Posted by: vallisworld | November 1, 2008

Lord Ganesha Shlokams

Lord Ganesha

Ganesha 

 

Ganah in Sanskrit means ‘multitude’ and Isa means ‘Lord’. Ganesha therefore literally means the ‘Lord of all beings.’

Ganesha is the God of success and overcoming obstacles, but is also associated with wisdom, learning, prudence, and power. As the god of success, his names are chanted at the start of any important venture. As the remover of obstacles, he is invoked at the start of every journey, marriage, religious rite, house construction, the writing of a book or even a letter.

Every element of the body of Ganesha has its own value and its own significance:

The elephant head indicates fidelity, intelligence and discriminative power;

The fact that he has a single tusk (the other being broken off) indicates Ganesha’s ability to overcome all forms of dualism;

The wide ears denote wisdom, ability to listen to people who seek help and to reflect on spiritual truths. They signify the importance of listening in order to assimilate ideas. Ears are used to gain knowledge. The large ears indicate that when God is known, all knowledge is known;

the curved trunk indicates the intellectual potentialities which manifest themselves in the faculty of discrimination between real and unreal;

on the forehead, the Trishula (weapon of Shiva, similar to Trident) is depicted, symbolising time (past, present and future) and Ganesha’s mastery over it;

Ganesha’s pot belly contains infinite universes. It signifies the bounty of nature and equanimity, the ability of Ganesha to swallow the sorrows of the Universe and protect the world;

The position of his legs (one resting on the ground and one raised) indicate the importance of living and participating in the material world as well as in the spiritual world, the ability to live in the world without being of the world.

The four arms of Ganesha represent the four inner attributes of the subtle body, that is: mind (Manas), intellect (Buddhi), ego (Ahamkara), and conditioned conscience (Chitta). Lord Ganesha represents the pure consciousness – the Atman – which enables these four attributes to function in us;

The hand waving an axe, is a symbol of the retrenchment of all desires, bearers of pain and suffering. With this axe Ganesha can both strike and repel obstacles. The axe is also to prod man to the path of righteousness and truth;

The second hand holds a whip, symbol of the force that ties the devout person to the eternal beatitude of God. The whip conveys that worldly attachments and desires should be rid of;

The third hand, turned towards the devotee, is in a pose of blessing, refuge and protection (abhaya);

the fourth hand holds a lotus flower (padma), and it symbolizes the highest goal of human evolution, the sweetness of the realised inner self.

32 Forms of Ganesh in Scriptures

1: Baala Ganapati – Red colored image of a four armed Ganesha.
2: Dharuna Vinayak: Red colored image of an eight armed Ganesha.
3: Bhakti Vinayak: Grey colored image of four armed Ganesha.
4: Veera Vinayak: Red colored image of 16 armed Ganapati.
5: Shakti Ganapati: Red colored image of 4 armed Ganapati, seated with his consort to his left.
6: Dwija Vinayak: White colored image of four faced Ganesha with 4 arms.
7: Siddhi Vinayak: Golden colored image of four armed Ganapati.
8: Ucchishta Ganapati: Blue colored image of six armed Ganapati with his consort.
9: Vigna Vinayak: Gold colored image of eight armed Ganapati.
10: Kshipra Ganapati: Red colored image of four armed Ganesha bearing a ratna kumbham.
11: Heramba Vinayak: Black colored image of ten armed Ganesha with five faces, seated on a lion.
12: Lakshmi Vinayak: White colored image of eight armed Ganesha with two consorts.
13: Makara Vinayak: Red colored image of Ganesha with a third eye, 10 arms, bearing a ratna kumbham, with his consort.
14: Vijaya Vinayak: Red colored image of 4 armed Ganesha on the mooshika mount.
15: Nritta Vinayak: Gold colored image of Ganesha in a dance posture.
16: Urdhva Vinayak: Gold colored image of six armed Ganesha with his consort.
17: Ekakshara Vinayak: Red colored image of Ganesha with a third eye, seated on a lotus.
18: Vara Vinayak: Red colored image of 4 armed Vinayaka with a third eye.
19: Dhryakshara Vinayaka: Gold colored image of four armed Vinayak, decorated with Chaamara ear rings.
20: Kshipraprasaada Vinayak: Red colored image of six armed Ganapati.
21: Haridra Vinayak: Yellow colored image of four armed Ganapati.
22: Ekadhanta Vinayak: Blue colored image of four armed Ganapati.
23: Srishti Vinayak: Red colored image of four armed Ganapati seated on his mooshika mount.
24: Utthanda Vinayak: Red colored image of 10 armed Ganesha with his consort to his left.
25: Ranamochana Vinayaka: Crystal image of four armed Vinayak.
26: Dundi Vinayak: Four armed image of Ganesha bearing a tusk, a garland, an axe and a gem studded vessel.
27: Dwimukha Vinayak: Red colored image of Ganesha with two faces and four arms.
28: Trimukha Vinayak: Red colored image of Ganesha with three faces and six arms seated on a golden lotus.
29: Simha Vinayak: White colored image of Ganesha with eight arms (with an arm bearing a lions face).
30: Yoga Vinayak: Red colored image of Ganesha in the posture of a yogi.
31: Durga Vinayak: Red colored image of Ganesha with eight arms.
32: Sankatahara Vinayak: Red colored image of four armed Ganesha clothed in blue, seated on a lotus peetham with his consort to his left.

