Certain ancient healing remedies advocated in Ayurveda have the communion of beauty and relaxation from deep within the body, and on the face and skin levels. One such technique is the Shirodhara.


Shirodhara is the process of running a fine stream of warm sesame oil on the “third eye” area of the forehead (eyebrow center) for a period of approximately half an hour. Classically, it was used for the relief of pain and stress.


Stimulation of the “ Third eye” area affects deep centers in the brain that release brain chemicals; one of which is serotonin, a chemical that gives us the feeling of pleasure and relaxation. It also sets free the subtle energy channels situated along the spine that calm and clear the mind. This procedure cannot be done on your own. It requires at least one other person to carry out the procedure for the person undergoing the process. The oils used can vary from person to person, based on one’s prakruti. The benefits are best when matched with one’s gunas as per an ayurvedic practitioner’s opinion.

Steps involved in Shirodhara:

  1. Give a facial massage. Apply warm oil on the face in deliberate strokes massaging the face
  2. With a rolled towel placed below the neck; lie down towards the edge of the table. Arrange a bowl on the floor to catch the oil.
  1. Position the funnel or stand so that the tip of the funnel will allow the oil to drip on the “third eye” area in the middle of the forehead. Check and ensure that the oil is not too hot for the person receiving it.
  2. Release the valve on the funnel so that a continuous fine stream of oil drips on the third eye” area, then flows over the forehead through the hair along the midline of the head and then falls into the bowl. There are energy centers on the top of the head that correspond to the seven energy wheels or chakras on the midline of the body. Warm oil flows over these areas of the head, calms and balances the energies in the body thus relieving pain and stress.
  3. Refill the funnel with the rest of the oil when the funnel is half empty. If the procedure is to be done for a longer period, ensure that the oil is warmed again. When the funnel is empty, wipe off the excess oil from forehead and ask the person to move slowly. It is useful to suggest that the person remains calm and stress free as long as possible.


  1. Opens and soothes the face and forehead.
  2. Trapped energy is released throughout the body.
  3. Clears the mind and enables clear decision making with ability to assimilate information available.
  4. It is extensively useful in hair and scalp related problems.
  5. A deep relaxation process that is extremely stress-relieving.




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“My son used to drop me to the ‘khet’ in the morning and picked me up at night when he returns from work. I had to be there all day long. The entire process has adversely affected my health. Thanks to Venkatesh ji and his team for constructing a toilet near our house, now I can happily stay at home!” Baburao Balwantrao Pawar, 82 years, Saigaon, Maharashtra


Many like Baburao Pawar now are beaming with joy as their everyday ‘morning ordeal’ has come to an end. Especially the women folk has tremendous relief as a result of the toilet construction. Their health has improved and there are no longer fights in the family with regard to the issue of ‘open defecation’. They have gained their freedom and respect back.



All this has been possible because of the relentless efforts of Venkatesh ji and his team. They have constructed over 6700 toilets in Pune, Latur and Amravati regions. Their holistic-participatory approach is instrumental in bringing in systemic and behavioral changes, where the villagers imbibe the knowledge about their body, mind, surroundings and actively take commitment to bring about transformation.

When there is determination and the willingness to serve, nothing seems impossible! Nita Gaikwad, Rohkal Sarpanch said, “Without the support of The Art of Living Volunteers, it would have taken decades for the villagers to construct the toilets”.

As per the Toilet construction scheme under the Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan, the villager has to construct the toilet with his own money which is thereafter certified and evaluated by the engineer from the government for its quality as per the guidelines laid, successful marking leads to a grant of Rs.12000/- to the villager/beneficiary.

The understanding with the villagers is that once the toilets are approved by the government engineers, the villagers return the Rs 12,000 they get for each toilet to the team of yuvacharya.

The Art of Living  faculty Venkatesh Manglaram, Somnath Abba, Akhilesh Mundra, Anirudh Mundra and yuvacharyas teamed through their own initiative, mortgaged their jewelry and invested this money in toilet construction for the villagers. Once the toilets are approved by the government engineers the grant aid of Rs.12000/- will be used to repay the mortgage.

Right from purchasing the material to overseeing the laborers to complete monitoring of the construction work, our team is absolutely vigilant at every step. Another villager, Mr. Sharad Shinde said that, “I used to face lot of difficulties in rainy season as my children and women in the house used to go out for defecation. This project has not only comforted them but also inspired me to take up new such projects irrespective of government aid and make the lives around more comfortable and convenient to live.”



