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Ganesha-The Elephant God

Lord Ganesha, the divine deity with an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a giant pot-bellied body of a human is considered most pious of all. Ganesha is worshipped by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Even Buddhists and Jains have faith for Ganpati. Lord Ganesha is believed to be son of Shiva and Parvati.

Commonly is also referred by different names as Ganpati, Gajananaa, Viganahartaa, Vinayaka and Ekdanta. Lord Ganesha has always been the devotee’s mnemonics for success and wealth as well largely considered the destroyer of evils and obstacles, the Viganahartaa.  

 All auspicious works in Hinduism begin with the prayer of Shri Ganesha. Devotees believe that this patron deity’s blessings will help in successful completion of that particular work whether it’s wedding or inaugural of new house or start of any business, presence of Ganpati is considered highly favorable.

In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja. Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is worshiped all across the country as well different countries with full dedication and devotion so is the birthday of this elephant God. Every year the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with great fervor all over.

Legend

There is a popular legend behind the existence of elephant headed Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha was assigned duty to guard while his mother used to bath. Once while guarding, unknowingly prevented Shiva to enter and defend his mother's bath. Lord Shiva burst with the anger on this foolish act by Ganesha and beheaded Lord Ganesha.

After knowing all, Parvati strongly persuaded lord Shiva to revive her son back. Being conveyed by his beloved, Shiva promised to have the head of the first creature that happened along and transplant the same for Ganesha.

Finally, the wisest animals of all, an elephant, appeared and became the involuntary donor for Ganesha and this was the first successful head transplant in history. This concluded into the elephant headed and human bodied deity, Lord Ganesha.

Divine Symbolism of Lord Ganesha

Significance of the Ganesha’s whole being:

Ganesha's head          symbolizes the Atman or the soul.
Human body              signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings.
Large Forehead          denotes great intelligence.
Long Trunk                represents high efficiency and adaptability.
Large Ears                  imply listening devotees.
One Tusk                    retains good and throws away bad.
Large Stomach             represents his great capacity to digest all good and bad in life.
Short Legs                   symbolize tolerance power.
Small Eyes                   imply having high concentration power.
Mouse as vehicle          represents a deity of control over desires.
Snake around waist       represents energy in all forms.
 Four Arms                  which hold following:
                                        “Ankush”                     symbol for control over the mind
                                         “Ladu”                       for happiness
                                         “Pash”                        axe to cut off all bonds of    attachments
                                        “Ashirvad Mudra”    blessings for the well being of humanity

Ganesha Mool Mantra

Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha

Ganesha Mantra

Vakratunda mahaakaaya suryakoti samaprabhaa |
Nirvighnam kurumedeva sarvakaaryeshu sarvadaa ||

Salutations to the supreme Lord Ganesha, whose curved trunk (vakra-tunda) and massive body (maha-kaayaa) shines like a million suns (surya-koti) and showers his blessings on everyone (sama-prabhaa). Oh my lord of lords Ganesha (kurume-deva), kindly remove all obstacles (nir-vighnam), always (sarva-) and forever (sarvadaa-) from all my activities and endeavors (sarva-kaaryeshu).

Ganesha Aarti
 
Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh deva
Mata jaki Parvati, Pita Mahadeva.
Ek dant dayavant, char bhuja dhari
Mathe sindur sohai, muse ki savari, Jai
Ganesh...
Andhan ko ankh det, kodhin ko kaya
Banjhan ko putra det, nirdhan ko maya, Jai
Ganesh....
Pan chadhe, phul chadhe, aur chadhe meva
Ladduan ka bhog lage, saht kare seva, ,Jai
Ganesh....
Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh deva,
Mata jaki Parvata, Pita Mahadeva

