HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 4.1
4. Gayatri Japa Day -1.
TO BRING to one’s mind repeatedly the inspiring lives of great personalities, the wise men of all the ancient religions had set apart particular days in the year, as specially sacred and auspicious on their account.
On these days, nations and races glorify these lofty personalities, they re-live the spirit of the great events to perpetuate the memory of these great men.
Thus we find that the calendar of the Hindus is marked by birthdays of divine incarnations, saints and sages, the Gita Jayanthi, Guru Purnima, Shivaratri, Vaikunta Ekadashi, and many more auspicious occasions.
The Gayatri Japa Day is one such very holy and glorious day intended to remind all of the greatest and most glorious of all Mantras, the sacred Gayatri Mantra.
The Gayatri is the life and support of every true Hindu.
It is the impregnable spiritual armour, the veritable fortress, that guards and protects its votary.
In fact, that is the very meaning of the word Gayatri—”that which protects one who sings it”.
To be continued ....