Government and Art Of Living Foundation’s collective support are bringing miracles in villagers life to live Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji’s vision of “Stress free mind, disease free body and inhibition free intellect”.


Life transforming Navachetana Shivir’s and Balchetana shivir’s along with satsangs are being conducted in village, sensitizing them about health and sanitation conditions and good practices.

The hallmark of the project is that it has been able to bring in the much needed ‘attitudinal change’ which is further creating demand by the villagers along with empowering them to take initiative on their own rather than just meeting the target of toilet construction in numbers. The team is highly inspired by the joy they see in the villagers and the immense transformation it has brought in their lives and they are continuing tirelessly with their work until they make Maharashtra absolutely Open Defecation Free!



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Millets have immense health benefits , like high fibre content, high protein content, help in lowering BP, reducing risk o heart attacks, reducing severity of asthama, reducing frequency of migraines, hydrating colon. Millets are gluten free & provide nutrients like Magnesium, Calcium, Manganese, Tryptophan, Phosphorous, Fiber, B Vitamins, Anti Oxidants. One of the ost common varieties of Millets is Proso. In Hindi, its known as Barri, Panivaragu in Tamil, Varigulu in Telgu & Baragu in Kannada.




We present to you a recipe of Proso Millet.

Proso millet 1/4 cup
Yellow split green gram dal 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Black pepper corns 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1{4 tsp
Rock salt as per taste
Curry leaves 2 sprigs
Cashew nuts handful
Pure desi cow ghee 1/4 cup

Method of preparation
Rinse and soak proso millet for 2 hours
Dry roast yellow dal for 2 minutes
Add 3 cups of hot water and a pinch of turmeric and a tsp of ghee to a pressure cooker.
Add drained millet and roasted dal.
Add salt and pressure cook till soft.
Hear rest of the ghee in a pan. Fry cashews till golden. Take it out.
To the same ghee add cumin pepper corns curry leaves and asafetida and fry.
Add thus to pongal and stir well.
Garnish with fried cashews.

Enjoy a super healthy tasty special Pongal.



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 our spiritual reserves and to remind us that material wealth is transitory and is of no use to the soul.  The process teaches us detachment and to realise that our own body, which we cherish and pamper will one day be reduced to base elements.

The 11 days of Bliss and celebration have come to a near end and so has this series of unfolding the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. Decoding the final two forms of Ganesha here.

Durga Ganapati



Durga Ganapti is the 31st form of Lord Ganesha. He is the ruler of the Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra. He represent the Devi Shakti as in his name and is known to be the ‘invincible’ one, seeing waving a flag of victory over darkness. He has a Golden hue and is depicted with 8 arms holding a bow and arrow, goad and noose, prayer beads, a rose apple and his broken tusk.

The mantra to invoke Durga Ganapati is:

थपता कंचना संकासचात अष्ता हस्तो महत तनु,

दीप्तन्गुसम सारांचा अक्षम दंतम दक्षे वहाँ कराई,

वामे पसम करमुकाम चालतम जम्बूदायतत कराई,

रक्तामसूका सदा भूयत दुर्गा गणपतिर मुधे.


Thaptha kanchana sankaaschath ashta hastho mahath thanu,
Deepthangusam sarancha aksham dantham dakshe vahan karai,
Vaame pasam karmukam chalatham jambudayathath karai,
Rakthamsuka sadaa bhooyath Durga ganapathir mudhe.


Let me be kept always happy by Durga Ganapathi who wears red cloths,
Who is of the colour of molten gold with a huge body having eight hands,
Who holds an arrow, shining goad, rosary and his tusk on his right hands,
And who holds a noose, a bow, a wish giving creeper and rose apple.


Sanakathara Ganapati



The ruler of the Revati Nakshatra, the Sankathara Ganapti is the 32nd form of Ganesha. He is the dispeller of all worldly sorrows. He is seated on a lotus and has four arms holding a bowl of pudding, a goad and a noose while gesturing the boon-granting Varada mudra. He is effulgent like the rising red sun. His consort – Devi Shakti is seen carrying a beautiful lotus, glowing and bejeweled – sitting on his left lap.

