Gāyatrī and Gauḍīyas

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Vic DiCara (Vraja Kishor). (2022). Gāyatrī and Gauḍīyas: Journal of Vaishnava Studies. Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 24(2), 77–83. Retrieved from https://ivsjournal.com/index.php/jvs/article/view/365


The Veda is mostly poetry, meant to be sung. Chandaḥ—the metrics of poetic rhythm—is therefore one of the six essential subjects of traditional Vedic study, vedāṅga. Gāyatrī is a poetic-meter that has 24 syllables in total, divided into three lines with eight syllables in each. The word gāyatrī is very similar to the word mantra. Mantra means “the tool (-tra) by which the mind (man-)”1 can be saved (trayate).” Gāyatrī means, “the tool (-tra) by which a song (gāya-) can rescue us.”

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