Gayatrimantra, aka: Gayatri-mantra, Gāyatrīmantra; 3 Definition(s)

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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Gāyatrīmantra (गायत्रीमन्त्र) refers to a hymn chanted during the homa-sacrifice performed by the sthapati (master builder) during the ritual of “opening of the eyes”, according to Mānasāra chapter 70.—Chanted at sunrise, this originally Vedic hymn (later adapted by the Śaiva as well as other sects with variations according to their respective doctrine) addresses Savitṛ, Sun the Vivifier, who by his splendor excites and incites meditation, illuminating the mind with wisdom, knowledge and intelligence .In the context of the ceremonies here, especially ln the ceremony of “the opening of the eye of the image”, the manifestation of the transcendent deity is akin to sunrise that vivifies and enhghtens the mind with spiritual insight.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Gāyatrīmantra (गायत्रीमन्त्र).—The Gāyatrī-mantra is a highly revered mantra of the Vedic tradition. Just like all the Vedic mantras, Gāyatrī-mantra is considered not to have an author and like all other mantras is believed to have been revealed to a Brahmarshi, in this case Brahmarshi Vishvamitra. As the verse can be interpreted to invoke the deva Savitr, it is often called Sāvitrī mantra. Depending on how Savitri is interpreted, this mantra can be seen as connected to Sun Worship, Yoga, Tantra and Mother Goddess. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by oṃ and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, known as the mahāvyāhṛti (“great (mystical) utterance”).

The most interesting aspect of the mantra is that the mantra is considered to be not different from the divine entity that forms the content of the mantra. Thus name of the divine entity contained in the mantra is also called Gayatri. In other words, Gayatri mantra is not just a means of worship but is an object of worship by itself. The word 'Gayatri' is used in reference to the Gayatri mantra as an object of worship apart from being used as a reference to the divine entity described in the mantra. It is in this sense of Gayatri Mantra as an object of worship that the Mantra is personified into a goddess.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Gāyatrīmantra (गायत्रीमन्त्र).—prayers connected with the गायत्री (gāyatrī).

Derivable forms: gāyatrīmantraḥ (गायत्रीमन्त्रः).

Gāyatrīmantra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gāyatrī and mantra (मन्त्र).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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