Gayatri

September 25th, 2008 by sabrina

Today is my one-year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I have written about 330 Goddesses, amassing a list of almost 3000 names. Today’s Goddess will put me over the 3000 mark—gotta love those Hindu astottaras!

Gayatri is the Hindu Goddess of the Vedas, the sacred texts. She is the personification of the Gayatri Mantra, a hymn of praise to the Sun God Savitr. She is usually depicted sitting on a red lotus and accompanied by a white swan. She has five heads, each with different colored skin, symbolizing the four main Vedas and the supreme God, and she has ten hands, which hold such symbols as a wine cup, a conch, and a noose. Gayatri is considered to be a consort of Brahma, identifying her with his other consort, Sarasvati. One hymn to Gayatri lists these 108 of her thousand names, which correspond to some of her different aspects:
Taruna-ditya samkashayai
Saha-srana-yanoj-valayai
Vichitra-malya-bhara-nayai
Tuhina-chala-vasinyai
Varada-bhaya-hastab-jayai
Revareera-niva-sinyai
Nipatraya-vishesha-gynayai
Yantra-kruti-virajitayai
Bhadha-pada-prayayai
Govinda-pada-gaminyai
Devarhsi-gana-samstu-tyayai
Vana-mala-vibhu-shitayai
Syanda-nottama-samsdha-nayai
Deergha-jeemata-nisva-nayai
Matta-matanga-gamanayai
Hiranya-kamala-sanayai
Deeja-nadhara niratayai
Yoginyai
Yoga-dharinyai
Nata-natyai-kani-ratayai
Prana-vadya-ksharat-mikayai
Chora-chara-kriya-saktayai
Daridrya-chedaka-rinyai
Yada-vendra-kulod-bhutayai
Tureeya-padha-gaminyai
Gayatryai
Gomatyai
Gangayai
Goutamyai
Guruda-sanayai
Geya-gana-priyayai
Gouryai
Govinda-pada-pujitayai
Gandharva-nagara-karayai
Goura-varnayai
Gane-shvaryai
Gadashra-yayai
Guna-vatyai
Gahvaryai
Gana-pujitayai
Guna-traya samayu-ktayai
Gunatraya-vivarji-tayai
Guha-vasayai
Guna-dharayai
Guhyayai
Gandharva-rupinyai
Garya-priyayai
Guru-padayai
Guhya-linganga-dharinyai
Savitryai
Surya-tana-yayai
Sushu-mnanadi-bedinyai
Supra-kashayai
Sukha-seenayai
Sumatyai
Sura-pujitayai
Sushu-patya-vasdhayai
Sudatyai
Sundaryai
Saga-ramba-rayai
Sudham-shubimba-vadanayai
Sustanyai
Suvi-locha-nayai
Seetayai
Sarva-shrayayai
Sandhyayai
Sapha-layai
Sukhada-enyai
Subhruve
Suna-sayai
Sushronyai
Samsara-rnavata-rinyai
Sama-gana-priyayai
Sadhvyai
Sarva-bharana-pujitayai
Vaishnavyai
Vimala-karayai
Mahendryai
Mantra-rupinyai
Maha-lakshmyai
Maha-sidyai
Maha-mayayai
Mahe-sharyai
Mohinyai
Madana-karayai
Madhu-sudhana-choditayai
Meena-kshyai
Madhura-vasayai
Nagendra-tanayayai
Umayai
Trivikrama-pada-krantayai
Trisva-rayai
Trivilo-chanayai
Surya-mandala-madya-sdhayai
Chandra-mandala-samsdhitayai
Vahni-mandala-madya-sdhayai
Vayu-mandala-madya-sdhayai
Vyoma-mandala-madya-sdhayai
Chakrinyai
Chakra-rupinyai
Kala-chakra-vitana-sdhayai
Chandra-mandala-darpanayai
Jyotna-tapanuli-ptamgyai
Maha-maruta-veejitayai
Sarva-mantra-shrayayai
Denave
Papagnai
Parame-shvaryai

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2 responses about “Gayatri”

  1. Mrs.B. said:

    WOW! That’s amazing! Congrats on your blogiversary!

  2. sabrina said:

    Thanks, Mrs. B!