History and Significance
The History and Significance of the Gayathri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra has been chronicled in the Rig Veda and the ancient Hindu scriptures describe how Sage Vishwamitra was given the Gayatri Mantra by the Supreme Being as a reward for his many years of deep penance and meditation. This was to be a gift for all humanity.
It is said that recital of this sacred prayer spirals through the entire universe from the heart of the chanter, appealing for peace and divine wisdom for all.
The Gayatri Mantra inspires wisdom in us. In very basic but beautiful language, it says -
"May the divine light of the Supreme Being illuminate our intellect, to lead us along a path of righteousness".