Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ganesh Aarti - Jai Ganesh Deva (Hindi)


Lyrics

Jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh deva
Mata jaki Parvati, pita Mahadeva.

Ek dant dayavant, char bhuja dhari
Mathe par tilak sohe, muse ki savari
Pan chadhe, phul chadhe, aur chadhe meva
Ladduan ka bhog lage, sant kare seva.

Jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh deva,
Mata jaki Parvati, pita Mahadeva.

Andhan ko ankh det, kodhin ko kaya
Banjhan ko putra det, nirdhan ko maya
Surya shaam sharan aye, safal kije seva.

Jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh deva,
Mata jaki Parvati, Pita Mahadeva.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesh
Ganesh or Vinayak Chaturty is one of the most popular festivals in India. This festival is celebrated as the birth day of Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

Birth of Lord Ganesh
Once, while Lord Shiva was away from Kailasa fighting the demons, Parvati created a boy with her divine powers and asked him to protect him the house and not to allow any one to enter into the house without her permission. One day while Parvati was taking bath, Lord Shiva returned from the war and while he was about to enter into the house, a young boy stopped him at the door and did not allow him into the house. Lord Shiva tried to convince the boy to let him into the house but all went in vain. The stubbornness of the boy made Lord Shiva very angry and he beheaded the boy with his trident and entered the house.

Parvati grieved  when she came to know that her son was killed by Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva soon realized that the boy was created by Parvati, to pacify Parvati, he ordered his army to go in the South direction and get the head of the first creature they see. Shiva's army headed in the South direction as per the Lord's command brought the head of a baby elephant. Lord Shiva placed it on the body of the boy and brought him to life, bestowed the powers of a God and blessed him that henceforth no activity will begin without invoking your name and blessings. The boy was then named the Adhipati (Deity) of the Lord Shiva's army (Gana),  hence the name Ganapati or Ganesh.

Gaj means elephant and anan means head, so Parvati's son is known as Gajanan.

Rituals and Celebrations
Even though Ganesh Chaturthy celebration starts on the fourth day of the Hindu calendar month of  Bhaadrapada (between August 15th to September 20th), the preparation of the festivals starts 3-4 months in advance. Artists start creating the Lord Ganesh idols months in advance so that the demand can be met on the festival day. Traditionally the idols used to be made of clay and painted with natural colors, but to make the idols look more beautiful, people started creating the idols with Plaster of Paris and use synthetic paint.

Generally a priest guides,  an elderly person in the family performs the pooja. The place where the Ganesh idol is placed for the pooja is cleaned and nicely decorated.

The Ganesh Chaturthi pooja is done as follows:
  • Pooja starts with the installation of a Ganesh idol (Pran Pratisthapana) followed by Shhodashopachara (16 ways of paying tribute). While performing the pooja, Vedic hymns from the Rig Veda, the Ganapati Atharva Shirsha Upanishad, and the Ganesha stotra from the Narada Purana are chanted.
  • Lord Ganesh's idol is decorated with with Various type of Flowers, 21 type of Patries (leaves) and 21 Durva grass (Cynodon dactylon)
  • Doopa (fragrant Ayurvedic fumigant) Aarti is performed
  • Naivedyam is offered to lord Ganesh. The main item in the Naivedyam for Ganesh Chaturthi is Modak
  • Deepa Aarti and Karpoor (Camphor) Aarti are performed
  • Prarthana (Prayer) is done
Depending upon the family tradition, the Pooja of Lord Ganesh's idol is done for 1, 3, 5, 7 or 11 days. Generally the community Ganesh pooja is done for 11 days. 

On the last day, Uttara pooja is done before immersing the Lord Ganesh's idol in to sea or river or a water well. 

Ganesh Chaturthy as Public Festival
Before 1893AD, Ganesh Chaturthy used to be a important festival in Maharashtra. The great freedom fighter and social reformer, Lokamanya Balgandadhar Tilak recognized the wide appeal of Lord Ganesh as every ones god and transformed the annual festival into a large, well-organized public event. The main purpose behind this was to bring unity among the people from different communities and to create the nationalist fervency among the people of Maharashtra against the British. Later this went on to become a major community celebrated festival in Maharashtra and other parts of India.