108 Names of Lord Ganesha

Name                                             Meaning

1. Akhurath                                  One who has Mouse as His Charioteer

2. Alampata                                  Ever Eternal Lord

3. Amit                                        Incomparable Lord

4. Anantachidrupamayam              Infinite and Consciousness Personified

5. Avaneesh                                 Lord of the whole World

6. Avighna                                   Remover of Obstacles

7. Balaganapati                             Beloved and Lovable Child

8. Bhalchandra                             Moon-Crested Lord

9. Bheema                                    Huge and Gigantic

10. Bhupati                                   Lord of the Gods

11. Bhuvanpati                             God of the Gods

12. Buddhinath                             God of Wisdom

13. Buddhipriya                            Knowledge Bestower

14. Buddhividhata                        God of Knowledge

15. Chaturbhuj                            One who has Four Arms

16. Devadeva                              Lord of All Lords

17. Devantakanashakarin              Destroyer of Evils and Asuras

18. Devavrata                             One who accepts all Penances

19. Devendrashika                       Protector of All Gods

20. Dharmik                               One who gives Charity

21. Dhoomravarna                      Smoke-Hued Lord

22. Durja                                   Invincible Lord

23. Dvaimatura                          One who has two Mothers

24. Ekaakshara                          He of the Single Syllable

25. Ekadanta                             Single-Tusked Lord

26. Ekadrishta                           Single-Tusked Lord

27. Eshanputra                           Lord Shiva's Son

28. Gadadhara                           One who has The Mace as His Weapon

29. Gajakarna                            One who has Eyes like an Elephant

30. Gajanana                              Elephant-Faced Lord

31. Gajananeti                            Elephant-Faced Lord

32. Gajavakra                            Trunk of The Elephant

33. Gajavaktra                           One who has Mouth like an Elephant

34. Ganadhakshya                     Lord of All Ganas

35. Ganadhyakshina                   Leader of All The Celestial Bodies

36. Ganapati                              Lord of All Ganas

37. Gaurisuta                             The Son of Gauri (Parvati)

38. Gunina                                 One who is The Master of All Virtues

39. Haridra                                 One who is Golden Colored

40. Heramba                               Mother's Beloved Son

41. Kapila                                   Yellowish-Brown Colored

42. Kaveesha                              Master of Poets

43. Kriti                                      Lord of Music

44. Kripalu                                  Merciful Lord

45. Krishapingaksha                     Yellowish-Brown Eyed

46. Kshamakaram                        Place of Forgiveness

47. Kshipra                                  One who is easy to Appease

48. Lambakarna                           Large-Eared Lord

49. Lambodara                            The Huge Bellied Lord

50. Mahabala                               Enormously Strong Lord

51. Mahaganapati                         Omnipotent and Supreme Lord

52. Maheshwaram                        Lord of The Universe

53. Mangalamurti                         All Auspicious Lord

54. Manomay                               Winner of Hearts

55. Mrityuanjaya                           Conqueror of Death

56. Mundakarama                         Abode of Happiness

57. Muktidaya                               Bestower of Eternal Bliss

58. Musikvahana                           One who has Mouse as Charioteer

59. Nadapratithishta                       One who Appreciates and Loves Music

60. Namasthetu                              Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins

61. Nandana                                    Lord Shiva's Son

62. Nideeshwaram                           Giver of Wealth and Treasures

63. Omkara                                     One who has the Form of OM

64. Pitambara                                  One who has Yellow-Colored Body

65. Pramoda                                     Lord of All Abodes

66. Prathameshwara                          First Among All

67. Purush                                        The Omnipotent Personality

68. Rakta                                           One who has Red-Colored Body

69. Rudrapriya                                    Beloved of Lord Shiva

70. Sarvadevatman                              Acceptor of All Celestial offerings

