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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.

Art of Living Wisdom, Others.

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.

Art of Living Wisdom, Others.

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.

Art of Living Wisdom, Others.

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.


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 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.

Herambha Ganapati:

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
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:

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 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.


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 self-mastery. He sits comfortably holding a bouquet of flowers, an axe, mango, sugar cane and, in His trunk, a piece of sesame sweet. Bharani Nakshatra is related to Siddhi Ganapati and he blesses the devotee with Ashta Siddhi’s – the eight forms of success in any tasks.

The Mantra to worship Siddhi Ganapati is:

पक्वचूत फलकल्प मंजरीं इक्षुदण्ड तिलमोदकैस्सह
उद्वहन् परशुहस्त ते नमः श्रीसमृद्धियुत देव पिंगल

Pakva chootha kalpa manjarim ikshu danda thila modhakai saha ,
Udwahan parasu hastha they Nama sri samrudhipatha deva Pingala.


Salutations to the reddish brown coloured god armed with axe in his hand and signifies plenty, who holds ripe mango, bouquet of turmeric, sugarcane and sesame sweet.

Ucchista Ganapati:

The 8th Form of Ganapati is the Ucchista Ganapati. Ucchista Ganapathy means “the lord of blessed offering and the lord of superiority”. He is depicted in sitting posture with six hands. The Devi Shakti is seen seated on his left thigh. He is seen holding Japa beads thread, a pomegranate fruit and a fresh sprig of paddy in his right hands. His main left hand embrace the Devi Shakti, second hand hold the Veena and third/upper hand holds blue lotus. The tusk is not curled and Ucchista Ganapathi appears in blue complexion. Karthika Nakshatra is related to Ucchhishta Ganapathy. He is said to bless his devotees with success and promotions in work, and superiority in life.

The Ucchista Ganapati Mantra is:

नीलाब्जं दाडिमी वीणा शाली गुंजाक्ष सूत्रकम्
दधदुच्छिष्ट नामाऽयं गणेशः पातु मोक्षदः

Neelabjam dadimi veena saali gunjaksha suthrakam,
Dadadad uchishta naamaayam Ganesa pathu mokshadha.


Ganapati devouring the remnants of the meal. The blue coloured one with six arms holding the rosary, pomegranate, the paddy ear ( shalyagra ), the nocturnal lotus, the lute ( vina ); his sixth hand sometimes bears a berry & embraces the goddess.

Vighna Ganapati:

Vighna Ganapati is the 8th form of Ganesha and is known as the ‘Vighnaharta’ – the remover of obstacles.  He is the ruler of the Rohini Nakshatra. He appears with 8 limbs similar to Lord Vishnu and holds Shankha (conch) and Chakra (wheel) on both left and right upper hand. The other hands holds his broken tusk and Modaka , noose and elephant goad, flower arrow, sugarcane and a battle axe. Vighna Ganapati’s trunk is curved with bouquet of flowers. The lord wear plenty of ornaments and his complexion is of golden hue. Worshipping this form is believed to help devotees to overcome difficulties and remove all obstacles and bad influences on the path to success.

The Vighna Ganapati Mantra is:

शंखेक्षुचाप कुसुमेषु कुठारपाश- चक्रांकुशैः कलम मंजरिकागदाद्यैः
पाणिस्थितैः परिसमाहित भूषणश्रीः विघ्नेश्वरो विजयते तपनीयगौरः

Samswekshu chapa kusumeshu kutara pasa chakramkusai kalama manjarika gadhahyou,
Panisthithai pari samahitha bhooshana sri Vigneswara vijayathe thapaneeya goura.


Hail Vigneshwara who is saintly white and holds a conch, sugar cane , flower , axe , rope, wheel, goad paddy and Dhruva grass in his hands and who is decorated by the correct samhithas.


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 represents the Fire element. He is depicted with 16 arms, each holding weapons like bow, arrow, wheel, sword, trident, victory flag, club, serpent, noose, goad, mace, hammer, shield, spear, battle axe, and a goblin.  It is believed that Veera Ganapati vanquishes both ignorance and evil.

