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32 Forms of Ganapati: Bhakta Ganapati - The 3rd Form

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What is the importance of Lord Ganapathi?

Ganapathi or Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is hailed as a remover of obstacles and a harbinger of success, and is both loved and venerated. He has an elephant face, but also has a primordial form with a human head. He is celebrated as a hero of strength, as a happy dancer, as a sweet child and many more. It is considered a good custom to seek his blessings while starting any endeavor or undertaking any venture. Ganapathi veneration is done from very ancient times, and Gaanapathyam, the Ganapathi worship, has been established by saint Adi Shankara, as one of the six fundamental forms of worship in Hindu religion.

What is Bhakta Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Bhakta Ganapathi is regarded as the 3rd among them. ‘Bhakti’ is devotion and ‘Bhakta’ is a devotee. This form of Ganapathi is a compassionate Lord and he is so kind to his Bhaktas, that he himself came to be known as Bhakta Ganapathi, the devotees’ Ganesha. His benevolence shows in his appearance too, as he looks cool, calm and pleasant. He is fair and white, and is shining like a full Moon in the harvest season. He has four arms, but none of them carry any weapons. Instead, they hold in them, a mango fruit, a banana, a coconut and a sweet or a kheer, the sweet payasam made of jaggery.

What is the significance of worshipping Bhakta Ganapathi?

Bhakta Ganapathi, the mild mannered aspect of Lord Ganesha is regarded as representing the primordial element Jala, the water. It is believed that worshipping this kind Lord will help the devotees to obtain his blessings in abundance and thus, get protected from all dangers and difficulties in life. His worship can also help people control their temper, get relaxation and feel happy and joyful.

Bhakta Ganapathi

People worship Bhakta Ganapathi with added fervor on special occasions like Vinayaka Chaturthi, Sankashti Chaturthi etc. This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Lord Ganapathi Temple in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapathi forms are on display. Bhakta Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form in the Theertha Pureeswarar temple, also known as the Arathurai Nathar temple situated near Pennadam, in Tamil Nadu.

Chanting the Bhakta Ganapathi Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating this kind-hearted Lord.

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, offers worship to this ‘Lord of his devotees’, describes the Ganapathi’s form, and prays for his grace and blessings.

  • Nalikeramarakadali Guda Payasa Dharinam!
  • Sharat Chandrabha Vapusham Bhaje Bhakta Ganadipam
To Participate

The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.

Ganapathi

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