In Hindu mythology, Gods have various forms and manifestations. Each form has some important symbolic meaning attached to it. The Ganesh Purana describes 32 forms of our favorite God, Ganpati. Each form has certain characteristics & implying significance. We will be describing each form of Ganesha below:
1) Bala Ganpati or Childlike Ganpati
Depicted in a red colored image, Bala Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha. In His hands, He holds a banana, mango, sugarcane and jack fruit. His trunk garners His favorite sweet, modak. Bala Ganesha shines brightly in His golden color like a rising sun.
Bala Ganpati signifies fertility and abundance of the earth.
Bala Ganpati is mainly worshiped on the Ganesh Jayanti day and during Ganesh Chaturthi festival, as well.
2) Taruna Ganpati or Youthful Ganpati
Depicted in a red colored image, Taruna Ganpati is an eight armed Ganesha. In His hands, He holds a noose and goad, modak, wood apple, rose apple, His broken tusk, paddy spikes and a sugarcane stalk. Taruna Ganesha shines like a noon day sun in its red color.
Taruna Ganpati signifies leading life without any troubles or hurdles.
Taruna Ganpati is worshiped on Sankashti Chaturthi, Ganesh Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durva Ganpati vrat etc.
3) Bhakti Ganpati or Devotee (Devotion) Ganpati
Depicted in a grey colored image, Bhakti Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha. In His hands, He holds a banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of sweet payasam pudding. Bhakti Ganpati shines in pure white color like the full moon of autumn.
Bhakti Ganpati blesses everyone with plenty of happiness and prosperity.
Bhakti Ganpati is the main deity of Ganesh Chaturthi. He is also worshipped on Sankashti Chaturthi, Ganesh Jayanti, Vinayak Chaturthi, Durva Ganpati vrat etc.
4) Veera Ganpati or Valiant Ganpati
Depicted in a red colored image, Veera Ganpati is a sixteen armed Ganesha. He is shown in a standing posture assuming a commanding pose armed with Bhetala, the weapon of power(shakti), arrow, bow, chakra, sword, club, hammer, mace, hook, nagapasha (serpent noose), spear, plough, and an axe.
Veera Ganpati symbolizes courage, peace, and prosperity. He vanquishes both ignorance and evil.
Veera Ganpati is worshiped on Ganesh Jayanti, Vinayak Chaturthi, Durva Ganpati vrat, Putra Ganpati vrat etc.
5) Shakti Ganpati or The Powerful Ganpati
Depicted in an orange-red hue, Shakti Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha, seated with his consort to his left. In His hands, He holds a garland, noose, and a goad, and bestows blessings with the Abhaya mudra.
Shakti Ganpati symbolizes power and destruction of fear.
Shakti Ganpati is the most powerful among all the other forms of Ganesha. He is worshiped as a part of the Tantric form of worship.
6) Dvija Ganpati or The Twice-Born Ganpati
Depicted in a white colored image, Dvija Ganpati is a four-faced Ganesha with four arms. He is considered an equivalent to Lord Brahma. In His hands, He holds a noose, a goad, an ola leaf scripture, a staff, water vessel and His rosary beads. He shines in moon like white complexion.
Dvija Ganpati blesses devotees with health and prosperity.
Dvija Ganpati is worshiped on Ganesh Jayanti, Vinayak Chaturthi & Durva Ganpati vrat.
7) Siddhi Ganpati or The Accomplished Ganpati
Depicted in a golden colored image, Siddhi Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha. In His hands, He holds a bouquet of flowers, an axe, mango, sugarcane and in His trunk He holds a tasty sesame sweet.
Siddhi Ganpati blesses his devotees with prosperity and mastery (siddhi)
Siddhi Ganpati is worshiped on Ganesh Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durva Ganpati vrat, Putra Ganpati vrat etc.
The famous ‘Siddhi Vinayak Temple’ in Mumbai hosts the Siddhi Ganpati.
8) Ucchishṭa Ganpati or Lord of Blessed Offerings
Depicted in a blue colored image, Ucchhishta Ganpati is a six armed Ganesha seated with his consort. In His hands, He holds a veena, pomegranate, blue lotus flower, rosary beads and paddy spikes.
Ucchhishta Ganpati is believed to be the guardian of our culture.
Ucchhishta Ganpati is worshiped as a part of the Tantric form of worship.
9) Vighna Ganpati or Lord of Obstacles
Depicted in a golden colored image, Vighna Ganpati is an eight armed Ganesha. In His hands, He holds a noose and goad, His broken tusk and modak, conch and discus, a bouquet of flowers, sugarcane, flower arrow and an axe and is shown wearing plenty of ornaments.
Vighna Ganpati removes all obstacles and negative influences.
Vighna Ganpati is one of the most popular forms of Ganpati that is worshiped and is found in a lot of temples in India.
10) Kshipra Ganpati or Quick-acting Ganpati
Depicted in a red colored image, Kshipra Ganpati is an eight armed Ganesha. In His hands, He holds His broken tusk, a noose, goad and a sprig of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree. In His uplifted trunk He holds a tiny pot of precious jewels.
Kshipra Gaṇpati gives knowledge and fulfills all wishes.
Kshipra Gaṇpati is worshiped in a lot of temples in the South of India.
Do check our next blog to know about the next 10 forms of Lord Ganesha!