32 forms of Lord Ganesha

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1. Bala Ganapati Bala Ganapati is “the childlike” God of golden hue. In his hands he holds a banana, mango, sugar cane and jackfruit, all representing the Earth’s abundance and fertility. His trunk garners his favorite sweet, the modaka.divider 0002. 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 sugarcane stalk. His brilliant red color reflects the blossoming of youth.divider 000 3. 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. divider 000 4. 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. divider 000 5. Shakti Ganapati Four-armed and seated with one of his shaktis on his knee, Shakti Ganapati, “the powerful," of orange-red hue, guards the householder. He holds a garland, noose and goad, and bestows blessings with the abhaya mudra. divider 000 6. Dvija Ganapati Four-headed Dvija Ganapati, “the twice-born,” is moon-like in colour. 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. divider 000 7. 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, sugarcane and, in his trunk, a tasty sesame sweet. divider 000 8. Ucchhishta Ganapati Ucchhishta Ganapati is “lord of blessed offerings” and guardian of culture. Of blue complexion and six-armed, he sits with his Shakti, holding a vina, pomegranate, blue lotus flower, japa mala and a sprig of fresh paddy. 9. 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, sugarcane, flower arrow and an axe.divider 000 10. 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. divider 000 11. 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. divider 000 12. 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. divider 000 13. Maha Ganapati Accompanied by one of his shaktis, “the Great,” Maha Ganapati, is red-complexioned and three-eyed. He holds his tusk, a pomegranate, blue lily, sugar-cane bow, discus, noose, lotus, paddy sprig, mace and a pot of gems. divider 000 14. Vijaya Ganapati Four-armed, of red hue and riding his resourceful mushika, Vijaya Ganapati is “the victorious” bestower of success. His insignia are the broken tusk, elephant goad, a noose and a lucious golden mango, his favorite fruit.divider 000 15. Nritya Ganapati The "happy Dancer,” Nritya Ganapati, is four-armed and golden, with rings on his fingers, holding a tusk, goad, noose and modaka sweet. He prances under thekalpavriksha tree, epitomizing exuberant activity and joy. divider 000 16. 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 sugarcane bow, an arrow, his ivory tusk and a blue water lily.
17. Ekakshara Ganapati Ekakshara, of “single-syllable” (gam), is three-eyed, of 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.divider 000 18. 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.divider 000 19. Tryakshara Ganapati Tryakshara Ganapati, “the lord of three letters” (A-U-M), is gold in colour 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. divider 000 20. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati Kshipra Prasada Ganapati, “the quick rewarder,” presides from a kusha-grass throne. His big belly symbolizes the manifest universe. He holds a noose, goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig of the wish-fulfilling tree. divider 000 21. 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. divider 000 22. Ekadanta Ganapati Ekadanta, of “single tusk,” is distinguished by his blue color and sizeable 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. divider 000 23. 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. divider 000 24. 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. 25. Rinamochana Ganapati Rinamochana Ganapati is humanity’s liberator from guilt and bondage. His figure of alabaster skin is apparelled in red silks. He bears a noose and a goad, his milk-white tusk and a favorite fruit, the rose apple.divider 000 26. 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 that he he saves for all ardent devotees. divider 000 27. 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 bejewelled crown and holds a noose, goad, his tusk and a pot of gems. divider 000 28. 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. divider 000 29. 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. divider 000 30. Yoga Ganapati Yoga Ganapati is absorbed in mantra japa, his knees strapped in meditative pose, hands holding a yoga staff, sugacane stalk, a noose and prayer beads. His color is like the morning sun. Blue garments adorn his form. divider 000 31. Durga Ganapati Durga Ganapati, the “Invincible,” waves the flag of victory over darkness. This splendidmurti is of deep gold hue, dressed in red, holding a bow and arrow, noose and goad, prayer beads, broken tusk and a rose apple. divider 000 32. 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 boon-granting varada mudra.