Some of the oldest and famous Community Ganesh mandals are

  • Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganapati, Pune - Established in 1893AD
  • Kasba Ganpati, Pune - Established in 1893AD
  • Kesariwada Ganpati, Pune - Established in 1893AD
  • Tulsibaug Ganapati, Pune - Established in 1901AD
  • Zenda Chowk Ganesh Utsav Mandal, Belgaum - Established in 1906AD
  • Lalbagcha Raja, Mumbai -  Established in 1934AD
  • Khetwadicha Raja, Mumbai - Established in 1970AD

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kadyawarcha Ganpati, Anjarle, Dapoli

This Ganesh temple is at Anjarle village in Dapoli taluka, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. Anjarle is famous for the "Kadyawarcha Ganpati" (Ganesh temple situated on a cliff). This ancient and magnificent Ganesh temple was originally constructed using wooden pillars in around 1150AD. It was renovated during the period between 1768 and 1780. At one time, people used to cross Anjarle creek (Jog River) in a boat and then climb the hill using steps that go through the Anjarle village. Recently a bridge has been constructed and you can take your vehicle right up to the entrance of the temple.

Kadyawarcha Ganpati, Anjarle, Dapoli 
Image Credit: Deepak Amembal

The Ganesh idol is right-sided. This means that its trunk curves towards the right, ("Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati") which is very rare. Kadyawarcha Ganpati is the live deity (a jagrut daiwat) who responds to distress calls of common people (called as 'Nawsala pavnara Ganpati' in Marathi).



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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ganesh Aarti - Vighna Harta Tumhe Pranam (Hindi)



Vakratund mahaakaay surya koti samprabh
Nirvignam kurumedev sarva kaaryeshu sarvada

Om gan ganpate namah - 4
Vignharta, mangalkarta - 2
Ganapati baappa tumhe pranaam - 2
Vign vinaayak sab sukhdaayak - 2
Ganapati baappa tumhe pranaam - 2
Om gan ganpate namah - 4
Vignharta, mangalkarta - 2
Ganapati baappa tumhe pranaam - 2
Vign vinaayak sab sukhdaayak - 2
Ganapati baappa tumhe pranaam - 3

Ajar amar hai naam tera, sankatharta naam hai tera
Gan gan ganapati gajmukh mandal, vign haran, gauri ke nandan, ek dant annadha
Hum hai baalak, tu jad paalak - 2
Puje sab tujhe hey vinaayak - 2
Om gan ganpate namah - 4
vignharta, mangalkarta - 2
Ganapati baappa tumhe pranaam - 3
Ganesha o ganesha devo ke dev ganesha - 2
Jai ganesh jai ganesh deva - 4
Sabse pehle puja jaata, tu hai sabka bhaagya vidhaata
Tu bhakto ka paalanhaara - 2
Uma mahesha ka tu hai dulhaara - 2
Om gan ganpate namah - 4
Vignharta, mangalkarta - 2
Ganapati baappa tumhe pranaam - 2) - 2
Om gan ganpate namah.............


Movie Name: My Friend Ganesha (2007)
Singer: Pamela Jain, Roopkumar Rathod
Music Director: Laxmi-Vasant
Lyrics: Ravi Jain
Year: 2007

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shri Ganesh in Tekdi Temple, Sitabardi, Nagpur

Ganesh in Tekadi Temple, Nagpur
Image taken from http://bit.ly/9OXXMi

Shri Ganesh Tekdi Temple is situated in Sitabardi, Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is one of the ancient temples of Nagpur and is about 250 years old. The presiding deity here is Tekdi Ganapati (Lord Ganesh). This temple resides on a hill, in Marathi ‘Tekdi’ means ‘hill’, so the name Tekdi Temple.

The idol is believed to be swayambhu and is beautifully decorated with golden and silver ornaments. It is about four feet tall.



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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ganesh on Nandi Hills, Bangalore

This Ganesh is in a small temple on top Nandi Hills next to the Nandikeshwara temple.

Ganesh on Nandihills


Ganesh temple on Nandihills

Nandi Hills is a mere 60 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Nandi Hills offers a surprise of breathtaking scenic beauty and excellent climatic condition. Situated in the Chikkaballapur Taluk of Kolar District in Karnataka, Nandi Hills, at the height of 4851 feet above sea level is, the most popular picnic spot.

More details about Nandihills are available at:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ganesh in Mahalakshmi Temple, Sulebhavi

This Ganesh is in the Mahalakshmi Temple in Sulebhavi near Belgaum, Karnataka, INDIA.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ganesh in Nandikeshwar temple, Nandihills, Bangalore

This Ganesh is in the Nandikeshwar temple on top of Nandihills. Nandihills is just 45 km from the city of Bangalore.

Ganesh in Nandikeshwara Temple, Nandihills.

Nandikeshwara Temple, Nandihills.

