Gayatri Mantra

​The Gayatri mantra also known as the savitri mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the rig veda. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by om.The Gayatri mantra is repeated and cited very widely in Vedic literature and praised in several classical Hindu texts such as the Gita and manusmiriti . The mantra is an important part of the upnayana ceremony for young brahmin males in hinduism and has long been recited by Brahmin men as part of their daily rituals. Modern hindu reforms spread the practice of the mantra to include women and all castes and its use is now very widespread. It meas”Let us adore the supremacy of that divine sun, the god-head who illuminates all, who recreates all, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, whom we invoke to direct our understandings aright in our progress toward his holy seat.” It’s said to chant gayatri mantra purifies the chanter.simple to use and nice voice quality.

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    by Promod Puri

    (From the book Hinduism Beyond Rituals, Customs And Traditions by Promod Puri)

    Since bias knows no boundaries, Manusmriti not only expounds the social distance between the upper and lower castes, but it also delineates the status of women by curbing their rights. It lists guidelines for men in selecting marriage partners and puts a stamp of their superiority by creating gender inequality.

    In chapter 3 with numbered paragraphs here it is what Manusmriti prescribes:

    8. One should not marry women who have reddish hair, redundant parts of the body [such as six fingers], one who is often sick, one without hair or having excessive hair and one who has red eyes.

    9. One should not marry women whose names are similar to constellations, trees, rivers, those from a low caste, mountains, birds, snakes, slaves or those whose names inspires terror.

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