|Gayatri Rocks: Mantra, with Mahavakyas
12th c. A.D. Mumbai & Kalikata (Calcutta) styles Devanagari Sanskrit
Gold and 18k gold enamel paint.
slate from original 1865 roof of A.D. White House,
|~ Gayatri Rocks: Mantra in Brahmi
Script (4th B.C.E. style) ~
Brahmi is the first written form of Sanskrit,
created by the Jain teacher Tirthankara Rishabhanatha.
No examples of the Rig Veda in Brahmi have survived, but Sanskrit scholar
Vinodh Rajan re-created the Gayatri Mantra for me in Brahmi script in 2020.
~ Gayatri Rocks: Mantra in modern Tamil Script ~
Tamil is the birth language of Sri Ramana Maharishi.
Ramana was born in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Arunachala, Ramana's eventual home, is also located in Tamil Nadu.
The rock is a slate piece from the original 1865 roof of the Andrew Dickson White House on the Cornell campus.
A.D. White was Cornell University's first president.
Gayatri Rocks: Mantra in Gupta Script
Although no examples of the Rig Veda in Gupta have survived, Sanskrit scholar Daniel Balogh re-created the Gayatri Mantra for me in Gupta
script in 2021, based upon the style of the 533 A.D. Mandsaur
stone inscription. I then studied the 515 A.D. Risthal stone and the
Mandsaur stone with the Sanskrit-English transliterations to
finalize my letter styling choices.
The Tibetan written language, created by Thonmi Sambhota, who was sent to India in the mid 7thc. A.D. by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, specifically for this purpose, is based upon the Gupta script.