Hayagriva, is a horse-headed avatar of the Lord Vishnu in Hinduism. In Sanskrit, Hayagrīva means haya=Horse, grīva=Neck. He is worshipped as the God of knowledge and wisdom.
ज्ञानानन्द मयं देवं निर्मल स्फटिकाकृतिं
आधारं सर्वविद्यानं हयग्रीवं उपास्महे
Gnanananda Mayam Devam Nirmala Spatika Kruthim
Aadharam Sarva Vidyanam Hayagrivam Upasmahe
I promise myself before Hayagriva, the God who is the personification of knowledge (Jnana) and Happiness (Ananda), who is very pure, and who is the basis of all learning.This verse is originally from the Pañcarātra Agamas but is now popularly prefixed to the Hayagriva Stotram of the 13th-century poet-philosopher Vedanta Desika. It is very popular among devotees of Hayagrīva.
Chanting this mantra leads one to the divine path of the life. It also Sharpens one’s intellect and makes the person extremely alert.
Best time to chant this mantra is at Brahma Muhurta, Ekadasis,Navami thithis, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Chant this mantra facing east direction. One can use clear quartz crystal rosary beads – Japa mala. Chant this mantra for 9,11,108 or 1008 times.
Origins about the worship of Hayagriva have been researched, some of the early evidences dates back to 2,000 BCE, when Indo-Aryan people worshiped the horse for its speed, strength, intelligence. Hayagriva is one of the prominent deity in Vaishnava tradition. His blessings are sought when beginning study of both sacred and secular subjects. Special worship is conducted on the day of the full moon in August (Śravaṇa-Paurṇamī) (his avatāra-dina) and on Mahanavami, the ninth day of the Navaratri festival. He is also hailed as “Hayasirsa”. Hayaśirṣa means haya=Horse, śirṣa=Head.
Benefit (s) : The gayatri mantra of Lord Hayagriva is a highly beneficial mantra for students to improve their studies. Best to be chanted before sitting for exams. Chanting of the Hayagriva Gayatri mantra leads one to the divine path of life. It also sharpens one’s intellect and makes the person extremely alert.
Those whom are suffering from emotional distress, stress, tensions, depression, et cetera can benefit from praying to Lord Hayagriva by chanting the Hayagriva Gayatri Mantra.
Pregnant ladies can also benefit from chanting this mantra as it is believed that Lord Hayagriva will bless the child with good intellect, strong body, valour, and beauty. It is also said that the baby will be born free from defects and diseases if there are blessings of Lord Hayagriva.
Those who wants to excel in sports and athletes can also chant the gayatri mantra of Lord Hayagriva and gain benefits from it. As Lord Hayagriva will bless the devotees with speed, strength, and intelligence.