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 is the 10th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms. He is also known as Ganapati who is easy to appease and gives quick reward to the devotees. He is depicted to have a broken tusk and four hands holding a noose, goad and a sprig of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree. In His uplifted trunk he holds a tiny pot of precious jewels which is considered as a symbol of the prosperity that he bestows upon followers. Mrigashirsha Nakshatra is related to Kshipra Ganapati. Worshipping this form of Ganesha is believed to increase wisdom in devotees. He appears to have a red-hue in colour.
The shloka to invoke Kshipra Ganapati is:
दन्त कल्प लतापाश रत्नकुंभां कुशोज्वलम् ।
बंधूक कमनीयाभं ध्यायेत् क्षिप्रगणाधिपम् ॥
Danthakalpa lathaapasa rathna kumbham kusojjwalam,
Bandhooka kamaneeyamam dhyayeth kshipra ganadhipam.
I meditate on the easily pleased Lord of Ganas who holds a blue lotus and shining sprig of paddy Who holds a climbing plant , rope, gem studded pot and as pretty as Bandhooka tree.
The 11th form of Ganesha is the Herambha Ganapati. He is five-faced, white in color, known as the “Protector of the Weak,” and rides a big lion. He extends the gestures of protection and blessing while holding a noose, japa beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, fruit and modaka. Thiruvathira nakshatram or Ardra nakshatra is related to Heramba Ganapati. He is known to impart wisdom to the seekers and strength and confidence to the weak.
The Herambha Ganapati Shloka is:
अभयवरद हस्तः पाशदन्ताक्षमालाः सृणि परशु दधानो मुद्गरं मोदकं च ।
फलमधिगत सिंहः पंचमातंग वक्त्रो गणपति रतिगौरः पातु हेरंबनामा ॥
Abhaya varada hastha pasaa danthakshamala sruni parasudhano mudgaram modhakam cha,
Phalam adhigatha Simha Pancha mathanga vakthro Ganapathi rathi gaura, pathu heramba nama.
Let me be protected by the five elephant headed Ganesa riding on a lion who is very serious, who is called Heramba,
Who shows signs of protection and boons, who holds the rope , his tusk, rosary , sickle , axe, hammer , citron, and Modhaka.
Lakshmi Ganapati is the 12th form of Ganesha. He is depicted to have the Goddess Siddhi (The Goddess of Achievement) and Goddess Budhi (The Goddess of Wisdom) on both thighs. He has 8 hands, gesturing Varada mudra, Abhya Mudra and other hands holds green Parrot, a Pomegranate, a sword, a noose, elephant goad, sprig of Kalpavriksha (Wish fulfilling tree) and water vessel. Both his consorts hold white lotus flowers. Punardham (Punarvasu ) Nakshatra is related to Lakshmi Ganapati . Worshipping this form of Ganesha is believed to give wealth and wisdom.
The Lakshmi Ganapati Mantra is :
बिभ्राणश्शुकबीजपूरकमलं माणिक्यकुंभांकुशौ पाशंकल्पलतां च खड्गविलसद्ज्योतिस्सुधानिर्मलः ।
श्यामेनात्तसरोरुहेणसहितो देवीद्वयेनान्तिकेगौरांगो वरदानहस्तकमलो लक्ष्मीगणेशोऽवतात् ॥
Vibrana suka bhjeeja poora kamalam,manikhya kumbha angusan,
Pasam kalpa lathaancha gadga vilasath jjyothi sudhaa nirjjara,
Shyamenatha saroruhena sahitho devi dvayenaanthike,
Gourangavara dhannaa hastha kamalo Lakshmi ganeso avathath.
All over is spread the white Lakshmi Ganesa who holds a parrot , pomegranate , lotus flower,
Gem studded pot, goad , noose, the wish giving creeper, sword and shines like a flame fulfilling all wishes.
Sits near a blue lotus filled lake along with his two consorts and shows the boon giving hand.