In 2020, Gayatri Jayanti will be celebrated on 2nd June. Gayatri Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri. Goddess Gayatri is a consort of Lord Brahma. Goddess Gayatri is also known as Veda Mata i.e. mother of all Vedas. Goddess Gayatri is also known as the goddess of Hindu Trimurti i.e. Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh.
Who Is Goddess Gayatri?
Goddess Gayatri is often considered as the mother of all gods and a representation of Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Parvati, and Goddess Saraswati. It is said that Lord Brahma wanted to perform a Yajna. For Yajna Brahma needed his consort, Goddess Saraswati. Not able to find out Saraswati anywhere, Brahma requested the priest to find any women with whom Brahma can marry and complete the Yajna.
On the request of Lord Brahma, the priest found out Gayatri and got her married to Brahma. Many also believe that Goddess Gayatri was none other than the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati.
Structure Of Goddess Gayatri
Goddess Gayatri sits on the top of the lotus flower. Goddess Gayatri has 5 faces. The 5 faces of Gayatri symbolizes 5 pranas – Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana and Samana. Each face signifies vital elements of the universe which are earth, fire, air, sky, and the water. Goddess Gayatri has 10 hands and she carries all the weapons of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Apart from Lord Shiva, Gayatri is the only goddess to have 3 eyes.
When Is Gayatri Jayanti Celebrated?
Due to differences in opinions, Gayatri Jayanti is celebrated twice a year. Gayatri Jayanti is observed a day after Ganga Dussehra. Gayatri Jayanti is celebrated on Shukla paksha Ekadashi during the Jyeshtha lunar month. Second time, particularly in South India, it is celebrated on Shravana Purnima.
Why Is Gayatri Jayanti Celebrated?
The day of Gayatri Jayanti is celebrated because it is the day when the goddess appeared for the first time on the earth. Adi Shakti took the form of Gayatri to kill Vetrasur.
How To Celebrate Gayatri Jayanti?
Bhajans and Kirtans are a must during this day. One must offer prayers and perform pooja towards Goddess Gayatri. At many places, people gather in large groups for ceremonies. Chanting of the Gayatri mantra is a must. One must chant the mantra at least 3 times a day first in the morning, then in the afternoon, and one in the evening. Due to lockdown, it is advisable to follow the Government restrictions.
Muhurat During Gayatri Jayanti
Tithi begin time: 1st June, 2020 on 02:57 PM;
Tithi end time: 2nd June, 2020 on 12:04 PM.