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.