The Sankatahara Ganapati Mantra is:

बालरकारुणा कांतिर वामे बालाँ वाहा ननखे,

लसाड ईंधीवरा हस्तां गौरंगीं रत्ना शोभड्याम,

दक्षे अनगुसा वरधानम वामे पसांचा पायसम पत्रँ,

नीलाम शुका सामना पीड़ेपाध्यरुणे तिशटन,

संकटहराना पायत संकतापूगढ गजाननो नित्यम.


Balarkaaruna kanthir vaame Baalaam vaha nankhe,
Lasad indhivara hastham gourangim rathna shobhadyaam,
Dakshe angusa varadhanam vame pasancha Payasam pathram,
Neelaam Shuka samana peedepadhyarune thishtan,
Sankataharana paayath sankatapoogadh gajanano nithyam.


Let my everyday sorrows be destroyed by Sankata Hara Ganapathi,
Who shines red like the infant Sun, who has on his left lap his wife,
Carrying a pretty lotus and shining with radiance and wearing jewels,
Who carries on his right hand a goad and sign of blessing,
And in his left hand a rope, pot of Payasam and is seated,
On a red lotus flower wearing blue cloths .


Lord Ganesha is one of the most worshiped deities by Hindus and they believe that he has taken 32 forms to save the devotees from the different issues that may arise in every stages of life. You can find Ganesha in almost all Hindu temples around the world and he is bestowing his devotees with blessings.

With the last couple of days remaining till we finally see off our Ganesha, let us understand the 28th, 29th and the 30th form Lord Ganesha. These forms are the Trimukha Ganapati, the Sinha Ganapati and the Yoga Ganapati.

Trimukha Ganapati




‘Trimukha’ means three-faced. Trimukha Ganapati is the tree-faced form of the Lord, red in colour, seen sitting on the golden lotus. He has 6 arms and is found holding prayer beads, clasp a goad, noose and a pot of nectar. His right hand is in Abhaya mudra and left hand is in Varada mudra. He represents the Dhanishta Nakshatra.

The Trimukha Ganapati Shloka is :  

सृमत तीश्ना सिरवनगुसा अक्शा वरधान दक्षेदधना कराई.

पांचामृता पूर्णा कुम्भं अभायं वामे दाधानोमुधा,

पीटा स्वर्णामयरविनधहा विलासत सत्कर्णिका भासुरे,

आआसीन स्ट्रमुखा पालासा रुचिरो नागानाना पतुना.


Srimath theeshna siravangusa aksha varadhan dakshedadhana karai.
Panchamrutha poorna kumbham abhayam vaame dadhanomudhaa,
Peeta swarnamayaravindha vilasath sathkarnikaa bhasure,
AAseena strimukha palaasa ruchiro nagaanaana pathunaa.




Let me be protected by three faced Ganesa with elephant face shining like the flame of the forest,
Who holds on his right hand, a very sharp shining hook , a rosary and the signing of blessing,
Who holds in a right hand a full pot of nectar and sign of protection,
And who sits on a golden throne with lotus inlaid wearing a shining ear ring.


Sinha Ganapati



The 29th form of Ganesha is the Sinha Ganapati or the Simha Ganapati. He is associated with the Shatabhisha Nakshatra. He is white in color, rides a lion and displays another lion in one hand. He has 8 hands. He holds a kalpavriksha sprig, the Veena, a lotus blossom, flower bouquet and a pot of jewels in his hands. This form symbolizes great courage and strength.


The Mantra to invoke Sinha Ganapati is:


वीनाम कल्पा लताम अरंचा वारडम दक्षे विदते कराई,

वामे तमरसंचा रत्ना कालसम सन्मन्जरी चभायं,

शुंदा डंडा लसत मृगेन्द्रा वादना सांखेन्दु गिवारा शुभा,

धीव्यत रत्ना निभंसूको गणपति पायडापायत सनहा.


Veenaam kalpa lathaam arincha varadam dakshe vidathe karai,
Vame thamarasamcha rathna kalasam sanmanjari chabhayam,
Shunda danda lasath mrugendra vadana sankhendu giwara shubha,
Dheevyath rathna nibhamsuko Ganapathi payadapayath sanaha.




