Gayatri Mantra on rocks, Sanskrit: Devanagari, Brahmi scripts



Gayatri Rocks: Mantra, with Mahavakyas
12th c. A.D. Mumbai & Kalikata (Calcutta) styles Devanagari Sanskrit
Gold and 18k gold enamel paint.
gayatri rock
slate from original 1865  roof of A.D. White House,
Cornell University
~ 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 Mantra in Brahmi script
~ 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.
gupta script Gayatri

Gayatri Rocks: Mantra in Gupta Script
~ (6
th c. A.D. style) ~

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 Gupta Empire is regarded as the "Golden Age of India."  This period featured extensive inventions and discoveries that impacted the entire world in science, technology,  engineering, poetry, art,  literature, logic, mathematics,  astronomy, and philosophy.

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.