gāyatrī गायत्री

Definition: गायत्री 1 A Vedic metre of 24 syllables; गायत्री छन्द- सामहम् Bg.1.35. -2 Name of a very sacred verse repeated by every Brāhmaṇa at his Sandhyā (morning and evening devotions) and on other occasions also. Great sins even are said to be expiated by a pious repetition of this verse, which is as follows :-- तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् Rv.3.62.1. -3 A number of mystical verses in Tantra literature. -4 Name of Durgā, Ks.53.172. -त्रम् A hymn composed and recited in the Gāyatrī metre. -Comp. -मन्त्रः prayers connected with the गायत्री. -वल्लभः an epithet of Śiva.

Dictionary: Apte
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