Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lakshmi Ganapati

Lakshmi Ganapati

Lakshmi Ganapati, pure white giver of success, sits flanked by Wisdom and Achievement. Gesturing varada mudra, He holds a green parrot, a pomegranate, sword, goad, noose, sprig of kalpavriksha and a water vessel.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Heramba Ganapati

Heramba Ganapati

Five-faced, white in color, Heramba Ganapati, "Protector of the Weak," 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.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kshipra Ganapati

Kshipra Ganapati

Handsome, red-hued Kshipra Ganapati, "Quick-acting" giver of boons, displays 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.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Vighna Ganapati

Vighna Ganapati

Vighna Ganapati, "Lord of Obstacles," is of brilliant gold hue and bedecked in jewels. His eight arms hold a noose and goad, tusk and modaka, conch and discus, a bouquet of flowers, sugar cane, flower arrow and an axe.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ucchhishta Ganapati

Ucchhishta Ganapati

Ucchhishta Ganapati is "Lord of Blessed Offerings" and guardian of culture. Of blue complexion and sixarmed, He sits with His Shakti, holding a vina, pomegranate, blue lotus flower, japa mala and a sprig of fresh paddy.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Siddhi Ganapati

Siddhi Ganapati
Golden-yellow Siddhi Ganapati, "the Accomplished," 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 tasty sesame sweet.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dvija Ganapati

Dvija Ganapati
Four-headed Dvija Ganapati, "the Twice-born," is moon-like in color. Holding a noose, a goad, an ola leaf scripture, a staff, water vessel and a his japa beads, He reminds one and all of the urgency for disciplined striving.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ganesh Aarti - Shendur Lal Chadhayo (Hindi)


Shendur lal chadhayo achchha gajmukhko || Dondil lal biraje sut gauriharko ||
Hath liye gudladdu sai survarko || Mahima kahe na jay lagat hoo padko || 1 ||
Jai jai shri ganraj vidhyasukhdata || Dhanya tumara darshan mera man ramata ||

Ashto siddhi dasi sankatko bairi || vignavinashan mangal murat adhikari ||
Koti surajprakash aisi chhabi teri || Gandasthala madmastak jhoole Shashihari || 2 ||
Jai jai shri ganraj vidhyasukhdata || Dhanya tumara darshan mera man ramata ||

Bhavbhagat se koi sharanagat ave || santat santat sabhi bharpur pave ||
Aise tumMaharaj moko ati bhave || Gosavinandan nishidin gun gave || 3 ||
Jai jai shri ganraj vidhyasukhdata || Dhanya tumara darshan mera man ramata ||

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shree Ganeshaya Dheemahi


Lyrics

Gananayakaya Ganadaivataya Ganadakshaya Dheemahi
Guna Shariraya Guna Manditaya Guneshanaya Dheemahi
Gunatitaya Gunadhishaya Guna Pravishtaya Dheemahi

Ekadantaya Vakratundaya Gauri Tanayaya Dheemahi
Gajeshanaya Bhalchandraya Shree Ganeshaya Dheemahi

Gaana Chaturaya Gaana Pranaya Gaanantaratmane 
Gaanotsukaya Gaanamattaya Gannottsukha manase 
Guru Pujitaya, Guru Daivataya, Guru kulasthaine 
Guru Vikramaya, Guihya Pravaraya Gurave Gunagurave
Guru Daityakalachetre, Guru Dharma sada rakdhyaya
Guru putra paritratre Guru pakhand khandkhaya
Geet saraya, Geet tatvaya Geet gotraya Dheemahi
Gudha gulfaya, Gandha Mattaya Gojaya pradaya Dheemahi 
Gunatitaya Gunadhishaya Guna Pravishtaya Dheemahi

Ekadantaya Vakratundaya Gauri Tanayaya Dheemahi
Gajeshanaya Bhalchandraya Shree Ganeshaya Dheemahi

Gandharva Rajaya Gandhaya Gandharva Gana Shravana Pranaime
Gaadhaanuragaya Granthaya Geetaya Grantatarth tatvavine
Gunine Gunavate Ganapataye

Grantha Geetaya Grantha Geyaya Grantantaratmane 
Geetaleenaya Geetaashrayaya Geetavadyapatave, 
Dheya Charitaya Gaya Kavaraya Gandharvaprikrute 
Gayakadhina Vighrahaya Gangajala pranayavate 
Gauri Stanandhaya Gauri Hridaya Nandanaya
Gaura Bhanu Sutaya Gauri Ganeshwaraya

Gauri Pranayaya Gauri Pravanaya Gaura Bhavaya Dheemahi
Gosahastraya Govardanaya Gopa Gopaya Dheemahi
Gunatitaya Gunadhishaya Guna Pravishtaya Dheemahi

Ekadantaya Vakratundaya Gauri Tanayaya Dheemahi
Gajeshanaya Bhalchandraya Shree Ganeshaya Dheemahi



This is probably one of the best songs made on Lord Ganesha.

