Monday, November 30, 2009

Ganesh Aarti - Sukhakarta Dukhaharta (Marathi)


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.


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

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

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.