Goddess Gayatri devi is the alankaram (Goddess) to worship on the third day of Durga Navaratri 2010. In Kanakadurga temple of Vijayawada, Durga is decorated in Gayathri devi alankaram and offered special pujas. In 2010, Gayathri devi puja (Maha Thadiya) date during Dasara Navaratri is October 10th, Sunday.
Goddess Gayatri mata is one of the manifestations of Goddess Saraswati Devi, consort of Lord Brahma. She represents the energy, wisdom and virtue. Saraswati Devi is the Supreme Goddess of learning and knowledge. In the incarnation of Gayatri mata, Saraswati devi presented the Chaturvedas (four Vedas) to the mankind.
Gayatri mata has ten hands hence also called as Dashabhuji. She carries Shankh (conch), chakra (discus), kamala (lotus), goad, noose and Rudrakshmala. Remaining two hands of the Goddess are depicted in abhaya and varada mudras.
Image source:Official website of Kanakadurga temple of Vijayawada – kanakadurgatemple.org