BHA + RA + TA = BHAAVA, RAAGA TAALA (Post No.6340)

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Gayatri mantra – 24 syllables and Governing Devatas (Post No.3456)

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Date: 17 December 2016


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Gayatri mantra – 24 syllables and Governing Devatas


  1. Nagarajan


The Gayatri mantra consists of 24 syllables.


The Tantra Sara of Madhwa  indicates that these 24 letters are called Varnas.


The Tantra Sara sloka describes thus:-


Veda mata tu gayatri dvikunana dvadashaksharan

Chathurvishathi murthiyosya kathitha varnadvatha


These 24 Varnas have corresponding governing forms of God – viz Kesava upto Srikrishna.


Given below is the list of governing devatas of the 24 syllabels.


T             kesava

Tsa          Narayana

Vi            Madhava

Tuh         Govinda

Va          Vishanu

Re           Madhusudna

NI           Trivikrama

Yam        Vamana

Bha          Sridhara

Rgo          Hrisikesa

De            Padmanabha

Va            Damodara

Sya           Sankarsna

Dhi           Vasudeva

Ma            Pradyumna

Hi             Aniruddha

Dhi           Pusushottama

Yo           Adoksaja

Yo           Narasimha

Nah          Aeyuta

Pra           Janardana

Cho          Upendra

Da            Hari

Yat           Srikrishna


So one who recites Gayatri mantra automatically worships all the 24 devatas..


Gayatri Varnamala Stotram  indicates the colour of each varna and the good effects of chanting these letters



G for Ganga….. Gayatri…… Gita…. Govinda…

G for Ganga….. Gayatri…… Gita…. Govinda…

If  you are on the telephone and the person at the other end could not understand your name , you use the phonetic alphabet spelling A for Alpha, B for Bravo, C for Charlie etc; when it comes to G for,  you use G for Golf in NATO phonetic alphabet or G for George in Western Union’s phonetic alphabet. Actually Hindus were the first to use it, but for a different purpose. Around 800 BC, the Vedic seers of Upanishads used it for the first time. There is a beautiful story in the oldest Upanishad — Brihat Aranyaka (Big Forest) Upanishad (5-2). This story was used by T.S. Eliot in his poem ‘The Wasteland’.


D for Damyata (self control),Datta (charity’ Giving ),Dayadhvam (compassion)

When Devas (demi gods), men and demons approached Prajapati for a message, he said ‘Da’. When he asked the Devas whether they understood it, the devas said D for Damyata (self control). That is what they lacked in the heaven enjoying all sorts of luxuries. When he asked men what they understood by the sound ‘Da’,  they told him,  “Yes, We knew  D meant Datta ( donating)’’. Men were selfish and they lacked the spirit of charity. Prajapati said to them they got it right. The demons came last. They said D stands for Dayadhvam. That is what the demons needed. They were cruel and killed everything that came their way. So they got the message of compassion. The same story has a different version. The thunder made the noise ‘’Da, Da, Da’’.


G for Ganga

Ai Shankara, who lived before Christ, (please see my earlier post about his age or read Kanchi Paramacharya’s lecture) in his beautiful hymn Bhaja Govindam, says:

Bhagavadgita kincid adita

Ganga jalalakanika pita

Sacrd api yena murari samarca

Kriyate tasya yamena na carca

For him who has studied GITA even a little, who has drunk a drop of GANGA water and who has performed the worship of Murari (GOVINDA) at least once, there is no tiff with Yama (god of death)— Bhajagovindam, Sloka 20.

A popular Sanskrit Subahsitha (golden saying) runs like this:

Gita Ganga cha Gayatri Govindho hrdhi samsthitha:I

Chathurr gakara samyogad punarjanma na vidyate II


Words starting with the syllable GITA, GANGA, GAYATRI, GOVINDA are so holy that the recitation of these will liberate one form the cycle of birth and death.

Krishna also says in Bhagavad Gita that he is Gayatri among Chandas (Vedic metres).

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says that Ganges water in not to be regarded as water; nor the dust of Brindavan as dust; nor the Maha Prasada of Sri Jagannatha Deva as rice. These three are objective manifestations of the Supreme Being.

About Gita, he says, “Utter the word GITA in quick succession, a number of times Gi Ta Gi Ta Gi Ta gi…. It is then virtually pronounced as Tagi, Tagi (Thyagi), which means one who has renounced the world for the sake of God. Thus in one word the Gita teaches, “Renounce Ye world bound men! Renounce everything, and fix the mind on the Lord”.


Adi Shankara’s Bhaja Govinda sloka (couplet) and the popular Sanskrit couplet clearly said G ( Gakaram)  stands for what. Upanishad ‘s ‘ Da,Da,Da’  did the same with ‘D’ letter 2800 years ago!

(Please read my earlier posts ‘One minute Bhagavad Gita’ and ‘Gangajal Medicine’).