The Mantra associated with Veera Ganapati is:

वेतालशक्ति शरकार्मुक चर्मखड्ग- खट्वांगमुद्गरगदांकुशनागपाशान् ।
शूलं च कुन्तपरशुध्वजमुद्वहन्तं वीरं गणेशमरुणं सततं स्मरामि ॥

Vethala sakthi sara karmuka chakra gadvanga, mudgara, gadhaam angusa naga pasaan,
Soolam cha kuntha parasu dwajam udvahantham , veeram ganesamarunam sathatham smaraami.


I always meditate on the Veera Ganapati (Valiant) who is armed with Bhetala – the weapon of power, arrow, bow, wheel, sword, club, hammer, mace, hook, nagapasha – serpent noose, spear, plough, and the shining axe.

Shakti Ganapati:

The 5th form of Lord Ganesha is Shakti Ganapti. Shakti Ganapati is the last form representing the primordial element – Space. He is seen seated in the tantric position with 4 hands and embracing Devi Shakti seated on his left knee. His lower right hand is in Abhya Mudra bestowing blessings on his devotees, both the left and right upper hands hold noose and goad and his left lower hand is seen embracing the Devi. The colour of Shakti Ganapati is in orange red hue like that of the sunset sky. The Devi is represented with Green colour. Shakti Ganesha is the protector of the householder, vanquishing evil and brings peace to the house.

The Shakti Ganapati mantra is:

आलिंग्य देवीं हरितां निषण्णं परस्परस्पृष्ट कटीनिवेशम्
संध्यारुणं पाशसृणी वहन्तं भयापहं शक्तिगणेशमीडे

Aalinghya devim harithaam nishannam parasparaslishta katou
Sandhyarunaam pasa sruneem vahantham bhayapaham Shakthi Ganapathi meede.

Dvija/Dwija Ganapati:

Dwija Ganapati or Dvija Ganapathi is the 6th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms. Regarded as the Twice Born, Dwija Ganapathi is depicted to be equivalent to Lord Brahma, since he is believed to have undergone the ‘Upanayanam’, a ritual by which the Brahmin’s of young age are taught about Gayatri Mantras and go through the be-threading ceremony to become Vada pandits. He is represented with four heads and four hands holding palm-leaf inscription, a staff, meditation beads, water pot, noose and goad. He is associated with Ashwani nakshatra and is said to bestow devotees with all materialistic gains, name and fame.

The Dvija Ganapati mantra is :

यः पुस्तकाक्षगुणदण्ड कमण्डलुश्री-निर्वर्त्यमान करभूषण मिन्दुवर्णम्
स्तंबेरमानन चतुष्टयशोभमानं नित्यं स्मरेत् ध्वजगणाधिपतिं धन्यः

Ya pusthakaksha guna dhanda kamandalu sreenirvruthyamana kara bhooshana mindu varnam,
Sthambera manana chathushtaya shobhamanam thwaam samsmare dwija ganathipathe dhanya.


‘Ganapati the Twice-Born. He has four heads and four arms. He is white in colour. His hands hold the rosary, the washing pot ( kamandalu ), the walking-stick of an ascetic or the ritual spoon ( sruk ) and the manuscript on palm-leaves ( pustaka ).’

Salutations to Ganapati, who is seen embracing his wife, Shakti. He is red in colour. He has four arms. His low right hand shows the movement of lack of fear (abhaya); the two others wear the elephant goad and the noose; the last hand, who holds a lemon, embraces the goddess. With the top of his trunk, Shakti Ganapati holds a cake.



The stories and legends of Lord Ganesha are referred in many sncient texts and scriptures, out of which Ganesha Purana and Mudgala Purana are totally dedicated to Lord Ganesha. As per these puranas, Lord Ganesha got manifested in several forms out of which eight forms were referred to as his incarnations. These incarnations over different cosmic ages include Vakratunda, Ekadantha, Mahodara, Gajavaktra (Gajaanana), Lambodara, Vikata, Vighnaraja and Dhoomravarna. Lord Ganesha is said to have fought with a demon symbolizing a human weakness in each of these forms at different times. For instance, Vakratunda, his first incarnation defeated the demon Matsaraasura symbolising ‘Matsara’ – Jealousy. When he took form of Ekadanta, he defeated the demon Madaasura symbolizing intoxication or arrogance. His third incarnation as Mahodara defeated the demon Mohaasura and his weakness ‘Moha’ (delusion). Likewise, Gajaanana defeated the demon Lobhaasura and his weakness Lobha – Greed, Lambodara defeated Krodhaasura symbolizing anger, Vikata defeated the demon Kamaasura representing lust, Vighnaraja (Remover of obstacles), defeated the demon Mamaasura representing ego & possessiveness and his 8th incarnation as  Dhoomravarna defeated the demon Ahankaraasura symbolising pride. It is believed and said that Lord Ganesha was in existence in all the Yugas.

