Gayatri Mata is the mother of Vedas, which are considered as great source of knowledge and wisdom. She is a protector of all living beings because she is the wife of Lord Brahma.
In Hinduism’s Holy Scripture – Bhagavad Gita, the Lord Krishna proclaimed to Arjuna that – among all the mantras, Gayatri mantra is of supreme importance and he himself enchants this mantra.
Therefore, Gayatri is also called “Sarva Devata Svarupini” or “Vedas-Mata”.
She has five heads, ten eyes and ten arms. She sits on Swan and has Vedas in her one hand.
Gayatri mantra has great significance among Hindus because chanting of mantra creates a powerful force which removes fear. It is accompanied by AUM, Bhur, bhuvah and swah.
Mantra (English Text of Sanskrit Text)
AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT
It is advised that this mantra should be enchanted two times in a day. Preferred time : 4 to 8 A.M. (this is considered as Sattvik time) and 4 to 8 P.M. (this is considered as Rajsik time).
In the Vedic tradition, every child has to start his education with Gayatri Mantra, and then only he receives further education.
Nowadays Gayatri Temples can be found almost in every city of India, but earlier it was only present at Pushkar, Rajasthan (India).