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Widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the ‘Deva’ of intellect and wisdom, Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka) is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. As the God of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies.
He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the brother of Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Being the embodiment of three virtues namely Buddhi, Siddhi and Riddhi known as wisdom, spirituality and prosperity respectively, Lord Ganesha is the personification of Buddhi Himself. The other two virtues are personified as Goddesses and considered to be the consorts of Lord Ganesha. Though there are different opinions on His marital status, both Puranas – Mudgala and Shiva Purana which are considered as authority, talk about the marital life of Lord Ganesha.
As per Shiva Purana, Lord Ganesha had two sons who were named as Shubh and Labh. Shubh and Labh are personification of auspiciousness and profit respectively. Shubh was the son of Goddess Riddhi and Labh was the son of Goddess Siddhi.
Representations of Ganesha show wide variations and distinct patterns changing over time. He may be portrayed standing, dancing, heroically taking action against demons, playing with his family as a boy, sitting down or on an elevated seat, or engaging in a range of contemporary situations.
Characterized by his mystical appearance – the trunk of an Elephant, a Human body and a rotund belly, He is usually depicted with four hands and carries a pasha (noose) and a goad (axe) in the upper hands. One of the lower hands of Lord Ganesha is shown in Abhay Mudra while in the other lower hand He holds a bowl full of Modaks.
The motif of Ganesha turning his trunk sharply to his left to taste a sweet in his lower-left hand is a particularly archaic feature.The mount or ‘Vahana’ of Lord Ganesha is a mouse.
Devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that if He is propitiated, He grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity. Therefore, He is worshipped on almost every religious and secular occasion and is especially invoked at the beginning of prayers, important undertakings, and before any new venture.
Alongside the daily worshipping, Ganesh Chaturthi or Vināyaka chaturthī and Ganesh Jayanti (Ganesha’s birthday) are celebrated in the month of August or September and January or February respectively in honour of the elephant-headed God.
- Ganesh Chaturthi : An annual festival honours Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesh Chaturthi and ending on the fourteenth day of the fortnight (Anant Chaturdashi) which typically falls in late August or early September. Celebrations are traditionally held on the fourth day of the first fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi) in the month of Bhaadrapada in the Hindu calendar. The grand festival celebrated throughout India, especially in Maharashtra and Telengana includes worshipping by families at home, by people at their places of work and in public. The public celebration involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public pandals (temporary shrines) and group worship. At home, an appropriately-sized clay image is installed and worshipped by offering puja and prasad (typically Modaks and laddus) with family and friends. At the end of the festival, the idols are immersed (and dissolve) in a body of water such as a lake or pond.
- Ganesh Jayanti : Ganesh Jayanti, also known as Magha shukla chaturthi, is the occasion which celebrates the birth day of Ganesha, the lord of wisdom. It is a popular festival particularly in the Indian state of Maharashtra and is also celebrated in Goa held during the Shukla Paksha chaturthi day (fourth day of the bright fortnight or the waxing moon) in the month of Maagha (January/February) of every year. On the festival day, an image of Ganesha, in symbolic conical form is made out of turmeric or sindhoor powder or some times of cowdung and worshipped. It is later immersed in water on the fourth day after the festival. A special preparation made of til (sesame seeds) is offered to Ganesha and then distributed to the devotees as prasad for eating. A fast is observed before worship during the day time (which is stated to enhance the name and fame of the worshipping individual) followed by feasting in the night as a part of the rituals.
Thus, we can see that Ganesha is the power of knowledge, success and fulfillment. To invoke this divine being, several Mantras are chanted in his name. These Ganesh Mantras are also known as Siddhi Mantra (the one with perfection). Each and every mantra is full of energy and the power of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that His mantras, when recited with genuine devotion, give positive results. They ward off all trials and troubles gracing the devotee with every bit of the success he desires.
Collection of Ganesh Mantra
Vakratunda Ganesh Mantra
One of the most important and also one of the most common Ganpati Mantras, this is the Ganesh mantra for wealth, and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Riddhi (Hindu Goddess of Prosperity) and Goddess Siddhi (Hindu Goddess of spiritual enlightenment).
“Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa ||”
Vakra – means one that is not straight.
Vakratunda – means curved trunk.
Mahakaya – means large body, if we see that in a more divine sense it means most powerful.
Suryakoti – means ‘Surya’ or sun and koti means crore.
Samprabha – means ‘prabha – aura, grandeur’ , ‘sama- like’.
Suryakoti samprabha – means whose aura is like light of crores of sun put together.
Nirvgnam – obstacle free.
Kurume – give me.
Deva – means God.
Sarva – means all.
Full meaning : “Oh god with curved trunk, large body whose aura is like light of crores of sun, Please make my entire work obstacle free, forever.”
Benefit : Chanting of this mantra invokes Lord Ganesha to remove every obstacle between one and one’s well-being and helps to achieve wealth, wisdom, good luck, prosperity and success in all the endeavors.