Composers: Ajay-Atul
Singer: Shankar Mahadevan
Written by: Shrirang Godbol



Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shakti Ganapati

Shakti Ganapati
Four-armed and seated with one of His shaktis on His knee, Shakti Ganapati, "the Powerful," of orangered hue, guards the householder. He holds a garland, noose and goad, and bestows blessings with the abhaya mudra.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Vira Ganapati

Vira Ganapati
The "Valiant Warrior," Vira Ganapati, assumes a commanding pose. His 16 arms bristle with weapons, symbols of mind powers: a goad, discus, bow, arrow, sword, shield, spear, mace, a battleaxe, a trident and more.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bhakti Ganapati

Bhakti Ganapati
Shining like the full moon during harvest season and garlanded with flowers, Bhakti Ganapati, dear to devotees, is indeed pleasant to look upon. He holds a banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of sweet payasa pudding.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Taruna Ganapati

Taruna Ganapati

Eight-armed, Taruna Ganapati, "the Youthful," holds a noose and goad, modaka, wood apple, rose apple, His broken tusk, a sprig of paddy and a sugar cane stalk. His brilliant red color reflects the blossoming of youth.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bala Ganapati

Bala Ganapati

Bala Ganapati is "the  Childlike" God  of golden hue. In His hands He holds a banana, mango, sugar cane and jack fruit, all representing  the  earth's  abundance  and fertility.  His  trunk  garners  His  favorite sweet, the modaka.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ganesh Aarti - Sukhakarta Dukhaharta (Marathi)



Lyrics

Sukhkarta Dukhaharta Varta Vighnachi
Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi
Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi
Kanthi Jhalake Mal Mukataphalaanchi - 1

Jai dev jai dev Jai mangal murti
Darshan marte maan kamana purti

Ratnakhachita Phara Tujh Gauri Kumra
Chandanaachi Uti Kumkum keshara
Hire jadit Mukut Shobhato Bara
Runjhunati Nupure Charani Ghagriya - 2

Jai dev jai dev Jai mangal murti
Darshan marte maan kamana purti

Lambodar Pitaambar Phanivar vandana
Saral Sond Vakra Tunda Trinayana
Das Ramacha Vat Pahe Sadna
Sankati Pavave Nirvani Rakshave Survar vandana - 3

Jai dev jai dev Jai mangal murti
Darshan marte maan kamana purti


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sankat Naashana Ganapati Stotra


Shri Narada Uvacha:

Pranamya Sirasa devam  Gauri Puthram Vinayakam
Bhaktavasam Smarennithyam  Ayuh Kamartha Siddaye !

Prathamam Vakrathundam cha Ekadantham Dvithiyakam
Thrithiyam Krishna Pingaaksham Gajavakthram Chathurthakam!!

Lambodaram Panchamam cha Shashtam Vikatameva cha
Saptamam Vighna Rajam cha Dhoomravarnam thathashtakam!

Navamam Phala Chandram cha Dasamam thu Vinayakam
Ekadasam Ganapathim Dwadasam thu Gajananam !!

Dwadasaithani Namaani Thri Sandhyam Yah Pathennarah
Na cha Vighna Bhayam thasya Sarva Siddhi karim Prabho!

Vidyarthi Labhate Vidyam
Dhanarthi Labhate Dhanam
Puthrarthi Labhate Putraam
Mokshaarthi Labhate Gatim

Japeth Ganapthi Stotram Shadbhirmaasai Phalam Labheth,
Samvatsarena Siddhim cha Labhate Naathra Samsayaha !

Ashtabhyo Brahmanebhyash cha Likhitwa yah Samarpayeth
Thasya Vidya bhavetsarva Ganeshasya Prasadathaha !!

