32 Forms of Lord Ganesha & its Significance – Part 2

We love our beloved Vighnaharta in every possible form we see him. But as we mentioned in the earlier blog, each gesture, each detail has some significance. So let’s find out about the various other forms as described in The Ganesh Purana.

 

11)    Heramba Ganpati or Mother’s Beloved Son Ganpati

Depicted in a black colored image, Heramba Ganpati is a ten armed Ganesha with five faces and is seated on a lion. In His hands, He holds a noose, rosary beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, a fruit, and modak.

Heramba Gaṇapati protects the weak and helps overcome fear.

Heramba Gaṇapati is a very rare form of Ganpati and can be seen exclusively at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Banaras, Uttar Pradesh.

 

12)    Lakshmi Ganpati or The Fortunate Ganpati

Depicted in a white colored image, Lakshmi Ganpati is an eight armed Ganesha with two consorts, Siddhi (Achievement) and Buddhi (Wisdom). In His hands, He holds a green parrot, a pomegranate, sword, goad, noose, a sprig of kalpavriksha and a water vessel.

Lakshmi Ganpati blesses his devotees with wealth and wisdom.

Lakshmi Ganpati is worshiped at the famous Palani Murugan Temple in Palani, Tamil Nadu.

 

13)    Maha Ganpati or The Great Ganpati

Depicted in a red colored image, Maha Ganpati has a third eye, ten arms, bears a ratna kumbham, and is seated with his consort. In His hands, He holds His broken tusk, a pomegranate, blue lily, sugarcane bow, discus, noose, lotus, paddy sprig, mace and a pot of gems.

Maha Ganapathi bestows his devotees with abundant prosperity and also removes obstacles.

Maha Ganapathi is worshiped in the famous Lord Krishna Temple in Dwaraka, Gujarat.

 

14)    Vijaya Ganpati or Ganpati the Victorious

Depicted in a red colored image, Vijaya Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha seated on His mouse. In His hands, He holds His broken tusk, elephant goad, a noose and a golden mango.

Vijaya Ganpati bestows success in all ventures.

Vijaya Ganpati is worshiped at the Ashtha Vinayak Temple, Pune.

 

15)    Nritya Ganpati or Ganpati the Dancer

Depicted in a gold colored image, Nritya Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha in a dance posture. He prances under the kalpavriksha tree, epitomizing exuberant activity and joy. In His hands, He holds His broken tusk, goad, noose, and modak.

Nritya Ganpati blesses his devotees with success and aptitude.

Nritya Ganpati is worshiped at the Arulmigu Magudeshwarar Temple in Kodumudi, Tamil Nadu.

 

16)    Urdhva Ganpati or The Elevated Ganpati

Depicted in a gold colored image, Urdhva Ganpati is a six armed Ganesha with his consort. In His hands, He holds paddy sprig, a lotus, sugarcane bow, an arrow, His broken tusk and a blue water lily.

Urdhva Ganapathi uplifts the devotees to great heights and helps them find solutions to all their problems.

 

17)    Ekakshara Ganpati or Ganpati Identified with Single Syllable

Depicted in a red colored image, Ekakshara Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha with the third eye and is seated on a lotus. In His hands, He holds a pomegranate, noose, and goad and is shown in a boon-giving gesture.

Ekakshara Ganpati assists His devotees to control their mind.

Ekakshara Ganpati is worshiped at a famous temple in Hampi.

 

18)    Varada Ganpati or The Boon-giver Ganpati

Depicted in a red colored image, Varada Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha with the third eye and is seated with his consort. In His hands, He holds a dish of honey, the noose, and goad and holds a pot of jewels in His trunk. The crescent moon adorns His crown.

Varada Ganpati helps his devotees attain success in all their ventures.

Varada Ganpati is worshiped at the famous Renuka Yellamma Temple in Savadatti, Karnataka.

 

19)    Tryakshara Ganpati or Lord of the Three-letters A+U+M Ganpati

Depicted in a gold colored image, Tryakshara Ganpati is a four armed Ganesha, decorated with Chaamara ear rings. In His hands, He holds His broken tusk, goad, noose, and mango and is often seen grasping a sweet modak in His trunk.

Tryakshara Ganpati helps one attain self-realization.

Tryakshara Ganpati is worshiped at the famous Tirumakudalu temple in Karnataka.

 

20)    Kshipra Prasada Ganpati or Ganpati the Quick-Rewarder

Depicted in a red colored image, Kshipra Prasada Ganpati is a six armed Ganesha. In His hands, He holds a noose, goad, His broken tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig of the wish-fulfilling tree.

Kshipra Prasada Ganpati gives knowledge and fulfills all wishes.

Kshipra Prasada is worshiped at the famous Pillyarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple in Tamil Nadu.

 

Do come back again to know the final 12 forms in our next blog!

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