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 this form of Ganesha is one among the most commonly worshipped in India. The Maha Ganapati is red – complexioned and he is seen accompanied by of of his Devi Shaktis’.  He has three eyes and a crescent moon on his head, like his father Shiva. He has ten hands and he is seen holding His tusk, a pomegranate, blue lily, sugar-cane bow, discus, noose, lotus, paddy sprig, mace and a pot of gems. Pushya nakshatra is related to Maha Ganapati. He is said to bring merit and prosperity to his devotees.

The Maha Ganapati Mantra is:

हस्थींद्रानना िन्दु चूड़ा अरुणा छायाम त्रिनेत्राम रासत,
आसलिश्टं प्रिया सपदमा कराया स्वांगास्टाय सन्थतं,
भींजपुरा गढेकशू कर्मकलासचक्राभजा पसतफला,
ब्रीह्याग्रासवा विषना रत्न कलसां हस्तैर वहन्तं भजे I

Hastheendranana indhu chooda aruna chayaam trinethram rasath,
Aaslishtam priyayaa sapadma karaya swangasthaaya santhatham,
Bheejapoora gadhekshu karmukalasachakrabhja pasothphala,
Breehyagraswa vishana rathna kalasaan hasthair vahantham bhaje.


I sing about The great Ganapathi who is of red colour , who has a face of king of elephants,
Who wears the moon , has three eyes, , embraces always his darling sitting on his lap with his lotus like hands,
Who holds pomegranate , mace, sugarcane, a pot of jewels , discuss, blue lotus flower, rope , broken tusk and pot of jewels.

Vijaya Ganapati:

The 14th form of Lord Ganesha is the Vijaya Ganapati.  Four-armed, of red hue and riding his resourceful mushika, Vijaya Ganapati is “the Victorious” bestower of success. His carries with him, his broken tusk, elephant goad, a noose and a luscious golden mango. He is the ruler of the Ashlesha nakshatra.

The Vijaya Ganapati shloka is:

पाशांकुशस्वदन्ताम्र फलवानाखुवाहनः
विघ्नं निहन्तु नस्सर्वं रक्तवर्णो विनायकः

Pasangusa swadam thamra phalavaan aaghu vahana,
Vighnan nihanthu rakthavarno vinayaka.


Let the blood red coloured Ganesa who holds the rope and goad,
Own tusk and mango and rides on a mouse remove my obstacles.

Nritya Ganapati:

Amongst Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms, the 15th form is Nritya Ganapati. It is a vibrant form of Ganapati and is known to be ‘the happy dancer’. He has four arms and all his fingers are adorned with rings. His hands bear a tusk, goad, noose and modaka. It is believed that worshiping Nritya Ganapati will bring proficiency and success for the devotees in fine arts. He represents the Magha nakshatra and prances under the kalpavriksha tree, epitomizing exuberant activity and joy.

Nritya Ganapati shloka is:

पाशांकुशापूप कुठारदंत- चंचत्करा कॢप्त वरांगुलीयकम्
पीतप्रभं कल्पतरोरधस्थं भजामि नृत्तैकपदं गणेशम्

Pasangusa poopoa kutara dandha , chanchatkara kluptha varanguleeyakam,
Peetha prabham kalpa tharor adhastham bhajami nruthopapadham ganesam.


I sing about the dancing Ganesa , who is of yellow golden color , who sits below wish giving tree,
Who holds the noose, goad, Modhaka, tusk, shining divine rings arranged on his fingers.



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