Entrance of Nandikeshwara Temple, Nandihills.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ganesh designs on vehicles - 1

These are some of the designs of Lord Ganesh that I have seen on vehicles and most of the photos are taken with my mobile camera.




Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ganesh in Gandhinagar, Bangalore

Ganesh in Gandhinagar, Bangalore.

This Ganesh is in a very small temple in Gandhinagar, Bangalore next to Sapna bookhouse.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dashabhuja Ganapati, Shriram Nagar, Belgaum

Dashabhuja Ganapati, Belgaum

This Dashabhuja Ganapati is in Shriram Nagar on Air port road, Belgaum.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ganapati in Ganapat Galli, Belgaum

Ganapati in Ganapat Galli, Belgaum

This Ganesh is in a temple on the Ganapat Galli (Street) main road, Belgaum, Karnataka, India.




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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Balamuri Ganesh in Rajajinagar, Bangalore

Balamuri Ganapati, Rajajinagar, Bangalore

Balamuri Ganapati temple is near the State Bank of India branch in Manjunathnagar, Rajajinagar 5th Block,  Bangalore. This temple is very close to the famous Ram Mandir in Rajajinagar, Bangalore.



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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ganesh Temple in Sulebhavi, Belgaum

Ganesh in Sulebhavi, Belgaum

Ganesh Temple in Sulebhavi. Belgaum

This Ganesh temple is on the way to the famous Mahalakshmi temple of Sulebhavi, Belgaum.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Asthavinayak Vandana

Astha Vinayak Vandana


Shri Asthavinayak Vandana

Swasti Shri Gananayakam Gajamukham Moreshwara Siddhidam Ballalam Murudum

Vinayaka Maham Chintamanim Thevaram | Lenyadrim Girijatmajam Suvaradam

Vighneshwara Ojharam Grame Ranjananamake Ganapatihi

|| Kuryat Sada Mangalam ||

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ganesha in Kurumariamma Devi Temple, Bangalore

Ganesha in Kurumarimma Devi Temple, Bangalore

Ganesh in Kurumariamma Devi Temple, 14th Cross, Mahalakshmi Layout, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA.



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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shree Abhaya Mahaganapati, Kukke

Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi, Kukke

It is situates on the left side of the main road to Kumaradhara, about 0.45 KM from the main temple. It is one of the biggest monolithic statues of Ganapati. It is 21 feet tall. The architecture of the shrine is in Nepali style.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Siddha Ganapati, Gokarna

Siddha Ganapati, Gokarna

Gokarna Ganapati Temple is one of the famous and very old Siddha Ganapati shrines in the State. The temple has a 5 ft tall idol of Lord Ganapati in the form of a young Brahmin. It is in the same premises as the Gokarna Mahabaleshwar. It was here that Lord Ganapati disguised as a young Brahmin and secured the sacred shivling from the hands of the demon Ravana. It is considered auspicious to offer worship here before proceeding to visit Gokarna Mahabaleshwar.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shri Navshya Ganapati, Anandvalli, Nashik

Shri Navshya Ganapati, Anandvalli, Nashik
The Navshya Ganapati Temple at Anandvalli in Nashik on Gangapur-Someshwar road and has history of around 300-400 years. The temple was built at the time of Peshvas. The Ganapati Idol is famous amongst its followers as 'Navashya' because it is said that he grants all wishes of anyone who comes to him, Ganapati answers to the offerings in prayers ('navas') and thousands of followers have experienced this act of god.

In the year 1774 Raghoba Peshava and his wife Anandibai built this temple. Shreemant Madhavrao Peshve and Matoshri Gopikabai were also devotees of Shri Navshya Ganapati.

On 15th August 1764, Raghoba Peshava and his wife Anandibai had a son who was named Vinayak. On that day the village was named Anandvalli and work started for building the temple. The temple is situated on the banks of river Godavari.

The idol is very attractive and its eyes are very lively.

Raghoba Peshava also constructed a palace at Anandvalli. In year 1818 the palace was destroyed by British Empire however the temples were untouched.