The Mudgala Purana was the first to list the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. These 32 forms may also represent a co-relation with 32 paths and spheres of the tree of life. The first 16 forms of Ganapati are known as the ‘Shodasa – Ganapati’ and the rest 16 forms are known as the ‘Ekavimsathi.’

Here is a sneak peek into the first 3 forms of Lord Ganesha, their symbolic representation & the mantra to invoke their blessings.

Bala Ganapati:

Bala Ganpati is the first of the 32 forms of Ganesha and also the most widely worshipped in India. It is the child-like of the lord and represents the Earth element signifying abundance and fertility. The colour associated with Bala Ganapati is the colour of rising sun – Red. The idol of Bala Ganapati is elephant faced and has four hands holding the fruits of the Earth – Mango, Jackfruit, Banana and Sugarcane in his four hands. His trunk garners his favourite sweet; the modaka.

Bala Ganapati is to bestow his devotees with good health and help them get rid of ill habits. He is believed to forgive sins help with the progress of children.

The Mantra to invoke Bala Ganapati is:

करस्थ कदली चूत पनसेक्षुक मोदकम्
बालसूर्यप्रभं देवं वन्दे बालगणाधिपम्

Karastha kadali chootha , panasekshuka modhakam,
Bala soorya prabhakaram, vandeham bala ganapathim,


I salute the boy like Ganapati who shines like a young Sun,
Holding in his hands Banana fruit, mango fruit, jackfruit, sugarcane and Modhaka.

Taruna Ganapati :

Taruna Ganapati is second in the 32 forms of Ganesha and it represents the Air Element. This eight-armed form of Ganesha represents youthfulness, progress and newness. His brilliant red colour like that of the mid-day sun, reflects the blossoming of youth. He holds a noose, goad, modaka, wood apple, rose apple, his broken tusk, a sprig of paddy and a sugar cane stalk in his eight hands. Taruna Ganapati is mainly worshipped on Sankashti Chathurti, Ganesha Jayanti, and Durva Ganapati vrat. Worshipping this form is believed to help in getting good health, happiness, joy and remove obstacles.

The mantra associated with Taruna Ganapati is:

पाशांकुशापूप कपित्थजंबू-फलं तिलान् वेणुमपि स्वहस्तैः
धत्ते सदा यस्तरुणारुणाभः पायात् युष्मान् तरुणो गणेशः

Pasangusa apoopa kapitha jamboo phalam thilan venumapiswa hasthai,
Drutha sadasya tharuna arunabha paayath sayushmaan tharuno Ganesa.


May the young Lord Ganapati , who is carrying in His hands the noose, hook, rice-cake, guava fruit, rose apple, own (broken) tusk, bunch of corn ears and sugarcane and who vividly shines forth with His brilliant youthfulness, bless all.

Bhakta / Bhakti Ganapati:

Bhakta or Bhakti Ganapati form of Ganesha is the 3rd form of the Lord. It is the devotee form of Lord Ganesha. Shining like the full moon during harvest season and garlanded with flowers, Bhakti Ganapati is the dearest to devotees. It carries a very calm and soothing energy around it. He holds a banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of sweet payasa pudding. He represents the Water element and is mostly worshipped on Sankashti Chathurti, Ganesha Jayanti, Durva Ganapati vrat or Putra Ganapati Vrata. Worshipping this form of Ganapati is believed to help in controlling temper, relax the mind, feel joy and remove obstacles.

Bhakta Ganapati Mantra is:

नालिकेराम्र कदली गुडपायस धारिणम्
शरच्चंद्राभ वपुषं भजे भक्तगणाधिपम्

Nalikeramra kadali gula payasa dharinam,
Sarthchandra bhava pusham , bhaje bhaktha ganapathim.


I worship Bhakta Ganapati , who is the Lord of His devotees and who shines like the autumn moon, with coconut, mango, plantain, jaggery and sweets in his hands.