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Gāyatri Mantras of Several Gods

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Gāyatri mantra are very powerful meditation aids to pray for grace of a particular God. Thirty seven such Gāyatri Mantras are given below. Chanting or meditating on these mantras is to be done only as per the teaching of the Guru.

Śri Ganeṣa Gāyatri[edit]

Om Lambhodaraya vidmahe

Mahodaraya deemahi

Thanno danthi prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on that god with broad paunch
Oh, God with a big belly, give me higher intellect,
And let the elephant faced one illuminate my mind.

Om Ekadanthaya vidmahe

Vakrathundaya dheemahi

Thanno danthi prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on that one tusked God,
Oh, God with broken tusk, give me higher intellect,
And let the elephant faced one illuminate my mind.

Om Thatpurashaya vidhmahe

Vakrathundaya dheemahi

Thanno danthi prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on that great male,
Oh, God with broken tusk, give me higher intellect,
And let the elephant faced one illuminate my mind.

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Lord Śiva Gāyatri[edit]

Om Tat Purushaya Vidhmahe

Mahadevaya Dheemahe

Thanno Rudra Prachodayath.

Om, Let me meditate on the great Purusha,
Oh, greatest God, give me higher intellect,
And let God Rudra illuminate my mind.

Nārāyana Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Narayanaya Vidhmahe

Vasudevaya Dheemahe

Thanno Viṣṇu Prachodayath.

Om, Let me meditate on Lord Narayana,
Oh, Lord Vasudeva, give me higher intellect,
And let Lord Viṣṇu illuminate my mind.

Rāma Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Daserathaya Vidhmahe

Sita Vallabhaya Dheemahe

Thanno Rama Prachodayath.

Om, Let me meditate on the son of Daṣaratha,
Oh, consort of Sita, give me higher intellect,
And let God Rāma illuminate my mind.

Kṛṣṇa Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Dhamodharaya Vidhmahe

Rukmani Vallabhay Dheemahe

Thanno Krishna Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the god whose belly was tied by a rope, Oh, consort of Rukhmani, give me higher intellect, And let God Krishna illuminate my mind.

Om Govindaya Vidhmahe[edit]

Gopi Vallabhaya Dheemahe Thanno Krishna Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the god who takes care of all beings,
Oh, darling of all gopis, give me higher intellect,
And let God Krishna illuminate my mind.

Venkateśvara Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Nirnajanaya Vidmahe

Nirapasaya Dheemahe

Thanno Srinivasa Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the god who is eternal truth,
Oh, God who does not have attachments, give me higher intellect,
And let God Srinivasa illuminate my mind.

Narasimha Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Narasimhaya Vidmahe

Vajra Nakhaya Dheemahe

Thanno Narasimha Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the god who is the lion man,
Oh, God who has diamond claws, give me higher intellect,
And let God Narasimha illuminate my mind.

Hayagreeva Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Vaniswaraya Vidmahe

Haya Greevaya Dheemahe

Thanno Hayagreeva Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the god of learning,
Oh, God who has a horse face, give me higher intellect,
And let God Hayagreeva illuminate my mind.

Sudharshana Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Sudharshanaya Vidmahe

Maha Jwalaya Dheemahe

Thanno Chakra Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the holy wheel of Sudharshana,
Oh, Wheel which has great brilliance, give me higher intellect,
And let the wheel illuminate my mind.

Brahma Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Chathur mukhaya Vidmahe

Hamasaroodaya Dheemahe

Thanno Brahma Prachodayath.

Om, Let me meditate on the God with four faces,
Oh, God who rides on the Swan, give me higher intellect,
And let the Lord Brahma illuminate my mind.

Om Vedathmanaya vidmahe,

Hiranya Garbhaya Dheemahi,

Thanno Brahma prachodayath

Om, Let me meditate on The God who is the soul of Vedas, Oh God, who holds the entire world within you, give me higher intellect, And let the Lord Brahma illuminate my mind.

Subrahamanya Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om That Purushaya Vidhmahe

Maha Senaya Dheemahe

Thanno Shanmuga Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on that great male,
Oh, commander in chief, give me higher intellect,
And let the six faced one illuminate my mind.

Lakṣmi Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Mahadevyaicha Vidhmahe

Vishnu Pathniyaicha Dheemahe

Thanno Lakshmi Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the greatest goddess,
Oh, wife of Lord Vishnu, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess Lakshmi illuminate my mind.

Saraswathi Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Vakdeviyai cha Vidhmahe

Virinji Pathniyai cha Dheemahe

Thanno Vani Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of speech,
Oh, wife of Lord Brahma, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess Vani illuminate my mind.

Durgā Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Kathyayanaya Vidhmahe

Kanya Kumari cha Dheemahe

Thanno Durgaya Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the goddess who is daughter of Kathyayana,
Oh, maiden Goddess, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess Durga illuminate my mind.

Rādhā Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Vrishabhanujaye Vidhmahe

Krishna priyaya Dheemahe

Thanno Radha Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the daughter of Vrishabhanu,
Oh, darling of Krishna, give me higher intellect,
And let Radha illuminate my mind.

Sitā Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Janaka Nandinye Vidhmahe

Bhumijayai Dheemahe

Thanno Sita Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the daughter of Janaka
Oh, daughter of earth, give me higher intellect,
And let Sita illuminate my mind.

Devendra Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Sahasra nethrayeVidhmahe

Vajra hasthaya Dheemahe

Thanno Indra Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the thousand eyed one,
Oh, Lord with Vajra as weapon, give me higher intellect,
And let Indra illuminate my mind.

Hanumān Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Aanjaneya Vidhmahe

Maha balaya Dheemahe

Thanno Hanuman Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the son of Anjana,
Oh, Very strong one, give me higher intellect,
And let Hanuman illuminate my mind.