Below is the pictures in which Lord Ganesha is worshipped in 32 different forms.

Bala Ganapathi 

Taruna Ganapati 

Bhakti Ganapati 

Vira Ganapathi 

Shakti Ganapati 

Dvija Ganapati 

Siddhi Ganapathi
Ucchhishta Ganapati 

Vighna Ganapathi 

Kshipra Ganapati 

Heramba Ganapathi 

Lakshmi Ganapati 

Maha Ganapathi

Vijaya Ganapati

Nritya Ganapati 

Urdhva Ganapati 


Ekakshara Ganapathi

Varada Ganapathi 

Tryakshara Ganapati 

Kshipra Prasada Ganapathi 

Haridra Ganapati 

Ekadanta Ganapati 

Srishti Ganapathi 

Uddanda Ganapati 

Rinamochana Ganapathi
Dhundhi Ganapati 


Dvimukha Ganapati


Trimukha Ganapati


Sinha Ganapati


Yoga Ganapati 


Durga Ganapati

Sankatahara Ganapati

Om Sri Maha Ganapataye Namah

The mantra of Lord Ganesha. A remover of obstacles and bestower of success.

Ganesha

Gajananam Bhuta Ganathi Sevitam
Kapittha Jambu Palasara Bhaksitam
Uma Sutam Shoka Vinasha Karanam
Namami Vignesvara Pada Pankajam

He who has the face of an elephant, one who is worshipped by the Bhootha ganam, He who eats the essence of kapitha and Jumbu fruits, He who is the son of Uma Devi and He who allieviates the ill feelings in us. O! Lord Vigneshwara who is an embodiment of all the above, we offer our Namaskarams at your Divine feet.

Shuklambara Dharam Vishnum
Shashivarnam Chatur Bhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyayet
Sarva Vignopa Santaye

Sanskrit to English Word Meaning
Suklambaradaram-one who wears a white garmetn; visnum; all pervading; sasivarnam; who ahs a brilliant complexion; chaturbhujam-who had four hands; prasannavadanam- who has an ever smiling face; dhyayet- I meditate upon; sarvavighnopashantaye- for the removal of all obstacles

Translation
Lord Vigneshwara, who wears a white garment, who is all pervading, who has a bright complexion (like a full moon), who has four hands (representing all power), who has an ever-smiling face, upon that deity I meditate, for the removal of all obstacles.

Brief Explanation
Lord Ganesha is the older son of Lord Shiva son Goddess Parvati. He is invoked before any undertaking for the removal of obstacles. He is also worshipped for knowledge and wisdom that he bestows upon devotees.

Sri Vakratunda Mahakaaya
Koti-soorya samaprabha
Nirvighnam kuru me Deva
Sarva-karyeshu Sarvadaa

O, Lord Ganesha of the curved trunk and massive body, the one whose splendor is equal to millions of Suns, please bless me to that I do not face any obstacles in my endeavors.

Mooshika vahana modaka hasta
Chamara karna vilambita sootra
Vamana roopa Maheswara putra
Vigna-vinayaka paada namaste

He who has the mouse as his vahana(vehicle),
He who always keeps Modhakam (a traditional type of sweet)
He who has ears that resemble a hand held fan,
He who wears a chain-like ornament around his waist,
He who is short in stature,
He who is the son of Parameshwar,
O Lord Vinayaka who is all the above and he who always removes our obstacles,
We worship your Divine Feet.

Gajavaktram Sura-shreshtam
Karna-chaamara-bhooshitam
Paashaankusha-dharam Devam
Vandeham Gana-naayakam

I bow before that God, who is the leader of Shiva’s ghosts, whose face resembles that of an elephant. Who is supreme among the deities, Who sports ears that look like fans and Who is armed with noose and goad.

Ekadantam Mahakayam
Lambodara Gajananam
Vigna Nashakarma Devam
He Rambam Prana Mamyaham

I bow to that God, Who has one tusk, one Who has a large body, one Who has a big stomach, one Who has the face of an elephant; He who destroys all obstacles and Who is also called Herambh (beloved of the Mother).

 

Ganesha Sthavaka

 

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Responses

  1. nice to see ur blog on ganesha,

    nandita

  2. Thanks for writing in such detail (with pics) on Ganapati

    Do you have any picture (in color) of Ganapati (Red colored) form exactly as described in the Ganapati AtharvaShirsha??!!

    If you do please do let me know.
    Thanks.

  3. very good collection

    Ganesha’s Photoes very nice


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