Reference: http://navshyaganapati.com


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Ganesh Photo

Ganesh

This Ganesh is in a small temple near Pragati Nursing home, Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Incarnations of Lord Ganesh

The following are the four incarnations of Ganesh as per the Kridakhanda of the Ganesha Purana.
  1. Mahotkata Vinayaka (Mahotkaţa Vināyaka), who has ten arms and a red complexion. Different sources list his mount (vāhana) as either an elephant or lion. He was born to Kashyapa (Kaśyapa) and Aditi in the Krita yuga. The name Kāśyapa (descendant of Kaśyapa) for Ganesha refers to this incarnation. This incarnation killed the demon brothers Narantaka (Narāntaka) and Devantaka (Devāntaka), as well as the demon Dhumraksha (Dhūmrākşa).
  2. Mayuresvara (Mayūreśvara), who has six arms and a white complexion. His mount is a peacock. He was born to Shiva and Parvati in the Treta yuga. He incarnates for the purpose of killing the demon Sindhu. At the end of this incarnation he gives his peacock mount to his younger brother Skanda, with whom the peacock mount is generally associated.
  3. Gajanana (Gajānana), who has four arms and was born with a red complexion. He has a mouse as his mount. He is born to Shiva and Parvati in the Dvapara yuga. He incarnates for the purpose of killing the demon Sindura (Sindūra), who was so-named due to his reddish-pink complexion (see: Sindoor). It is during this incarnation that Ganesha gives the discourse known as the Ganesha Gita to King Varenya.
  4. Dhumraketu (Dhūmraketu) is grey in colour, like ash or smoke (dhūmra). He has either two or four arms. He has a blue horse as his mount. He will come to end the decline of the Kali yuga. During this incarnation he kills numerous demons. Grimes notes that there is a parallel between this incarnation of Ganesha and the tenth and final incarnation of Vishnu, where he will ride upon the white horse Kalki.

The following are the eight incarnations of Lord Ganesh as per the Mudgala Purana.
  1. Vakratunda (Vakratuṇḍa) ("twisting trunk"), first in the series, represents the absolute as the aggregate of all bodies, an embodiment of the form of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Matsaryāsura (envy, jealousy). His mount (vāhana) is a lion.
  2. Ekadanta ("single tusk") represents the aggregate of all individual souls, an embodiment of the essential nature of Brahman. the purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Madāsura (arrogance, conceit). His mount is a mouse.
  3. Mahodara ("big belly") is a synthesis of both Vakratuṇḍa and Ekadanta. It is the absolute as it enters into the creative process. It is an embodiment of the wisdom of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Mohāsura (delusion, confusion). His mount is a mouse.
  4. Gajavaktra (or Gajānana) ("elephant face") is a counterpart to Mahodara. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Lobhāsura (greed). His mount is a mouse.
  5. Lambodara ("pendulous belly") is the first of four incarnations that correspond to the stage where the Purāṇic gods are created. Lambodara corresponds to Śakti, the pure power of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Krodhāsura (anger). His mount is a mouse.
  6. Vikata (Vikata) ("unusual form", "misshapen") corresponds to Sūrya. He is an embodiment of the illuminating nature of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Kāmāsura (lust). His mount is a peacock.
  7. Vighnaraja (Vighnarāja) ("king of obstacles"), corresponds to Visnu. He is an embodiment of the preserving nature of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Mamāsura (possessiveness). His mount is the celestial serpent Śesa.
  8. Dhumravarna (Dhūmravarna) ("grey color") corresponds to Śiva. He is an embodiment of the destructive nature of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Abhimanāsura (pride, attachment). His mount is a horse.

Reference:
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha_Purana
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudgala_Purana

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sankatahara Ganapati

Sankatahara Ganapati

Sankatahara Ganapati, "the Dispeller of Sorrow," is of sunlike hue, dressed in blue, and seated on a red lotus flower. He holds a bowl of pudding, a goad and a noose while gesturing the boongranting varada mudra.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Durga Ganapati

Durga Ganapati

Durga Ganapati, the "Invincible," waves the flag of victory over darkness. This splendid murti is of deep gold hue, dressed in red, holding a bow and arrow, noose and goad, prayer beads, broken tusk and a rose apple.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Yoga Ganapati

Yoga Ganapati

Yoga Ganapati is absorbed in mantra japa, His knees strapped in meditative pose, hands holding a yoga staff, sugar cane stalk, a noose and prayer beads. His color is like the morning sun. Blue garments adorn His form.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sinha Ganapati

Sinha Ganapati

Sinha Ganapati, white in color, rides a lion and displays another lion in one hand, symbolizing strength and fearlessness. He also holds a kalpavriksha sprig, the vina, a lotus blossom, flower bouquet and a pot of jewels.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Trimukha Ganapati

Trimukha Ganapati

Trimukha Ganapati, the contemplative "three-faced" Lord of red hue, sits on a golden lotus, telling His beads, holding a noose, goad and vessel of nectar. He gestures protection with a right hand and blessings with a left.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dvimukha Ganapati

