Nowhere in Puranams and Shastras that Gayatri not tobe chanted by famales. It can be recited by females but not on theetudays.i have a question for everyone to ponder and give their opinion.
a very learned iyengar had told me recently that females should not recite the Gayatri mantra nor study the Vedas.
i found that rather hard to accept as I always was under the impression that GOD is the only Purusha and the rest of us whether male(XY, XXY,XYY Genetic Pattern) or Female(XX , XO Genetic Pattern) are Prakriti .
i thought that one of the main schools of thought in Sanathana Dharma is to get rid of the False Identification with Ones body along with the feeling of Doership(Ahamkara)and to realize the TRUE SELF(ATMA) hence the Mahavakya Aham Brahmaasmi, Tat Tvam Asi .therefore gender of the physical body would be immaterial.
even the word Gayatri means GAAYANTAM TRAAYATE ITI GAAYATRI(gayatri is that which redeems the chanter)
no gender is in the above line.
i did ask him about women not being allowed to study the vedas.
i told him that Ubhaya Bharati was the judge in the debate of Madana Misra and Adi Shankarcharya and she would definetly been well versed in the Vedas in order to be a judge.
his reply was: they were debating on Vedanta( which is the essence of the Vedas and not the Vedas per se )
he told me that Vedanta is only part of the Vedas and i asked him if he considers Vedanta only a part and not full then how do we apply the Mantra OM Purnam ada Purnam idam.....
that is we take out a portion of the vedas and call it vedanta but it is not Poornam and what remains is not Poornam too?
i cant see the logic in not allowing women to recite gayatri and to learn the vedas.
i am not asking this because i am a female but just that i want clearer explanation because it would be beneficial for women to know religion inside out as to teach the children and guide them.