Ganesh Gayatri Mantra
In a fight with Guru Parashuram, he threw an axe at Lord Gajanan which was a gift to him by his father. So to honor this gift, Ganesha chose to bear the axe’s blow instead of destroying it. Ganesha thus lost one his tusk, but gained humility and modesty.
“Aum Ekadantaya Viddhamahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi,
Tanno Danti Prachodayat॥”
Ekadantaya – The one with the single tusked elephant tooth.
Viddhamahe – who is omnipresent.
Vakratundaya – Curved trunk.
Dhimahi – We meditate upon and pray for greater intellect.
Tanno Danti – We bow before the one with the single tusked elephant tooth.
Prachodayat – Illuminate our minds with wisdom.
Full meaning : “We pray to the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth who is omnipresent. We meditate upon and pray for greater intellect to the Lord with the curved, elephant-shaped trunk. We bow before the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth to illuminate our minds with wisdom.”
Ekadanta referring to one tusk in the elephant face means that God broke the duality and made us to have a complete one-pointed mind.
Benefit : This Mantra encourages modesty, righteousness and high end wisdom in those who chant it.
Basic Ganpati Mantra
“Om Gam Ganpataye Namah”
Meaning : It means bowing down to the Almighty Ganpati with all our existence and accepting all his great qualities in our self being.
Benefit : It wards off all the negativities from one’s life before beginning any work. Chanting of this mantra ensures success in all the new ventures that one wishes to undertake.
Lord Ganesha is known by his many names. All his names signify the meaning or qualities associated with him.
i. “Om Ganadhyakhsaya Namah”
Meaning : Ganadhyaksay – Gana means ‘a group’ and ‘Adhyaksh’ means ‘one who is leader of the group’.
Benefit : One can use this Mantra to ensure the well being of a particular state or a city. One can even chant this Mantra to improve or build upon one’s personal leadership characteristics.
ii. “Om Gajananaya Namah”
Meaning : Gajanan here means One who carries the elephant head. In Sanskrit, gaj means elephant. This Mantra says that if God can carry the elephant’s head to survive and fulfill his duties, even we should put aside our ego and live our lives dutifully.
Benefit : This Mantra motivates such humble living and chanting of it helps one attain his/her inner peace and consciousness.
iii. ”Om Vignanaashnay Namah”
Meaning : Ganpati is also worshiped to remove obstacles from one’s life. Here vigna means obstacles and nashnay means One who removes obstacles.
Benefit : If one is facing problems with his social life, at work or with interpersonal relationships, it can be made easier by chanting this mantra.
iv. “Om Lambodaraya Namah”
Meaning : Ganesha is known to love his food, and has a big, round belly. ‘Lambodar’ thus refers to him as a God who has a big belly.
Benefit : Chanting this mantra allows an individual to love and be one with the whole universe, just like Lord Ganpati.
v. “Om Sumukhaya Namah”
Meaning : Sumukh means ‘One with a pleasing face’. Lord Ganesha lost his head, and replaced it with that of an elephant’s. However, his good spirit and pure soul shone through even on his elephant face, and this made him look beautiful and calm.
Benefit : This Mantra allows one to look past one’s shortcomings, identify and improve upon one’s inner beauty.
vi. “Om Gajkarnikaya Namah”
Meaning : Gaj means Elephant and Karnikay means ears. With the elephant’s head and elephant ears, Ganesh was unable to listen to everything from all sources.
Benefit : This Mantra allows us to be just like him, and hear and accept only that which is good. Chanting the mantra shields us from external negativity and helps us overcome the stress caused by it.
vii. “Om Vikataya Namah”
Meaning : Here ‘Vikat’ means ‘difficult’.
Benefit : The world is full of difficult situations, and often one may find himself disheartened and unable to focus. This Mantra reminds him that his ultimate goal is salvation, and no matter what happens, he should not lose sight of it. This Ganpati Mantra will keep his eyes on this long-term goal and motivate him towards salvation.
viii. ”Om Vinayakaya Namah”
Meaning : ‘Vinayaka’ is the name of Ganesha in the golden age. Vinayaka means ‘something under control’ and also means ‘the Lord of resolving problems’.
Benefit : So by realizing this mantra, one’s life will have a golden age. In one’s office and in his work, he’ll be the boss.
The Rinn Harta Mantra
“Om Ganesh Rinnam Chhindhi Varenyam Hoong Namaah Phutt”
Meaning : ‘Rinn Harta’ is another name for Lord Ganesha and the English meaning of which is ‘The giver of wealth’. In Hindi, the meaning of Rinn harta or Rhinaharta is derived from the words ‘Rinn’ or ‘Rinnam’ meaning ‘debt’ and ‘harta’ meaning ‘remover’.
Benefit : The Rinn harta mantra or the Rhinaharta mantra is the Lord Ganesha mantra for wealth and prosperity in life as Lord Ganesha is requested to keep debts and poverty away and bring abundance in life.