Iti shri Narada purane sankastanashana Ganesh stotram sampoornam.


:Meaning:


Sri Narada says:

With head bowed, let me unceasingly worship in my mind the god Vinayaka, the son of Gauri,
The refuge of his devotees, for the complete attainment of longevity, amorous desires and wealth.

Firstly, as the one with the twisted trunk. Secondly, as the one with the single tusk.
Thirdly, as the one with the fawn colored eyes. Fourthly, as the one with the elephants mouth.

Fifthly, as the pot-bellied one, Sixthly, as the monstrous one,
Seventhly, as the king of obstacles, Eighthly, as the smoke colored one

Ninethly, as the moon crested one, Tenthly, as the remover of hindrances,
Eleventhly, as the Lord of the hordes, Twelfthly, as the one with the elephants face.

Whosoever repeats these twelve names at dawn, noon and sunset,
for him there is no fear of failure, nay, there is constant good fortune.

He who desires knowledge obtains knowledge.
He who desires wealth obtains wealth.
He who desires sons gets sons.
He who desires salvation obtains the way.

Whosoever mutters the hymn to Ganapati reaches his aim in six months,
and in a year reaches perfection, on this point there is no doubt.

Whosoever makes eight copies of it, and has them distributed to as many brahmans,
he reaches knowledge instantaneously, by the grace of Ganesh.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ganapati in Bhuvaneshwari Temple, Audumbar

Ganapati, Audumbar

This Ganapati is in front of the Bhuveneshwari Temple, Audumbar, Sangli District , Maharashtra.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bagetil Ganapati, Sangli

Bagetla Ganapati, Sangli

This Ganapati in Sangli is known as 'Bagetil Ganapati'. This Ganesha was installed in 1834 by the Shri Chintaman Rao Patwardhan from the Royal Family of Sangli.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Binkhambi Ganapati, Kolhapur

Binkhambi Ganesh, Kolhapur

An architectural wonder, the unique feature of the Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir is that it has been constructed without the use of even a single pillar. In Marathi 'Binkhambi' means without pillars. The Ganesh idol at the Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir was discovered while repairing a well. Although the temple has been built in 1882, the idol is believed to be much older.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hindalga Ganapati, Belgaum

Hindalga Ganesh, Belgaum

The Hindalga Ganesh Temple is in Belgaum, Karnataka. This is also known as Nagtya Ganpati.

This temple is now under the maintenance of the MLIRC. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Karpaka Vinayakar Temple, Pillayarpatti

Karpaka Vinayakar Shrine, Pillayarpatti

Karpaka Vinayakar Shrine at Pillayarpatti near Karaikkudi  at one of the oldest Cave Temples (Rock Cut) temples of Tamilnadu. Pillayarpatti is situated between Pudukkottai and Karaikkudi.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Panchamukhi Ganapati, Bangalore

Panchamukhi Ganapathi, Mahalakshmi Layout, Bangalore.

Panchamukhi Ganapathi, Butter Decoration.

In 1977AD a devotee of Lord Ganesha gave a 1acre land to the Shree Ganesha Trust to construct the temple.  After seven years, Smt. Kamalamma and Shri C. L. Lakshmanaraju sponsored the cost for the Panchamukhi idol of Lord Ganesha. On 6th Feb, 1984 the Ganesh Pratisthanapa happened under the guidance of Shri Shri Shri Abhinava Vidyateertha Swami of Sharatha Peetha Shrungeri.

Panchamukhi Ganesha one of the very famous Ganesha temples in Bangalore.

I would like to thank the temple trust members who provided me with the photograph of the idol to put on this blog.


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lalbaug Ka Raja, Mumbai

Lalbaug Cha Raja

The Mandal, formerly known as 'Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Lalbaug' was founded in the year 1928, because of a vow (Navas) for construction of the present Lalbaug Market at its existing place. The market place at Peru Chawl was shut down in 1932. Hence, the fishermen and vendors who used to sit in the open place vowed to Lord Ganesh for permanent place for their market. With the consistent efforts & support of the then local Councillor-Late Shri. Kuwarji Jethabhai Shah, Dr. V. B. Korgaonkar, Shri.Nakhawa Kokam Mama, Bhausaheb Shinde, Dr.U.A. Rao and the local residents, the landlord Rajabai Tayyabali agreed to give a plot for construction of a market. As fulfillment of their wish, the fisherman and the traders established the Ganesh Idol on 12.09.1934. The idol was dressed in the customary fashion of fisherman. Since that day onwards, this Lord Ganesh has become popular as it fulfills the wishes of devotees. The Mandal was formed in the era when the freedom struggle was at its peak. More information is available on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalbaug

