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How and When to Chant Gayatri Mantra?

Among the Vedic mantras, the most important mantra is Gayatri Mantra. Here is a brief explanation on how and when to chant Gayatri mantra.

भूर्भुवस्वतत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो प्रचोदयात्
Om bhoor bhuvah svah. Tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya deemahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat

How to Chant Gayatri Mantra?

One needs to wake up early in the morning and do the purification of the body by taking bath.

Equally important along with body wash is to remove all forms of negativities from the mind like hatred, anger, jealousy etc.

If you are not in a position to take bath then you can wash your hands and legs with water and use a wet cloth to clean the body.

You should always wear fresh and clean clothes while chanting the mantra.

The mantra should be chanted while looking at the sun.

You should sit in a comfortable position. Those who are unable to sit on the ground can sit on a chair etc.
Those sitting on the ground should sit on a blanket, yoga mat, or bed sheet or a mat made from Durva or Kusha or any other natural material.

Tulsi mala should be used to count the number of times the mantra is chanted.

The mantra should be chanted when Sun is present. The ideal time is morning during sunrise, noon or during sunset.

The number of times to chant the mantra should be decided by the devotee. 108 times in a day is considered ideal.

If the chanting of the mantra is broken due to an unforeseen incident; you can start the chanting from the count you stopped.

When to Chant Gayatri Mantra?

Gayatri Mantra can be chanted in the morning, noon and during sunset. Best time is to chant by looking at the rising sun.
The mantra should not be chanted at night.

The mantra should be chanted in the mind or in a low voice. The mantra should not be chanted loudly.