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Ganapati 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. Ganapati veneration is done from very ancient times, and Ganapatyam, the Ganapati worship, has been established by Saint Adi Shankara, as one of the six fundamental forms of worship in Hindu religion.
Durga Ganapati is regarded as the 31st among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. This Ganesha is considered to be unconquerable, and as if to proclaim this aspect, he sports a victory flag, as a sign of his power and strength. He also drives away the darkness in all forms. With a radiant golden yellow complexion and eight hands, Durga Ganapati looks imposing. His principal right and left hands hold the broken tusk, and a rose apple fruit, respectively. In his other hands an elephant goad, a bow, an arrow, a noose, sugarcane, and a Rudraksha Japa mala, apart from the flag of victory.
Durga Ganapati, in his idol form, can be worshipped in the famous Shri Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. This Ganapati is said to be associated with Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra, the star Uthirattathi.
Durga Ganapati is the destroyer of sins, and hence, it is believed that his worship can free the devotees of their karmic bondage and provide them with joy and happiness.
This hymn describes the Durga Ganapati form and prays to him for blessing the devotees with happiness.
Tapthakaanchana sankaashashchashta hastho mahaththanuhu
Thapthaam kushamsharamchaa pamdhantham dhakshairvahankaraiha
Vaamepaasham kaarmukamcha lathaamjambhoom dadhaathkaraiha
Rakthaam shukahasadhaa bhooyaath durgaganapthirmudhe
This is a powerful mantra the chanting of which can get for the devotees the Lord’s divine grace.
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.