Let me protected from all dangers, by the Ganapathi who shines like gems,
Who holds on his right hand veena, wish giving creeper and protection to even enemies,
Who holds on his left hand a pot of gems , a bouquet of flowers and sign of protection,
Who shines like a white conch and a moon and is lion faced along with elephant trunk.

Yoga Ganapati




Yoga Ganapati is the 30th form of Lord Ganesha.  He is seen sitting in a meditative posture absorbed in ‘Mantra Japa’. He holds a yoga staff, sugar cane stalk, a noose and prayer beads in his hands. His color is like the morning sun. Blue garments adorn His form. He is the ruler of the Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra.


The Yoga Ganapati mantra is:


योगरूदो योगा पट्टाभी रामो बालर्कभासचेंसरा नीलमसु कड़ाया,

पासीस्वाक्शाँ योगा दंडम दाधानोपाया नित्यम योगा विज्ञेस्वारोना.


Yogaroodo yoga pattabhi ramo balarkabhaschensra neelamsu kadaya,
Paseeswakshaan yoga dandam dadhanopaya nithyam yoga vigneswarona.




My salutations to Yoga Ganesa , who sits on a yogic pose, crowned as master of yoga,
Who shines like sun , wears blue cloths and holds rope , rosary and Yoga staff.

Others, Wisdom.

Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshipers first acknowledge when they visit a temple. He is the Lord of new beginnings and the granter of boons. The 11 day long Ganesh utsav is a reminder that Ganesh affirms life by celebrating in it’s pleasures and beauty.

Let us decode the 25th, 26th and the 27th form of Ganesha today.

Rinamochana Ganapati



Rinamochana Ganapati is the 25th form of Ganesha and is known to liberate humanity from the locks of guilt and bondage. He has four arms and holds noose, a goad, his broken tusk and his favourite fruit – the rose apple. He is believed to have alabaster skin and is dressed in red silken robes. He is the ruler of the Purva Ashadha Nakshatra.

The mantra to revere Rinomochana Ganapati is:

पसांगसोउ दांता जम्बू दधाना स्पटिका प्रभा,

रक्ताम्सको गणपतिर मूढस्यध रूना मोचकi.


Pasangusou dantha jambu dadhana spatika prabha,
Rakthamsuko Ganapathir mudhesyadh runa mochaka.




Let the Ganapathi of crystal colour dressed in red holding rope, goad and rose apple.
Happily remove all my bondage and loans.

Dhundi Ganapati:




Dhundi Ganapati is the most sought after Ganesha as he helps his devotees to attain moksha through spiritual studies. He is the 26th form of Ganapati and the ruler of the Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra. He has four arms. His hands hold the single tusk, the rosary of ‘rudraksha beeds’, the axe and the pot of jewels believed to represent the treasure of spiritual awakening.

The shloka associated with Dhundi Ganapati is:


अक्षमालाम कुटाराम रत्ना पथराम स्वादनथकं,

देते करैर विघ्न रजो दंडी नामा मुढ़ेसतून.


Akshmaalaam kutaaram cha rathna pathram swadanthakam,
Dathe karair vighna rajo dundi nama mudhesthuna.



The dispeller of obstacles, who is called Dundi,
Holding a rosary, sword, pot of gems and his own tusk is joyfully sought after.


Dvimukha Ganapati:



The 27th form of Ganesha is the Dvimukha Ganapati and he is the ruler of the Shravana nakshatra. Dvimukha – meaning ‘two faced’ is s unique form of Ganesha having two divergent faces which can sees in all four directions. He has a blue-green hue and is seen dressed in red. Adorned with a bejewelled crown he has four arms and holds a noose, goad, his tusk and a pot of gems in them.


The Dvimukha Ganapati Mantra is:


स्वदंता पसांगूसा रत्ना पथराम, करैर दधानो हरिनीलगरा गथरा,

रक्ताम्सको रत्ना किरीट माली भूत्यै सदा मई द्विमुखो गणेशा.


SWadantha pasangusa rathna pathram , karair dadhano Harineelagra gathra,
Rakthamsuko rathna kireeta mali bhoothyai sadaa may dwimukho Ganesa.




I salute always for my sake the Ganesa who has two faces, who is bluish green and wears red cloth and wearing a garland a red crown, And holds in his hand, His own tusk, rope goad, pot of gems.

Others, Wisdom.

