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saharanAmam & gAyathrI mantram Q's

From: Lakshmi Narayan (
Date: Fri May 08 1998 - 13:21:48 PDT

Could someone on th elist clarify the following:

Q1 Are there any arguments in support of the belief that
women cannot recite saharanAmam & gAyathrI mantram ??

Q2. The reasons being...that they contain something called
Beeja aksharAs - what are they?

om namo NamonArAyanAya