Dimple Arora reports on the Jyeshtha Gayatri Jayanti
Jyeshtha Gayatri Jayanti is a highly auspicious Hindu festival that will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. This day holds immense significance as it marks the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, who is revered as the Goddess of Veda and is also known as Veda Mata.
Goddess Gayatri is believed to encompass all the divine qualities of Brahman, the ultimate reality in Hindu philosophy. She is revered as the mother of all Gods and is considered to be an embodiment of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Parvati, and Goddess Lakshmi. Devotees worship her as the divine force behind the Hindu Trimurti.
Gayatri Jayanti is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi, the 11th day of the waxing phase of the moon, during the lunar month of Jyeshtha. It usually falls on the day following the festival of Ganga Dussehra. However, there are different opinions regarding the observance of Gayatri Jayanti, and in some traditions, it is also observed during the auspicious day of Shravana Purnima, which coincides with the sacred day of Upakarma.
On this special day, devotees engage in various devotional practices to honor and seek the blessings of Goddess Gayatri. They offer special prayers, perform rituals, and recite the Gayatri Mantra with utmost reverence. The Gayatri Mantra considered one of the most powerful Vedic hymns, is chanted repeatedly as a means to invoke the divine energy and attain spiritual enlightenment.
Devotees believe that the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra on this sacred day holds immense transformative power. It is believed to awaken the inner consciousness, bestow wisdom, and help individuals attain spiritual growth. By dedicating themselves to the practice of chanting and understanding the significance of the mantra, devotees strive to eliminate ignorance and connect with the divine cosmic energy.
Throughout the day, devotees engage in prayers, meditation, and self-reflection, seeking spiritual rejuvenation and enlightenment. The Gayatri Mantra is recited with deep devotion, and its vibrations are believed to purify the mind, body, and soul. The day serves as a reminder for individuals to embrace the divine knowledge represented by Goddess Gayatri and incorporate its teachings into their daily lives.
During Jyeshtha Gayatri Jayanti, devotees also gather at temples and participate in community gatherings where intellectual and spiritual discourses take place. Scholars and spiritual leaders share insights into the significance of the Gayatri Mantra and its profound impact on one’s spiritual journey. These discourses provide devotees with guidance and inspiration to deepen their understanding of the mantra’s essence.
In addition to the spiritual observances, Jyeshtha Gayatri Jayanti also fosters a sense of unity and compassion. Devotees engage in acts of charity, such as distributing food, clothing, and other essential items to the less fortunate. These acts of kindness symbolize gratitude towards the divine and a commitment to serve humanity.
Jyeshtha Gayatri Jayanti is a highly revered Hindu festival commemorating the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, the Goddess of Veda. Devotees celebrate this auspicious day with prayers, rituals, and the recitation of the Gayatri Mantra to seek the blessings of the divine. It is a time for spiritual introspection, enlightenment, and acts of compassion, as devotees strive to embrace the teachings of Goddess Gayatri and connect with the divine cosmic energy.