It is day 8 of the Ganesh Utsav and festivities are in full swing around the country. With only 3 more day to go till we bid adieu to Ganesha with pomp and fervour and pray that he comes around sooner again next year, we bring you a synopsis on the 3 more forms of the 32 forms of Ganesha.

Ekadanta Ganapati:




The 22nd form of Ganesha is the Ekadanta Ganesha. Ekadanta – Meaning “the one with a single tusk,” is distinguished by his blue color and a noticeably huge belly. The Ekadanta Ganapati is adorned with an axe for cutting the bonds of ignorance, prayer beads for japa, a laddu sweet and the broken right tusk. This form of Ganesha is worshipped for attaining inner strength and to overcome lust. Meditating on this form helps in attaining peace.

The chant associated with Ekadanta Ganapati is:

लम्बोदरं, श्यामा थानुम गंजाम कुतरमाक्षसराजा मूर्ध्वागभ्याम,

सलादृङ्गं डाँठमाडा कराभ्यां वमथाभ्यां दधाना मीडे.


Lambhodaram , shyama thanum ganesam kutaramakshasraja moordwagabhyam,
Saladrungum danthamadha karabhyaam vametharabhyam cha dadhana meede.




I salute Ganesh, who has a big paunch, who has a black body who holds an axe and a rosary,
Who is upright and has his broken trunk in his left hands.


Srishti Ganapati:




Srishti Ganapati is the 23rd form of Ganesha. He is known as the lord of ‘happy manifestations.’ The Srishti Ganapati represents Lord Brahma is known to be associated with creation of the universe. He is red in colour and is seen riding his friendly mouse. He has four arms bearing broken tusk, mango fruit, elephant goad, and noose. He is the ruler of Jyestha nakshatra and is known to bless his devotees with the power of discrimination of the right and the wrong, the truth and the otherwise.


The Srishti Ganapati mantra is:


पसांगूसा स्वदंता ाम्रा पहलवान आघू वाहन,

विघ्नं निहंतु नासना सृष्टि दक्षो विनायका.


Pasangusa swadantha aamra phalavan aaghu vahana,
Vighnan nihanthu nassona srushti daksho vinayaka.




Let the blood red coloured Ganesha who holds the rope and goad,
Own tusk and mango and rides on a mouse and,
Who is engaged in creation of beings with blood, remove my obstacles.


Uddanda Ganapati:




Uddanda Ganapati is the 24th of Ganesha’s 32 forms and he is known as the lord who enforces dharma (Justice).  His appears to be red in colour having a third eye and with his consort Shakti (Devi) seated on his left thigh. His ten arms are well equipped with weapons. His hands bear the blue lily, sugar cane stalk, lotus, mace, noose, paddy, a broken tusk, a pot of jewels, a pomegranate and a garland. He is the Lord of the Moola Nakshatra.

कल्हारांबुज बीजपूरकगदा दंतेक्षुबाणैस्समं बिभ्राणो मणिकुंभचापकलमान् पाशं चक्रान्वितम्
गौरांग्या रुचिरारविंदकरया देव्या सदा संयुतः शोणांगः शुभमातनोतु भगवान् नित्यं गणेशो महान्


Kalharambuja bheeja pooraka gadha danthekshu banaissadaa,
Bhibrano mani khumba Sali kalaso paasam cha chakranvitham,
Gowarangyaa ruchiraa aravindha karayaa devyaa sadaa samyuthaa,
Sonangusa shubha mathanothu bajathaam udhanda vigneswaraa.



I sing about the extraordinary(unchained) Ganesa with a prayer for all that is good, who is red in colour
Who holds blue lily, Pomegranate , mace , broken tusk , sugarcane, arrow, pot of gems , rope , lotus paddy ear , goad and the wheel,
And who is always with his wife holding a white coloured lotus and sitting on his lap.

Others, Wisdom.

Ganesha, one of the most beloved gods is known by 108 different names in our culture. He is considered to be a symbol of good fortune, wisdom, prosperity and wealth.  With only 3 days left of the 11-day festival to end, we bring you the description and symbolism of 3 more forms of Ganesha from his 32 revered forms.


Trayakshara Ganapati:



Tryakshara Ganapathi is the 19th form of Lord Ganesha. This for is symbolically associated with the letter ‘AUM.’  (OM – ). This form of Ganesha is worshipped for attaining concentration and progress in education and career. Tryakasahara Ganapati is the ruler of Chitra nakshatra. He is gold in color and has fly whisks in His big floppy ears. He carries the broken tusk, goad, noose and mango and is often seen grasping a sweet modaka in His trunk.