71. Sarvasiddhanta                               Bestower of Skills and Wisdom

72. Sarvatman                                     Protector of The Universe

73. Hambhavi                                      The Son of Parvati

74. Shashivarnam                                 One who has a Moon like Complexion

75. Shoorpakarna                                  Large-Eared Lord

76. Shuban                                           All Auspicious Lord

77. Shubhagunakanan                            One who is The Master of All Virtues

78. Shweta                                            One who is as Pure as the White Color

79. Siddhidhata                                      Bestower of Success and Accomplishments

80. Siddhipriya                                       Bestower of Wishes and Boons

81. Siddhivinayaka                                 Bestower of Success

82. Skandapurvaja                                 Elder Brother of Skanda (Lord Kartikeya)

83. Sumukha                                        Auspicious Face

84. Sureshwaram                                  Lord of All Lords

85. Swaroop                                        Lover of Beauty

86. Tarun                                            Ageless

87. Uddanda                                         Nemesis of Evils and Vices

88. Umaputra                                       The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)

89. Vakratunda                                     Curved Trunk Lord

90. Varaganapati                                   Bestower of Boons

91. Varaprada                                       Granter of Wishes and Boons

92. Varadavinayaka                               Bestower of Success

93. Veeraganapati                                 Heroic Lord

94. Vidyavaridhi                                   God of Wisdom

95. Vighnahara                                     Remover of Obstacles

96. Vignaharta                                      Demolisher of Obstacles

97. Vighnaraja                                      Lord of All Hindrances

98. Vighnarajendra                               Lord of All Obstacles

99. Vighnavinashanaya                         Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments

100. Vigneshwara                                Lord of All Obstacles

101. Vikat                                           Huge and Gigantic

102. Vinayaka                                    Lord of All

103. Vishwamukha                            Master of The Universe

104. Vishwaraja                                 King of the World

105. Yagnakaya                                Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrificial Offerings

106. Yashaskaram                              Bestower of Fame and Fortune

107. Yashvasin                                   Beloved and Ever Popular Lord

108. Yogadhipa                                  The Lord of Meditation

Ganesha Stuti

Ganesha mantras are siddhi mantras . Each mantra contains certain specific powers of Lord Ganesha. When chanted with the proper pranayama (rhythmic breathing) and sincere devotion, they will yield good results.

Om Vigneshvaraye Namaha - May all tasks be completed without any unwarranted delays or obstacles
Om Sumukhaye Namaha – May it be full of beauty and grace, or visual appeal
Om Ekdantaye Namaha – May the task and its purpose be our ‘one point programme,’ till it is accomplished
Om Rajanathaye Namaha – May we become large hearted and attain the powers to view the subtleties involved
Om Rajkaranaye Namaha – Bless us with the powers of self-actualization
Om Lambodaraye Namaha - May we be able to have the power to keep to ourselves and be focussed, till the task is accomplished
Om Dhumraketuvaye Namaha – May we attain fame by having clarity of thought
Om Bhalchandraye Namaha – May we have high thoughts and ideals, maintain our humility, yet hold our heads high with self respect
Om Vikataye Namaha - Bless us with potent energies to eradicate negativity and win over our enemies
Om Vinakaye Namaha – Bless us with the qualities of leadership
Om Gananakshaye Namaha – May we lead the leaders

Shri Ganesh Chalisa

Jai Jai Jai Ganapati Ganaraaju,Mangal Bharana Karana shubha kaajuu l
Jai Gajbadan Sadan Sukhdaata , Vishva Vinaayaka Buddhi Vidhaataa Vakra ll

Tunda Shuchi Shunda Suhaavana,Tilaka Tripunda bhaal Man Bhaavan l
Raajata Mani Muktana ura maala, Swarna Mukuta Shira Nayana Vishaalaa ll

Pustak Paani Kuthaar Trishuulam , Modaka Bhoga Sugandhit Phuulam l
Sundara Piitaambar Tana Saajit, Charana Paadukaa Muni Man Raajit ll

Dhani Shiva Suvan Shadaanana Bhraataa, Gaurii Lalan Vishva-Vikhyaata  l
Riddhi Siddhi Tav Chanvar Sudhaare, Mooshaka Vaahan Sohat Dvaare  ll

