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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Dvimukha Ganapathi - The 27th 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 Dvimukha Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Dvimukha Ganapathi is regarded as the 27th among them. The term ‘Dvimukha’ is a combination of two words, ‘Dvi’, indicating the number two and ‘Mukha’, meaning ‘face’. Dvimukha Ganapathi is thus the two-faced Lord, who could see not only in two, but in all directions. He is bluish green in complexion and wears an attire in red silk, while a well-embellished jeweled crown adorns his crown. He has four hands. Holding the broken tusk in his principal right hand, which also assures the devotees of his protection, this elephant-faced Lord has the elephant goad, the noose and the Ratna Kumbha, the vessel containing precious gems in his other three hands. Praying to this Lord with faith is believed to bring success in life and make the devotees victorious in their endeavours.

What is the significance of worshipping Dvimukha Ganapathi?

Dvimukha Ganapathi

The Dvimukha Ganapathi form of Ganesha is a strong aspect of the Lord. It is believed that earnest worship will please the Lord and get for the devotees his divine protection, against all the seen and unseen harmful forces and demons. This form can be seen as a painting in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapathi forms are on display. However, as an idol form, the Lord can be worshipped in the famous and highly sacred Badrinath temple in the Himalayan regions of the state of Uttarakhand. Thiruvonam star, also known as Shravana Nakshatra, is said to be related to Dvimukha Ganapathi.

Chanting the Dvimukha Ganapathi Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord. describes his form in complete detail, sings his glory, seeks his blessings and appeals to the Lord to be always kind, gracious and merciful towards the devotees.

  • The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit,
  • Svadanta Pashankusharatnapatram
  • Karaih Dadhano Harinilagatrah
  • Ratnamshuko Ratnakiritamali
  • Bhutyai Sada Bhavatu Me Dvimukho Ganeshah Hasuruvarnah
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