The Trakshara Ganapati shloka is:


गजेंद्र वदनं साक्षाद चला करना सुचमाराम,

हेमा वर्णम चतुर बहुमन पसांगूसा दरम वरं,

स्वादनतम दक्षिणे हस्ते सव्ये त्वम्रफलाम ठाढ़ा,

पुष्कर मोढ़ाकाम चैवा दरायणथामनुस्मरेठ.


Gajendra vadanam sakshad chala karna suchamaram,
Hema varnam chathur bahumn pasangusa daram varam,
SWadantham dakshine hasthe savye thwamraphalam thadhaa,
Pushkare modhakam chaiva darayanthamanusmareth.




I remember that Ganapathi with elephant face , whose ears are like fans,
Who is golden in colour, who has four hands, who carried a rope and a goad,
Who carries his own tusk in right hand and also a mango fruit,
And also carries a Modhaka by his tusk.


Kshipra Prasada Ganapati:






The ruler of the Swati Nakshatra, Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is the 20th form of Ganesha.  He is known to be “the Quick Rewarder.” Kshipra Prasada Ganesha presides from a kusha-grass throne. His big belly symbolizes the manifest universe. He holds a noose, goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig of the wish-fulfilling tree. He carries a red hue.


The Mantra to invoke Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is:


दृथा पसांगूसा कल्प लता स्वाराधस्चा भींजपुरायुथा,

ससि सकला कलिता मौली स्त्रिलोचनो अरुनाश्चा, गाजा वेदना,

भसुरा भूलगाना दीप्तहो बृहद डरा पद्मम विष्टारोल्लसिता,

विघ्न पयोधरा पवन करा दृथा कमला सधस्तु ब्रुथ्याई.


Drutha pasangusa kalpa latha swaradhascha bheejapoorayuthaa,
Sasi sakala kalitha mouli strilochano arunascha , gaja vadana,
BHasura bhoosgana deeptho brahad dara padmam vishtarollasitha,
Vighna payodhara pavana kara drutha kamla sadhasthu bruthyai.




I pray for prosperity that Ganesa who holds the rope, goad, wish giving creeper , his own tusk and pomegranate ,
Who has crescent decorating his crown , who has three eyes, who is red in colour and has an elephant face ,
Who has a big form decorated by ornaments and is happy with the big lotus flower he holds,
Who removes all obstacles by his grace like wind using the lotus flower that he holds.


Haridra / Harindra Ganapati:




The 21st form of Ganesha is Harindra / Haridra Ganapati. The word Haridra means “Turmeric.” Thus, Haridra Ganesha is the golden one dressed in bright yellow vestments and is seated on a posh royal throne with calm face. His tusk holds his favorite sweet modak, and he carries the noose and goad in his hands.  Shri Maa Bagalamukhi is said to have blessed Haridra Ganapati with a boon that whoever worships him; will obtain whatever they ask for within no time.


The Shloka associated with Haridra Ganapati is:


हरिद्रम चतुर बहुम, हरिद्रा वदनं प्रभु,

पसांगूसा दरम देवम मोदकं दांतमेवा ,

भक्तभया प्रदाथराम वन्दे विग्न विनाशनम.


Haridram chathur bahum , haridra vadanam prabhum,
Pasangusa daram devam modakam danthameva cha ,
Bhakthabhaya pradatharam vandhe vigna vinasanam.



I salute the dispeller of obstacles, who protects his devotees,
Who is yellow in colour, has four hands, who is the lord having golden face ,
Who is the god holds noose, goad , Modhaka and the tusk.


Anamika Khosla


In the same series :

An Odyssey Of Lord Ganesha & Ganesh Chaturthi

Other Forms of Ganesha 

Bal Ganesha, Taruna Ganesha & Bhakti Ganesha

Veera Ganapati, Shakti Ganapati And Dvija Ganapati

Siddhi Ganapati, Ucchista Ganapati & Vighna Ganapati

Kshipra Ganapati, Herambha Ganapati And Lakshmi Ganapati

Maha Ganapati, Vijaya Ganapati & Nritya Ganapati

Urdhva Ganapati, Ekakshara Ganapati And Vara Ganapati




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 with one of his shaktis on his left knee, Urdhva Ganapati is “the Elevated form” of Ganesha. He is the Lord with a golden hue. In his six hands he holds a sprig of paddy, a lotus, the sugar cane bow, an arrow, his ivory tusk and a blue water lily. Purva Phalguni nakshatra is related to Urdhva Ganapati. He gives refuge to devotees who have lost sense of direction and elevates their spirit.

