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noun Hinduism.
  1. a Vedic mantra expressing hope for enlightenment: recited daily by the faithful and repeated in all religious rites and ceremonies.
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Origin of gayatri

1835–45; < Sanskrit gāyatri, derivative of gāyatra song, hymn
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Historical Examples

  • In this position every pious Hindu must mentally repeat a certain verse, which is called the Gayatri.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • One should next proceed to the tirtha known as Gayatri celebrated over the three worlds.

  • After we had attained full brahminhood I became72 very keen on repeating the gayatri.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • When Brahma took for a second wife Gayatri, the milkmaid, she cursed him so that he could only be worshipped once a year.

    Indian Myth and Legend

    Donald Alexander Mackenzie

  • By repeating the Gayatri (a certain verse of the Rigveda addressed to the sun) a man is saved.