Siddhi Vinayak Mantra
The Siddhi Vinayak mantra is also one of the most important Ganesh mantras.
“Om Namo Siddhi Vinayakaya Sarva kaarya kartrey Sarva vighna prashamnay Sarvarjaya Vashyakarnaya Sarvajan Sarvastree Purush Aakarshanaya Shreeng Om Swaha.”
Meaning : The word ‘Siddhi Vinayak’ in Hindi means ‘the God of Achievement and Enlightenment’. The Mantra in English, therefore, means – “O Lord of Wisdom and Happiness, only you make every endeavor and everything possible; You are the remover of all obstacles and you have enchanted every being in the Universe, you are the Lord of all women and all men, amen.”
Benefit : This Sanskrit Ganesha mantra is recited 108 times in the proper way to achieve peace, prosperity and Siddhi (Achievement) of spiritual enlightenment, material fulfillment and strong social influence.
The Shaktivinayak Mantra
“Om Hreeng Greeng Hreeng”
Meaning : In Hindi, Shakti means power and Vinayak means ‘the Supreme master’.
Benefit : The Shaktivinayak Ganesh mantra is incanted for financial success and prosperity. It is a powerful mantra for good health and good luck. This mantra is typically recommended to be repeated 108 times in the proper way.
Ganesh Mool Mantra
The Ganesha Mool Mantra is also known as the Ganesha Beeja mantra or the Bija mantra. In Hindi, ‘Beej’ means seed – the source of everything in the universe. This powerful mantra combines several of the Ganpathi beeja mantras, especially the beeja or the seed sonic vibration associated with Lord Ganpati –‘Gam’.
“Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Glaum Gam Ganapataye Vara Varad Sarvajan janmay Vashamanaye Swaha Tatpurushaye Vidmahe Vakratundaye Dhimahi Tanno Danti Prachodyat Om Shantih Shantih Shantihi”
Meaning : The Ganesh Mool mantra is the most succinct and powerful Lord Ganesha mantra of all. This mantra celebrates the unique and divine form of God Ganpati (Ganesha) and his powers. The Ganesha Mool (root) Mantra, beginning with the incantation of ‘Om’ evokes positivity, purity, energy and the presence of Lord Ganpati in one’s life.
Benefit : The Ganesh Mool Mantra is believed to create a powerful aura around one’s body because of the cosmic energy in the sound vibrations of the Sanskrit words. This mantra is uniquely musical and lifts the mind to a state of trance. It is widely chanted during Pujas and Yagyas to please Lord Ganesha. It brings peace, good luck, success and removes all obstacles from one’s life if incanted in the proper way.
Hence, we can see that when we are wondering how to make Lord Ganesha happy, the Ganesh Mantras will take us one step closer to our aim in life and always shower Lord Ganesha’s blessings upon us. The chanting or the ‘Jaapa’ of Lord Ganesh mantras is considered very auspicious. It is known to activate the mind and the various chakras of the body. This leads to better blood circulation and therefore improved metabolic rate in the body.
In the Hindu scriptures, it is written that Ganesha can be impressed when a person devotes himself fully to Lord Ganesha and submits to a generous, noble life. Ganpati shall not only reward his efforts but accelerate his progress and help him become a better person in life.
Correct way to recite Ganesh Mantras:
So, to get best results and invoke Lord Ganesha to bring success, wealth, good luck, peace and to dispel fear and set twisted paths and minds straight, one should keep certain things in mind before he begins the incantation of the Ganesh mantras. They are as follows :
- One should freshen up completely before beginning the prayer service.
- One should Devote oneself completely to Lord Ganesha and open himself to the positivity of the Universe.
- One should always begin any kind of Puja offering by chanting the Ganesh Mantra first and follow this routine with dedication.
Lord Ganesha is the epitome of focus and clarity in the midst of a gray world which is full of duality and confusion. One should, thus, dedicate his Inner Self to Lord Ganesha and chant these mantras for happiness and enlightenment as well as good health, abundant wealth and good luck and witness his life transform before his very own eyes.
Benefits of Chanting Ganesh Mantra
- Goddess Lakshmi is Ganesha’s step mother; with her he grants prosperity, abundance, riches, happiness, money, wealth, good luck and all material successes.
- With Goddess Saraswati, Ganesha grants scholarship, educational success, intelligence, sharp mind, knowledge, focus, mind powers, and spirituality.
- In Hinduism Lord Ganesha is worshiped at the beginning of every auspicious occasion. Chanting of Ganesh Mantra is considered very auspicious and divine.
- Chanting Ganesh Mantra removes each and every enemy of the devotee’s life and he/she gets focus and clarity. Chanting of his mantras also removes fears and phobia.
- Chanting Ganesh Mantra not only gives rewards for one’s efforts but accelerates one’s progress and helps to become a better person in life.