A complete list of all the photographs of Lalbaug Ka Raja is available here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ganesha in Kalika Durgaparameshwari Temple, Bangalore


Ganesha in Kalika Durgaparameshwari Temple, Bangalore


This Ganesha is in one of the small temples in the Shri Kalika Durgaparameshwari (Godess Durga) temple in Vidyaranyapura, Durgadevi Layout, Bangalore.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Idagunji Ganesh

Idagunji Ganesh

Idagunji is a sacred place of Hindu worship in Honnavara taluk of Uttara Kannada (North Canara) district in Karnataka. The famous temple at Idagunji dedicated to Lord Ganapati is the main attraction, receiving more than 1 million devotees per year. Idagunji is about 14 kms southeast of Honnavar.

The two handed Ganapati is holding Modaka and Padma (Lotus) in his hands. According to the legend Lord Ganapati stayed in the place Kunjaranya which is now renowned as Idagunji (Idakuñja). It is said to be a place of penance selected by ancient Rishies (Saints).

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Anegudde Ganesh, Kumbhashi

Anegudde Ganesh, Kumbhashi
Anegudde Ganesh, Kumbhashi
Anegudde is a village in the Kundapura taluq of Udupi district, India. The village is also known as 'Kumbashi' or 'Kumbhashi'. Here, Lord Ganapathi is also called, ‘Siddhi Vinakaya’ and ‘Sarva Siddhi Pradaayaka’, the provider of all boons. People come here with all kinds of wishes. The Lord Vinayaka here is said to fulfill all the wishes of his devotees.

The main sanctum enshrines the magnificent image of Lord Vinayaka, resplendent in silver armor, in a standing posture. The image of Lord Vinayaka is represented with four hands, out of which two are 'Varada Hasta' signifying his preference to grant boons. Two hands point to his feet, as a means to salvation.

Anegudde is considered one of the seven 'mukti sthalas' in coastal Karnataka (Parashurama kshetra). Here Ganapati is viewed as a form of Vishnu.


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Sri Siddhivinayak Temple, Mahim


Shri Siddhivinayak Temple situated in holy land of Maharashtra Mahim east near by railway station. The official website for this temple is http://www.srisiddhivinayaktemple.com/

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ganesh Symbolism

Ganesh Symbolism


  • Big Head - Think Big
  • Large Ears - Listen more
  • Small Eyes - Concentrate
  • Axe - To cut off all bonds of attachment
  • Rope - To pull you nearer to the highest goal
  • Small Mouth - Talk less
  • One Tusk - Retain good and throw away bad
  • Blessing - Blesses and protects on spiritual path to supreme
  • Trunk - High efficiency and Adaptability
  • Large Stomach - Peacefully digest all good and bad in life
  • Modaka - Rewards of Sadhana
  • Prasad - The whole world is at your feet and for your asking
  • Mouse - Desire. Unless under control can cause havoc, you ride the desire and keep it under control and don't allow it to take you for a ride

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Dashbhuja Ganapati, Hedvi



    This is an excellent temple. Name of this Ganesh is 'Dashbhuja Ganapati'. This 'Laxmi – Ganesh Temple' is not only ancient but also rare. This temple may have been erected in the period of Peshwa. The deity has been founded on the top of Mountain. The Ganesh idol has been carved in white stone. Such stones are found in Kashmir region. The specialty of the idol is that this is 3 feet high and it has 10 hands. This majestic idol is on a seat of 2 feet.

    Saturday, October 31, 2009

    Mahaganapati Titwala, Thane



    The Ganesh Temple is located in Titwala of Thane District. This temple at Titwala is more properly known as the Maha Ganesh temple.

    Legend has it that King Dushyant married Shakuntala in the Titwala temple.

    It's believed that original Ganesh idol, was consecrated by the sage Kanva, and disappeared while the adjacent lake was being constructed. The present idol was consecrated by Madhavrao Peshwe.