Kahaun Janma Shubh Kathaa Tumhari,Ati Shuchi Paavan Mangalkaarii  l
Ek Samay Giriraaj Kumaarii, Putra Hetu Tapa Kiinhaa Bhaarii  ll

Bhayo Yagya Jaba Poorana Anupaa,Taba Pahunchyo Tuma Dhari Dvija Rupaa  l
Atithi Jaani Kay Gaurii Sukhaarii, Bahu Vidhi Sevaa Karii Tumhaarii  ll

Ati Prasanna Hvai Tum Vara Diinhaa, Maatu Putra Hit Jo Tap Kiinhaa  l
Milhii Putra Tuhi, Buddhi Vishaala , Binaa Garbha Dhaarana Yahi Kaalaa  ll

Gananaayaka Guna Gyaan Nidhaanaa, Puujita Pratham Roop Bhagavaanaa  l
Asa Kehi Antardhyaana Roop Hvai, Palanaa Par Baalak Svaroop Hvai  ll

BaniShishuRudanJabahiTum Thaanaa,Lakhi Mukh Sukh Nahin Gauri Samaanaa  l
Sakal Magan Sukha Mangal Gaavahin, Nabha Te Suran Suman Varshaavahin  ll

Shambhu Umaa Bahudaan Lutaavahin,Sura Munijana Suta Dekhan Aavahin
Lakhi Ati Aanand Mangal Saajaa, Dekhan Bhii Aaye Shani Raajaa  ll

Nija Avaguna Gani Shani Man Maahiin, Baalak Dekhan Chaahat Naahiin  l
Girijaa Kachhu Man Bheda Badhaayo, Utsava Mora Na Shani Tuhi Bhaayo  ll

Kahana Lage Shani Man Sakuchaai, Kaa Karihau Shishu Mohi Dikhayii  l
Nahin Vishvaasa Umaa Ura Bhayauu, Shani Son Baalak Dekhan Kahyau  ll

Padatahin Shani Drigakona Prakaashaa, Baalak Sira Udi Gayo Aakaashaa  l
Girajaa Girii Vikala Hvai Dharanii, So Dukha Dashaa Gayo Nahin Varanii  ll

Haahaakaara Machyo Kailaashaa, Shani Kiinhon Lakhi Suta Ko Naashaa  l
Turat Garuda Chadhi Vishnu Sidhaaye, Kaati Chakra So GajaShira Laaye  ll

Baalak Ke Dhada Uupar Dhaarayo, Praana Mantra Padhi Shankar Daarayo  l
Naama'Ganesha'ShambhuTabaKiinhe,Pratham Poojya Buddhi Nidhi Vara Diinhe  ll

Buddhi Pariikshaa Jab Shiva Kiinhaa , Prithvii Kar Pradakshinaa Liinhaa  l
Chale Shadaanana Bharami Bhulaai, Rache Baithii Tum Buddhi Upaai  ll

Charana Maatu-Pitu Ke Dhara Liinhen, Tinake Saat Pradakshina Kiinhen  l
Dhani Ganesha Kahi Shiva Hiye Harashyo,Nabha Te Suran Suman Bahu Barse  ll

Tumharii Mahima Buddhi Badaai, Shesha Sahasa Mukha Sake Na Gaai  l
Main Mati Heen Maliina Dukhaarii, Karahun Kaun Vidhi Vinaya Tumhaarii  ll

Bhajata 'Raamsundara' Prabhudaasaa, Jaga Prayaaga Kakraa Durvaasaa.  l
Ab Prabhu Dayaa Deena Par Keejai, Apnii Bhakti Shakti Kuchha Deejai  ll
ll Dohaa ll
Shrii Ganesha Yeh Chaalisaa, Paatha Karre Dhara Dhyaan l
Nita Nav Mangala Graha Base, Lahe Jagat Sanmaana ll
Sambandh Apna Sahasra Dash, Rishi panchamii dinesha l
Poorana Chaalisaa Bhayo, Mangala Moorti Ganesha ll
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