The Shloka to invoke Urdhava Ganapati is:

कल्हारशालि कमलेक्षुकचापबाण दंतप्ररोहकगदी कनकोज्वलांगः।
आलिंगनोद्यतकरो हरितांगयष्ट्या देव्या दिशत्वभयं ऊर्ध्वगणेश्वरो मे

Kalhari shali kamalekshuka chapa bana Dantha prorahaka gadhi kanakojjawalanga ,
Aalinganodhyatha karo harithanga yashtya devya disathw abhayam oordhwa ganathipo may.


Let me be given protection by the upright Ganapathi , who embraces his Shakthi who sits on his left thigh.
Who is of golden colour , who holds a blue lily, lotus flower , sugarcane , bow and arrows , a sprig of paddy and the club.

Ekakshara Ganapati:

Ekakshara Ganapathi is the 17th of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. He is the Lord of the ‘Single Syllable – Gam.” He is three-eyed and wears red attire while carrying a red hue. He holds the crescent moon in his crown and sits in the lotus pose upon his vehicle; the mooshika (mouse). With one hand he grants boons and the others hold pomegranate, elephant goad and noose. He is the ruler of the Uttara phalguni nakshatra.

The Ekakshara Ganapati Mantra is:

रक्तो रक्ताङ्गरागाम शुका, कुसुमायुतः ठुंडहिला चंद्रमौलि,
नेथ्राइर युक्तः स्थरीभी वामन करा चरणों भीजा पूरम दधाना,
हस्ताग्रा कलुपता पसांगूसा शारदा वरदो नागा वक्तरोहि भूशो,
देवा पद्मासनस्थो भवतु सूखा करो भूतये विघ्न राजा.

Raktho rakthangaragaam Shuka, kusumayutha thundhila chandra mouli,
Nethrair yuktha sthribhi Vamana kara charano bheeja pooram dadhaana,
Hasthaagra kluptha pasangusa sharada varadho naga vakthrohi bhoosho,
Deva padmasanastho bhavathu Sukha karo bhoothaye vighna raja.


Let us be granted pleasant life by the king of obstacles, who is red and wears red cloths,
Who holds a parrot and lotus and wears the crescent on his crown,
Who has three eyes, who holds pomegranate on his left hand,
Who holds the rope and the goad in his hands, decorates himself with a snake and grants clear boons.

Vara / Varada Ganapati:

The 18th form of Ganesha is the Vara Ganapati. He is the ruler of the Hasta Nakshatra. He is known to be the ‘Boon-granting Ganesha’. He has a prominent third eye of wisdom. He is seen holding a dish of honey, the noose and goad and encloses a pot of jewels in his trunk. Devi Shakti is seen at his side whilst a crescent moon adorns his crown.

The Varada Ganapati chant is as below:

सिंधुरभामिभानं त्रिनयनं, च पसमगुसो,
भिब्रनं मधु मैथ कपलम ानिसम सदविन्दु मौलिम भजे,
पृष्ठया असलिष्ट थानुम ध्वजागरा कराया पद्मोल्लासाद्धास्थाया,
ठाढ़ोणएहिठा पानी मठवा वसुमत पथरोलासाद पुष्करम.

Sindhoorabhamibhanam trinayanam, cha pasamguso,
Bhibranaam Madhu math kapalam anisam sadvindu moulim bhaje,
Prushtayaa aslishta thanum dwajagra karayaa padmollasaddhasthayaa,
Thadhonyahitha pani mathava vasumath pathrolasad pushkaram.


I pray Lord Ganesa who is of lustrous colour of saffron, who has three eyes. Who has noose and goad,
Who always carries honey in a skull and has crescent on his crown and
Who sits embracing his wife carrying lotus and a flag,
With his fourth hand caressing her thighs , And his trunk carrying a pot of jewels.


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.