Gayatri Japam is a very glorious and holy day for Hindus. It is observed just after Shravana Purnima (full moon day in the Hindu month of Shravana) as per the traditional Hindu calendar. This date corresponds to the months of July-August in the Gregorian calendar. On the auspicious day of Gayatri Japam, also known as ‘Gayatri Japa Sankalpam’, the Sama Vedi, Rig and Yajur Brahmins chant the Gayatri mantra with utmost devotion and dedication. In the Southern states of India, this ritual forms a part of the Avani Avittam and Upakarma rituals. During this ritual Brahmins who wear the ‘janeyu’ or the sacred thread, chant the Gayatri mantra 108 times. The Gayatri Japam day is celebrated with full fervour all across India and is popularly called as ‘Gayatri Padyami’ or ‘Gayatri Pratipada’ in the Telangana and Andhra regions.

Gayathri Japam 2017 was on August 08 Tuesday

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Gayathri Japam

Gayathri Japam

Rituals during Gayatri Japam:

  • Brahmins get up before sunrise and take an early bath on the day of Gayatri Japam. They first offer prayers to their deities to get enlightened with knowledge and wisdom.
  • After finishing the initial puja rites, Brahmins chant the Gayatri Mantra for 108 or 1008 times continuously. The mode and sequence of performing this ritual majorly depends on the mutt affiliation. The Gayatri Japam ritual is performed during the morning and within the speculated time.
  • Not only Brahmins but any individual can perform the Gayatri Japam ritual. A Brahmachari (on who follows celibacy), a Grihastha (householder) or even one in ‘Vanaprastha’ (old age) can selflessly chant this mantra with a pure conscience.
  • Gayatri mantra is dedicated to Sun God. It is believed to be highly meritorious to chant Gayatri Mantra three times during the day, in the morning when the sun rises, at noon when Sun reaches its apex and in the evening when the Sun sets. Gayatri Mantra is one that unites the individual with the Supreme Power, the Almighty.

Important Timings On Gayathri Japam

Sunrise08-Aug-2017 06:04 AM
Sunset08-Aug-2017 19:00 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins06-Aug-2017 22:28 PM
Purnima Tithi Ends07-Aug-2017 23:40 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Gayatri Japam:

The supremacy of Gayatri Mantra is mentioned in several Hindu religious scriptures and puranas. The greatness of this mantra has been known since the Vedic times. This mantra is more powerful than any other mantras and forms the foundation for all other mantra in Hinduism. As per the legends, Gayatri is known to be the Supreme Goddess and is also referred as Mother Goddess. It is believed that a person who performs Gayatri Japam sincerely will be bestowed with all spiritual and worldly happiness. The power of Gayatri mantra is such that it frees the individual from all his/her sins, besides offering self purification.

Gayathri Japam festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Monday, 11th of August
2015Sunday, 30th of August
2016Thursday, 18th of August
2017Tuesday, 8th of August
2018Sunday, 26th of August
2019Thursday, 15th of August
2020Tuesday, 4th of August
2021Monday, 23rd of August
2022Friday, 12th of August
2023Thursday, 31st of August
2024Tuesday, 20th of August
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