Dvimukha Ganapati

Dvimukha Ganapati, called Janus by the Romans, with two divergent faces, sees in all directions. His blue-green form is dressed in red silk. He wears a bejeweled crown and holds a noose, goad, His tusk and a pot of gems.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dhundhi Ganapati

Dhundhi Ganapati

Red-hued Dhundhi Ganapati, "the Sought After," holds a strand of rudraksha beads, His broken tusk, an axe and a small pot of precious gems thought to represent the treasury of awakenings He saves for all ardent devotees.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rinamochana Ganapati

Rinamochana Ganapati

Rinamochana Ganapati is humanity's liberator from guilt and bondage. His figure of alabaster skin is apparel in red silks. He bears a noose and a goad, His milk-white tusk and a favorite fruit, the rose apple.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ganesha in Munnar

Ganesh In Munnar

Ganesha in Munnar on the General Hospital Road.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ganapati in Ganapati Peth, Sangli

Ganapati in Ganapati Peth, Sangli

This Ganapati temple in Sangli is one of the famous temples in south Maharashtra for its artistic construction. The temple is built out of black stone made available from the hills of Jyotiba. The premise of the temple is huge, covering a sprawling two acres. It comprises of a platform, an excellent hall and a nagarkhana. The door of the sanctum is carved out of different colored natural wood. The idol of Lord Ganesh was consecrated in the central temple in 1843. The temple is located on eastern bank of river Krishna.

The poojamurti of the Lord is made out of copper and is astride a lion. The utsavmurti is very beautiful and taller than the poojamurti. It is located in such a way that it is visible from any road in Ganapati Peth. On some specific days, the dawning sun's rays illuminate the idol's face.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ganesh Chalisa




(Meaning of each stanza is in bold)

JAI JAI VANDANA BHUVANA
NANDANA GAURI GANESHA
DUKHA DVANDVANA PHANDANA HARANA
SUNDARA SUVANA MAHESHA

Glory, glory, all glory toyou, O Ganesha; to you the whole world pays
homage, for you are the delight ofGauri and the charming son of
Shiva. You are the extirpator of all pairs ofcontraries (such as joy
and sorrow, birth and death, attraction and repulsion,etc.) and
deliver from them.

JAYATI SHAMBHU-SUTAGAURI-NANDANA
VIGHNA HARANA NAASANA BHAVA-PHADANA
JAI GANANAYAKA JANASUKHA DAAYAKA
VISHWA VINAAYAKA BUDDHI-VIDHAAYAKA

Glory to you, O son ofShambhu and delight of Gauri, you are the
destroyer of all obstacles anddeliverer of all from the cycle of
birth and death. Glory to you, O leader ofShiva's henchmen, bestower
of happiness on all your votaries, teacher of all,and operator of the
intellect!

EKA RADANA GAJABADANA VIRAAJATA
VAKRATUNDA SHUCHI SHUNDA SUSAJATA
TILAKA TRIPUNDA BHAALA SHASHI SOHATA
CHABI SAKHI SURA NARA MUNI MANA MOHATA

O Ganesha (Vakratunda),resplendent is the only tusk which you have on
your elephant face andwell-adorned is your sacred trunk; the crescent-
shaped triple mark on yourforehead is as beautiful as the moon, and
the celestials, men and ascetics whobehold your loveliness cannot off
its spell.

URA MANI-MAALASARORUHA LOCHANA
RATNA MUKUTA SIRA SOCHA VIMOCHANA
KARA KUTHAARA SHUCHI SUBHAGA TRISHULAM
MODAKA BOGA SUGANDHITA PHUULAM

On your bosom is a garlandof jewels, in your eyes the beauty of the
full-blown lotus and on your head acrown of gems. You deliver your
devotees from anxiety and wield a sacred axe anda beautiful trident
in your hands. Sweet laddus among delicacies and fragrantblossoms
among flowers are your favourites.

SUNDARA PITAAMBARATANA SAAJITA
CHARANA PAADUKAA MUNI MANA RAAJITA
DHANI SHIVA-SUVANA BHUVANA SUKHA DAATAA
GAURII-LALANA SHADAANANA BHRAATAA

Blessed are you, OKaartikeya's brother and beloved son of Shiva and
Gauri; elegantly attired ina beautiful yellow silken dress and
wearing a pair of wooden sandals all studdedwith gems on your feet,
you are the source of all the blessings of the world.

