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.