Durga Ganapati and Sankathara Ganapati

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Ganesh Chaturthi festival commemorates the creation of Lord Ganapati and he is venerated for ten days with great fervour. After ten day of worship, celebration and invocation, the Ganesha idol is immersed in water as a symbol of farewell. This process of immersion is known as Ganesha Visarjan. The purpose of ‘Visarjan’ is to replenish… Read more »

Urdhva Ganapati, Ekakshara Ganapati and Vara Ganapati

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It’s Day 6 of Ganesh Utsav and it’s time to understand three more more of Ganesha. The Urdhava Ganapati, Ekakshara Ganapati and Vara Ganapati are the 16th, 17th and the 18th form of the 32 forms of Ganesha. Let us understand what they signify and the shlokas to invoke each of these. Urdhava Ganapati: Seated… Read more »

Maha Ganapati, Vijaya Ganapati & Nritya Ganapati

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The festivities and celebration of the Ganesha Utsav have stepped into the 5th blissful day. As we pray in gratitude to the elephant head god, let us understand 3 more forms of Lord Ganesha. Maha Ganapati: Maha Ganapati is the 13th of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. Maha means “the Great one” literally and… Read more »

Kshipra Ganapati, Herambha Ganapati and Lakshmi Ganapati

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As the fourth day of Ganesha Utsav culminate, let us understand three more forms of the 32 forms of Ganesha, namely; Kshipra Ganapati, Herambha Ganapati & Lakshmi Ganapati. Kshipra Ganapati: Kshipra Ganapati is the 10th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms. He is also known as Ganapati who is easy to appease and gives quick reward… Read more »

Siddhi Ganapati, Ucchista Ganapati & Vighna Ganapati

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The Mugdala Purana lists Siddhi Ganesha, Ucchista Ganesha & Vigna Ganesha as the next 3 forms amongst the 32 forms of Ganesha. Here is a brief on these. Siddhi Ganesha: Siddha or Siddhi Ganapati is the 7th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms and signifies “the Accomplished”. Golden-yellow Siddhi Ganapati is the epitome of achievement and… Read more »

Veera Ganapati, Shakti Ganapati and Dvija Ganapati

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As we complete the second day of the eleven day long Ganesh Utsav, let us understand three more forms of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. Veera/Vira Ganapati: Veera Ganapati  is 4th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms. In this form he is depicted as a valiant warrior in a proud and commanding pose. Veera Ganapati… Read more »