RIDDHI SIDDHI TAVACHANVARA SUDHAARAHIN
MUUSHAKA VAAHANA SOHITA DVAARAHIN
TAVA MAHIMAA KO VARNE PAARAA
JANMA CHARITRA VICHITRA TUMHAARAA

Both prosperity andaccomplishment wave royal whisks (chowries) over
you (as if they werechowrie-burdars) and your vehicle, the mouse,
adds to your splendour at yourdoor. As the story of your life is so
strange and mysterious, who can venture todescribe your magnificence,
which passes all telling?

EKA ASURA SHIVA-RUUPABANAAVAI
GAURIIHIN CHALANA HETU TAHAM AAVAI
YAHA KAARANA TE SHRI SHIVA-PYAARII
NIJA TANA-MAILA MUURTI RACHI DAARII

A demon, disguised as Shiva,often came there to delude Gauri in order
to foil his design, Gauri, the belovedconsort of Shiva created a
divine form from the scurf of her body.

SO NIJA SUTA KARIGRIHA RAKHAVAARE
DVAARAPAALA SAMA TEHIN BAITHAARE
JABAHIN SVAYAM SHRI SHIVA TAHAN AAYE
BINU PAHICHANA JAANA NAHIN PAAYE

Asking her son to keepwatch, she stationed him at the palace-door
like a doorkeeper. When Shivahimself came there, he, being
unrecognised was denied entrance into the house.

PUUCHYO SHIVA HOKINAKE LAALAA
BOLATA BHE TUMA VACHANA RASAALAA
MAIN HUN GAURII-SUTA SUNI LIIJAI
AAGE PAGA NA BHAVANA HITA DIIJAI

Shiva asked: Tell me, who isyour father?In a voice sweet as honey,
you replied, Hearken, sir, I am Gauri'sson; don't you dare advance
even a step beyond this point.

AAVAHIN MAATU BUUJHITABA JAAO
BAALAKA SE JANI BAATA BARHAAO
CHALANA CHAHYO SHIVA BACHANA NA MAANYO
TABA HVAI KRUDDHA YUDDHA TUMA THAANYO

" O Sir! Let me take mymother's permission before I allow you to go
inside; wrangling with a merestripling like me will be of no avail."
Not listening to your behest, Shivaattempted to rush towards the
house, which so vexed you that you, waxingfurious, threw the gauntlet
down.

TATKSHANA NAHI KACHUSHAMBHU BICHAATYO
GAHI TRISHULA BHUULA VASHA MAARYO
SHIRIISA PHUULA SAMA SIRA KATI GAYAUU
CHATA URI LOPA GAGANA MAHAM BHAYAUU

In a fit of rage, Shivapicked up his trident and driven by delusion
hurled it on you. Your head, tenderlike the Shirisa flower was
severed and instantly it soared into the sky anddisappeared there.

GAYO SHAMBHU JABABHAVANA MANJHAARII
JAHAN BAITHII GIRIRAAJA-KUMAARII
PUUCHE SHIVA NIJA MANA MUSKAAYE
KAHAHU SATII SUTA KAHAN TE JAAYE

When Shiva went happilyinside where Gauri, daughter of the Mountain
king was sitting, he smilinglyasked, Tell me, Sati how did you give
birth to son?

KHULIGE BHEDA KATHAASUNI SAARII
GIRII VIKALA GIRIRAAJA DULAARI
KIYO NA BHALA SVAAMII ABA JAAO
LAAO SHISA JAHAAN SE PAAO

On hearing the wholeepisode, the mystery cleared. Gauri, though
daughter of the great mountain King(celebrated for immobility) was so
moved and distraught that she fell to theground and said, " You have
done me a great disfavour, my Lord; Now go andfetch the severed head
of my son from wherever you find it!"

CHALYO VISHNU SANGASHIVA VIGYANI
MILYO NA SO HASTIIHIN SIRA AANII
DHARA UUPARA STITHA KARA DIINHYON
PRAANA-VAAYUSANCHAALANA KIINHYON

Shiva, expert in all skills,took his departure accompanied by Vishnu,
but having failed to find the head,they brought one of an elephant
and placed it upon the trunk and breathed lifeinto it.

SHRI GANESHA SHIVANAAMA DHARAAYO
VIDYAA BUDDHI AMARA VARA PAAYO
BHE PRABHU PRATAHAMA PUUJYA SUKHADAAYAKA
VIGHNA VINAASHAKA BUDDHI VIDHAAYAKA

It was Lord Shiva who namedyou Shri Ganesha and blessed you with
knowledge, wisdom and immortality. You areO Lord, the first among
those who are worshipped; you bring joy to the faithful,destroy all
obstructions and cause the operation of the intellect.