    Popular folklore and belief has it that if one worships the Titwala Maha Ganesh, one gets married to the person one desires. If the Lord is propitiated with all sincerity and strict religious manner, marital conflicts are settled.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Sarasbaug Ganapati, Pune




    In 1784, Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa built a small temple in Sarasbaug and installed the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan, the God he worshipped.

    The official website of Sarasbaug Ganapati is http://www.sarasbaug.in

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Dholya Ganapati, Wai


    The temple of Dholya Ganapati is located along the Krishna River. It was built in 1762 by Raja Bhoja of the Shilahar dynasty to protect the town. The idol was consecrated in the year 1769 in the Hindu month of Vaishakh shuddha the 13th. It took then a whopping Rs. 1.5 lakh and 10 years of work to complete this temple.

    The temple is made out of finished stone. The inner sanctum is spacious, with a huge hall in the front. A stone floor covers the whole temple. The rear part of the temple is shaped like a fish. This structure proves useful in case of a flood as it protects the temple. The Ganapati idol is carved out of monolith, and is about 10 ft tall and 8 ft wide. The deity is acquired it name Dholya Ganapati from its massive size (In Marathi, Dholya means huge or fat).

    Friday, October 23, 2009

    108 Names of Lord Ganesh

    These are 108 names of Lord Ganesh also referred as Ganesh Astottara Shatanamavali.
    1. Akhuratha: One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
    2. Alampata: Ever Eternal Lord
    3. Amit: Incomparable Lord
    4. Anantachidrupamayam: Infinite and Consciousness Personified
    5. Avaneesh: Lord of the whole World
    6. Avighna: Remover of Obstacles
    7. Balaganapati: Beloved and Lovable Child
    8. Bhalchandra: Moon-Crested Lord
    9. Bheema: Huge and Gigantic
    10. Bhupati: Lord of the Gods
    11. Bhuvanpati: God of the Gods
    12. Buddhinath: God of Wisdom
    13. Buddhipriya: Knowledge Bestower
    14. Buddhividhata: God of Knowledge
    15. Chaturbhuj: One who has Four Arms
    16. Devadeva: Lord! of All Lords
    17. Devantakanashakarin: Destroyer of Evils and Asuras
    18. Devavrata: One who accepts all Penances
    19. Devendrashika: Protector of All Gods
    20. Dharmik: One who gives Charity
    21. Dhoomravarna: Smoke-Hued Lord
    22. Durja: Invincible Lord
    23. Dvaimatura: One who has two Mothers
    24. Ekaakshara: He of the Single Syllable
    25. Ekadanta: Single-Tusked Lord
    26. Ekadrishta: Single-Tusked Lord
    27. Eshanputra: Lord Shiva's Son
    28. Gadadhara: One who has The Mace as His Weapon
    29. Gajakarna: One who has Eyes like an Elephant
    30. Gajanana: Elephant-Faced Lord
    31. Gajananeti: Elephant-Faced Lord
    32. Gajavakra: Trunk of The Elephant
    33. Gajavaktra: One who has Mouth like an Elephant
    34. Ganadhakshya: Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
    35. Ganadhyakshina: Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
    36. Ganapati: Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
    37. Gaurisuta: The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
    38. Gunina: One who is The Master of All Virtues
    39. Haridra: One who is Golden Coloured
    40. Heramba: Mother's Beloved Son
    41. Kapila: Yellowish-Brown Coloured
    42. Kaveesha: Master of Poets
    43. Krti: Lord of Music
    44. Kripalu: Merciful Lord
    45. Krishapingaksha: Yellowish-Brown Eyed
    46. Kshamakaram: The Place of Forgiveness
    47. Kshipra: One who is easy to Appease
    48. Lambakarna: Large-Eared Lord
    49. Lambodara: The Huge Bellied Lord
    50. Mahabala: Enormously Strong Lord
    51. Mahaganapati: Omnipotent and Supreme Lord
    52. Maheshwaram: Lord of The Universe
    53. Mangalamurti: All Auspicious Lord
    54. Manomay: Winner of Hearts
    55. Mrityuanjaya: Conqueror of Death
    56. Mundakarama: Abode of Happiness
    57. Muktidaya: Bestower of Eternal Bliss
    58. Musikvahana: One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
    59. Nadapratithishta: One who Appreciates and Loves Music
    60. Namasthetu: Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
    61. Nandana: Lord Shiva's Son
    62. Nideeshwaram: Giver of Wealth and Treasures
    63. Omkara: One who has the Form Of OM
    64. Pitambara: One who has Yellow-Coloured Body
    65. Pramoda: Lord of All Abodes
    66. Prathameshwara: First Among All
    67. Purush: The Omnipotent Personality
    68. Rakta: One who has Red-Coloured Body
    69. Rudrapriya: Beloved Of Lord Shiva
    70. Sarvadevatman: Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
    71. Sarvasiddhanta: Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
    72. Sarvatman: Protector of The Universe
    73. Shambhavi: The Son of Parvati
    74. Shashivarnam: One who has a Moon like Complexion
    75. Shoorpakarna: Large-Eared Lord
    76. Shuban: All Auspicious Lord
    77. Shubhagunakanan: One who is The Master of All Virtues
    78. Shweta: One who is as Pure as the White Colour
    79. Siddhidhata: Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
    80. Siddhipriya: Bestower of Wishes and Boons
    81. Siddhivinayaka: Bestower of Success
    82. Skandapurvaja: Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik)
    83. Sumukha: Auspicious Face
    84. Sureshwaram: Lord of All Lords
    85. Swaroop: Lover of Beauty
    86. Tarun: Ageless
    87. Uddanda: Nemesis of Evils and Vices
    88. Umaputra: The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)
    89. Vakratunda: Curved Trunk Lord
    90. Varaganapati: Bestower of Boons
    91. Varaprada: Granter of Wishes and Boons
    92. Varadavinayaka: Bestower of Success
    93. Veeraganapati: Heroic Lord
    94. Vidyavaridhi: God of Wisdom
    95. Vighnahara: Remover of Obstacles
    96. Vignaharta: Demolisher of Obstacles
    97. Vighnaraja: Lord of All Hindrances
    98. Vighnarajendra: Lord of All Obstacles
    99. Vighnavinashanaya: Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
    100. Vigneshwara: Lord of All Obstacles
    101. Vikat: Huge and Gigantic
    102. Vinayaka: Lord of All
    103. Vishwamukha: Master of The Universe
    104. Vishwaraja: King of The World
    105. Yagnakaya: Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrificial Offerings
    106. Yashaskaram: Bestower of Fame and Fortune
    107. Yashvasin: Beloved and Ever Popular Lord
    108. Yogadhipa: The Lord of Meditation

