it is the practice in Tamil Nadu that while chanting gayatri mantra, ladies avoid hearing it. we used to whisper the mantra while doing many rituals.

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but it is seen in north India (where im settled) gayatri mantra is recited by every body including ladies. it is played in every Hindu household morning and evening. my daughter used to recite it while hearing from temple across the road, which causes minor discomfort to me. pl clarify whether our practice regarding gayatri mantra is correct or it can be sung by anyone when they are in pure state (taken bath and not while in periods)