Āditya Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Bhaskaraya Vidhmahe

Diva karaya Dheemahe

Thanno Surya Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the Sun God,
Oh, maker of the day, give me higher intellect,
And let Sun God illuminate my mind.

Om Aswadwajaya Vidhmahe

Pasa Hasthaya Dheemahe

Thanno Surya Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the god who has a horse flag,
Oh, God who holds the rope, give me higher intellect,
And let Sun God illuminate my mind.

Chandra Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Kshira puthraya Vidhmahe

Amrithathvaya Dheemahe

Thanno Chandra Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the son of milk,
Oh, essence of nectar, give me higher intellect,
And let moon God illuminate my mind.

Om Padmadwajaya Vidhmahe

Hema roopaya Dheemahe

Thanno Chandra Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on God who has lotus in his flag,
Oh, God of golden colour, give me higher intellect,
And let moon God illuminate my mind.

Angāraka Gāyatri[edit]

It means Mars.

Om veeradhwajaaya vidmahae

vighna hastaaya dheemahi

tanno bhouma prachodayaat

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on him who has hero in his flag,
Oh, He who has power to solve problems, give me higher intellect,
And let the son of earth God illuminate my mind.

Budha Gāyatri[edit]

It means Mercury.

Om gajadhwajaaya vidmahae

sukha hastaaya dheemahi

tanno budha: prachodayaat

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on him who has elephant in his flag,
Oh, He who has power to grant pleasure, give me higher intellect,
And let Budha illuminate my mind.

Guru Gāyatri[edit]

It means Jupiter.

Om vrishabadhwajaaya vidmahae

kruni hastaaya dheemahi

tanno guru: prachodayaat

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on him who has bull in his flag,
Oh, He who has power to get things done, give me higher intellect,
And let Guru illuminate my mind.

Shukra Gāyatri[edit]

It means Venus.

Om aswadhwajaaya vidmahae

dhanur hastaaya dheemahi

tanno shukra: prachodayaat

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on him who has horse in his flag,
Oh, He who has a bow in his hand, give me higher intellect,
And let Shukra illuminate my mind.

Śaniśwara Gāyatri[edit]

It means Saturn.

Om kaakadhwajaaya vidmahae

khadga hastaaya dheemahi

tanno mandah: prachodayaat

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on him who has crow in his flag,
Oh, He who has a sword in his hand, give me higher intellect,
And let Saneeswara illuminate my mind.

Rāhu Gāyatri[edit]

Om naakadhwajaaya vidmahae

padma hastaaya dheemahi

tanno raahu: prachodayaat

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on him who has snake in his flag,
Oh, He who has a lotus in his hand, give me higher intellect,
And let Rahu illuminate my mind.

Kethu Gāyatri[edit]

Om aswadhwajaaya vidmahae

soola hastaaya dheemahi

tanno ketu: prachodayaat

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on him who has horse in his flag,
Oh, He who has a trident in his hand, give me higher intellect,
And let Kethu illuminate my mind.

Yama Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Surya puthraya Vidhmahe

Maha Kalaya Dheemahe

Thanno Yama Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the son of Sun God,
Oh, great Lord of time, give me higher intellect,
And let God of death illuminate my mind.

Varuṇa Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Jala bimbhaya Vidhmahe

Nila Purushaya Dheemahe

Thanno Varuna Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the reflection of water,
Oh, person of ocean blue, give me higher intellect,
And let the God of water illuminate my mind.

Agni Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Maha jwalaya Vidhmahe

Agni devaya Dheemahe

Thanno Agni Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the great flame,
Oh, God of fire, give me higher intellect,
And let the Fire God illuminate my mind.

Om Vaiswanaraya Vidhmahe

Laaleelaya Dheemahe

Thanno Agni Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the flame that digests,
Oh, merger of all, give me higher intellect,
And let the Fire God illuminate my mind.

Garuda Gāyatri[edit]

Om Thathpurushaya Vidhmahe

Suvarna Pakshaya Dheemahe

Thanno Garuda Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on that great living being,
Oh, Bird with golden wings, give me higher intellect,
And let the God Garuda illuminate my mind

Nandi Gāyatri[edit]

Om Thathpurushaya Vidhmahe

Chakrathundaya Dheemahe

Thanno Nandi Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on that great living being,
Oh, Lord of devas, give me higher intellect,
And let the God Nandi illuminate my mind

Pṛthvi Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Prithivi devyyaya Vidhmahe

Sahasra murthaye cha Dheemahe

Thanno Prithvi Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of earth,
Oh, Goddess who has thousand forms, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess earth illuminate my mind.

Manmatha Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om kAma-devAya vidmahe

puShpa-vANAya dhImahe

tanno kAma prachodayAt

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the God of love,
One with flower-arrows (kAma-deva), give me higher intellect,
And let the God of love illuminate my mind.

Tulsi Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Tulsi devyai cha Vidhmahe

Vishnu priyayai cha Dheemahe

Thanno Brindah Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the Goddess of Ocimum, Oh, Goddess who is dear to Vishnu, give me higher intellect, And let Brindha[1] illuminate my mind.

Śirdi Sai Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Shirdi vasaya Vidhmahe

Sachithanandaya Dheemahe

Thanno Sai Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the God who lives in Shirdi,
Oh, God who is the ethereal truth and happiness, give me higher intellect,
And let that Sai illuminate my mind.

Sathya Sai Gāyatri Mantra[edit]

Om Sri Sayeeswaraya Vidhmahe

SAthya Devaya Dheemahe

Thanno Sarva Prachodayath.

  • Translation

Om, Let me meditate on the God Sai,
Oh, God who is the truth, give me higher intellect,
And let the God of everything illuminate my mind.

Notes[edit]

  1. another name for the Tulsi plant


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