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    32 Forms of Lord Ganesh


    Following are the 32 forms of Lord Ganesh.
    1. Bala Ganapati
    2. Taruna Ganapati
    3. Bhakti Ganapati
    4. Vira Ganapati
    5. Shakti Ganapati
    6. Dvija Ganapati
    7. Siddhi Ganapati
    8. Ucchhishta Ganapati
    9. Vighna Ganapati
    10. Kshipra Ganapati
    11. Heramba Ganapati
    12. Lakshmi Ganapati
    13. Maha Ganapati
    14. Vijaya Ganapati
    15. Nritya Ganapati
    16. Urdhva Ganapati
    17. Ekakshara Ganapati
    18. Varada Ganapati
    19. Tryakshara Ganapati
    20. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati
    21. Haridra Ganapati
    22. Ekadanta Ganapati
    23. Srishti Ganapati
    24. Uddanda Ganapati
    25. Rinamochana Ganapati
    26. Dhundhi Ganapati
    27. Dvimukha Ganapati
    28. Trimukha Ganapati
    29. Sinha Ganapati
    30. Yoga Ganapati
    31. Durga Ganapati
    32. Sankatahara Ganapati
    More information about these forms is available at:

    Monday, October 19, 2009

    Maha Ganpati, Ranjangao (Ashtavinayak)


    Shri Mahaganapati Vinayak temple is in Ranjangao. Ranjangao is 50km from Pune, Maharashtra on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway.

    The idol faces the east, is seated in a cross-legged position with a broad forehead, with its trunk pointing to the left.

    Saturday, October 17, 2009

    Girijatmaj, Lenyadri (Ashtavinayak)


    Shri Girijatmaj Vinayak refers to the Ganesh as the son of Parvati. Girija is another name for Parvati and Atamaj means son. This is the only temple of the Ashtavinayak which is on a mountain and is set in a Buddhist cave-temple (also known as known as Ganesh Gufa).

    The idol faces north with its trunk to the left, and has to be worshiped from the rear of the temple.  This idol can be worshiped by anyone. There is no electric bulb in the temple. The temple is constructed such that during the day it is always lighted up by the sun-rays!