PRATHAMAHIN NAAMALETA TAVA JOII
JAGA KAHAN SAKALA KAAJA SIDHA HOII
SUMIRAHIN TUMAHIN MILAHIN SUKHA NAANAA
BINU TAVA KRIPAA NA KAHUN KALYAANAA

Whosoever remembers youbefore embarking on any mission finds all his
tasks accomplished in the world.The very remembrance of your name
brings all happiness without yourall-pardoning grace there is no
security and well being anywhere in the world.

TUMHARAHIN SHAAPABHAYO JAGA ANKITA
BHAADAVAN CHAUTHII CHANDRA AKALANKITA
JABAHIN PARIIKSHA SHIVA TUHIIN LIINHAA
PRADAKSHINAA PRITHVII KAHI DIINHAA

Cursed by you, the moon'sface was tarnished with the black reflection
of the earth as it appears on thefourth day in the bright half of
Bhaadrapada (Bhaado), which none would dare tolook at. When Shiva
wanted to test you (your might and intelligence) he askedyou to
circumnavigate the earth.

SADMUKHA CHALYOMAYUURA URAAII
BAITHI RACHE TUMA SAHAJA UPAAII
RAAMA NAAMA MAHI PARA LIKHI ANKAA
KIINHA PRADAKSHINAA TAJI MANA SHAMKAA

While Sadmukha (your brotherKaartikeya) went flying on his peacock,
you adopted an easier course) withoutbudging, you scribbled the name
of Raama on the ground and abandoning allmisgivings, circumnavigated
it.

SHRIPITU-MAATU-CHARANA DHARI LIINHYO
TAA KAHAN SAATA PRADAKSHINAA KIINHYO
PRITHVII PARIKRAMAA PHALA PAAYO
ASA LAKHI SURANA SUMANA VARSHAYO

( With utmost devotion) youclasped the feet of your parents and
circumnavigated them seven times. Thus wereyou rewarded with the
fruit of having circumnavigated the earth, a feat thatmade the gods
rain down flowers on you.

`SUNDARADAASA'RAAMA KE CHERAA
DURVAASAA AASHRAMA DHARI DERAA
VIRACHYO SHRIGANESHA CHAALIISAA
SHIVA PURAANA VARNITA YOGIISHA

While dwelling in thehermitage of the sage Durvasa, Sundardaasa, a
devotee of Raama, composed thishymn to Ganesha in forty verses just
as the foremost among the adepts in theShiva Purana had done.

NITYA GAJAANANA JOGUNA GAAVATA
GRIHA VASI SUMATI PARAMA SUKHA PAAVATA
JANA-DHANA-DHYAANYA SUVANA SUKHA DAAYAKA
DEHIN SAKALA SHUBHA SHRI GANANAAYAKA

The wise who hymn the gloryof Ganesha every day are blessed with
supreme bliss. The lord of Shiva'shenchmen who blesses his votaries
with wealth, progeny and happiness alsobestows upon them every
auspicious object.


DOHAA

SHRI GANESHAACHAALIISAA, PAATHA KARAI DHARI DHYAANA
NITA NAVA MANGALA MODA LAHI, MILAI JAGATA SAMMAANA
DVAI SAHASRA DASA VIKRAMII, BHAADRA KRISHNA TITHI GANGA
PUURANA CHAALIISAA BHAYO, SUNDARA BHAKTII ABHANGA

He who repeats this hymnwith earnestness is blessed with all felicity
and gracious gifts, the novelty ofwhich grows ever greater, as well
as great honour. On the third day of the darkhalf of the month of
Bhaadra in the Vikrama year two thousand and ten (A. D.1953) this
hymn in forty verses was completed. Thus has Sundaradaasademonstrated
his unflinching devotion to Lord Ganesha.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Maha Ganapati Mool Mantra



|| Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Klowm Gum Ganapathaye Vara Varada Sarvajanamay Vasamaanaya Swaha ||

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ganesh Stuti



Gajananam Bhoota Ganadi Sevitam
Kapittha Jambu phalasara bhakshitam
Umasutam Shoka Vinasha karanam
Namami Vighneswara pada pankajam

|| Meaning ||
Oh Elephant-faced, worshiped by the existing beings, of all living beings, tasting the elephant apple (kaith) and jambolana (jamun), the Son of Uma, destroyer of grief, I bow to the lotus feet of Ganesh who is lord of all.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Uddanda Ganapati

