, we pray to Lakshmi – and yet, we as a society, forget all this reverence when it comes to the choice of a child? But why raise this issue on this blog? What does this have to do with hinduism? Isn’t this a social issue?