    The temple is situated 12 km from Narayangaon, which is about 94 km from Pune on the Pune-Nashik highway. Nearest railway station is Talegaon.

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Chintamani Vinayak, Tehur (Ashtavinayak)


    Shri Chintamani Vinayak, one of the Ashtavinayak is in Tehur in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. The idol of Chintamani is purvabhimukha (facing east) and its eyes are studded with precious stones.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Mayureshwar, Morgaon (Ashtavinayak)



    Shree Mayureshvara (also called as Moreshwara) Ashtavinayak temple is at Morgaon. Morgaon is at the distance of 64 kms from Pune, Maharashtra, next to the river Karha in the village of Moregaon.

    The idol of Lord Ganesha, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot. The idol, with its trunk turned to the left, has a cobra (Nagaraja) poised over it protecting it. This form of Ganesha also has two other murtis of Siddhi (Capability) and Buddhi (Intelligence).

    However, this is not the original idol which is said to have been consecrated twice by Brahma, once before and once after being destroyed by the asura Sindhurasur. The original murti, smaller in size and made of atoms of sand, iron, and diamonds, was supposedly enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas and placed behind the one that is currently worshiped.

    Sunday, October 11, 2009

    Siddhivinayak, Siddhtek (Ashtavinayak)

    The Siddhivinayak Ashtavinayak Temple is at Siddhtek a remote little village along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar district and Karjat tehsil in Maharashtra.

    The deity of this temple is swayambhu, three feet high and two and a half feet wide, facing north. The trunk of the deity is turned towards the right. A Ganpati with the trunk turned to the right is considered to be the dynamic form of Ganpati. The statue is in one corner of a hillock.

    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Varad Vinayak, Mahad (Ashtavinayak)

    Varad Vinayak, one of the Ashtavinayak temple is in Mahad village set in the hilly region of Konkan in the Raigarh district and the Khalapur Taluka of Maharastra.

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009

    Shri Vighneshwar, Ozhar (Ashtavinayak)

    Shri Vighneshwar, Ozhar

    Vighneshwara's temple is situated on the banks of river Kukadi. Among Ashtavinayak places   Ozhar Vighneshwara Temple is the only temple with golden dome and pinnacle and was built in 1833.


    Here are some beautiful images of Vighneshwara of Ozhar sent by Ameya Mungale.

    Shri Vighneshwara, Ozhar
    Shri Vighneshwara Temple at night


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    Monday, October 5, 2009

    Ballaleshvara of Pali (Ashtavinayak)

    Ballaleshvara at Pali is one among the Ashtavinayak (Eight temples of Lord Ganesha in Maharashtra). Ballaleshwar idol is 3 feet high and it faces east and its trunk turns towards the left. The navel and eyes of the idol are studded with precious stones. Lord Ganesh in this aspect appeared as a Brahmin and so this is one of those rare statues where Ganesh is shown wearing clothes as Brahmins do. On both sides of the idol are statues of Riddhi and Siddhi.




    Saturday, October 3, 2009

    Sasivekalu Ganesha, Hampi


    Sasivekalu Ganesha is located on the southern foothill of the Hemakuta Hill in Hampi. This monolithic statue carved out of a huge boulder measures about 2.4 meters (8 feet). An open pavilion is build around the statue.

    Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Kadalekalu Ganesha, Hampi


    This giant statue of Ganesh was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill in Hampi. This 4.5 meters (15 feet) tall statue is one among the largest sculptures in Hampi. 

     

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Ganesha, Gonnagar


    This idol is in one of the Ganesha temple in Gonnagar near Ramdurga.

    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Ganesha, Gonnagar


    This Ganesha idol is in Gonnagar, a place near Ramdurg. It is placed below the tree which was planted by Shri Chidambareshwara Swami about 205 years back after the completion of the great Soma Yaga.

    Friday, September 25, 2009

    Dodda Ganesha, Bangalore

    Dodda Ganesha, Bangalore

    Dodda Ganesha temple is near the Bull temple in Bangalore.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Monday, September 21, 2009

    Ganesha in the trunk of a tree, Audumbar

    Ganesha in the trunk of a tree, Audumbar

    In Audumbar (near Sangli in Maharashtra, India) a Ganesh figure appeared in the trunk of a tree. Local Ganesh devotees have built a temple around that tree.