Uddanda Ganapati

Uddanda Ganapati is the bold "Enforcer of Dharma," the laws of being. His ten hands hold a pot of gems, a blue lily, sugar cane, a mace, lotus flower, sprig of paddy, a pomegranate, noose, garland and His broken tusk.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Srishti Ganapati

Srishti Ganapati

Riding on His docile and friendly mouse, Srishti Ganapati is the lord of happy "Manifestation." This active God, of red complexion, holds His noose a goad, a perfect mango, and His tusk, representing selfless sacrifice.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ekadanta Ganapati

Ekadanta Ganapati

Ekadanta of "Single Tusk" is distinguished by His blue color and sizable belly. The attributes of this murti are an axe for cutting the bonds of ignorance, prayer beads for japa, a laddu sweet and the broken right tusk.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Haridra Ganapati

Haridra Ganapati

Haridra Ganapati, the golden one dressed in bright yellow vestments, sits calmly on a posh, regal throne. Along with His tusk and a modaka, He wields a noose to hold devotees close and a sharp goad to spur them onward.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Kshipra Prasada Ganapati

Kshipra Prasada Ganapati

Kshipra Prasada Ganapati, "the Quick Rewarder," presides from a kushagrass throne. His big belly symbolizes the manifest universe. He holds a noose, goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig of the wish-fulfilling tree.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tryakshara Ganapati

Tryakshara Ganapati

Tryakshara Ganapati, "the Lord of Three Letters" (A-U-M), is gold in color and has fly whisks in His big floppy ears. He carries the broken tusk, goad, noose and mango and is often seen grasping a sweet modaka in His trunk.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Varada Ganapati

Varada Ganapati

Varada Ganapati, "the Boon-Giver" with prominent third eye of wisdom, holds a dish of honey, the noose and goad and encloses a pot of jewels in His trunk. His Shakti is at His side, and the crescent moon adorns His crown.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ekakshara Ganapati

Ekakshara Ganapati

Ekakshara ("Single-Syllable" of 'gam') Ganapati is three-eyed, has red complexion and attire. Crescent moon on His crown, He sits in lotus pose upon Mushika, offers the boon-giving gesture and holds a pomegranate, noose and goad.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ganesh in Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Ganesha in Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajesthan

This Ganesa is in the Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ganesh Temple, Reddy

Ganesh in Reddy

The two handed Sayambhu Ganesh Temple is in Reddy, a small town by the sea side situated 33 k.m. away from Sawantwadi and 22 k.m. from Vengurla

Ganesh idol is carved out of Murju stone and is in seating attitude. More importantly this Ganesh idol is two handed as against four in usual.  Devotees feel blessed to see this 6 feet tall and four and half feet wide, beautiful, godly idol of Lord Ganesh.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Suvarna Ganesh, Divegar

Suvarna Ganesh, Divegar

History of Suvarnaganesha is quite fascinating. It was on the special day of November 17th 1998 (Sankashti Chaturthi as per the Hindu calendar) that there was found a copper box beneath the earth some 40-50 cm. It was weighing 30 kilos,37.5 cm(27 inches) in length,45 cm(18 inches) wide,17.5(7 inches) in height, in a coconut cultivation near the temple.

The box was muddy as it was buried and looked ancient. It had some words written from the 10 century in Sanskrit.

This incident attracted all the mob from the Diveagar village. It was to everyone's astonishment as what could be in the box?
This was the second incident that an ancient piece of history was found, as earlier there was found a "Tamraptra" at the same place. May be this box could relate something with the "Tamraptra" opening the door of the unsolved mysteries of past...

And the box was opened at 12 noon...

There was a sculpture of Lord Ganesh made out of pure gold. Also the box contained ornaments belonging to Lord Ganesha. It was then that the god was named "Suvarnaganesh".

Suvarnaganesh is a complete idol of Lord Ganesha, but a sculpture of pure 24 caret gold. Its weighted 1 kilo and 300grams ,with height of 60cm(24 inches). The sculpture made is 300 to 400 years ancient. It is said that this sculpture was created to mask some Lord Ganesh stone idol, which was earlier in the temple.

However its still a puzzle as to who has buried it and for what reason. But people of Diveagar have tremendous faith in Suvarnagensh and that the god is blessing the place with prosperity.

Reference: http://diveagar.co.in/what-can-see.html

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Urdhva Ganapati

Urdhva Ganapati

Seated with one of His shaktis on His left knee, Urdhva Ganapati is "the Elevated" Lord of golden hue. In His six hands He holds a sprig of paddy, a lotus, the sugar cane bow, an arrow, His ivory tusk and a blue water lily.