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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Dwija Ganapathi - The 6th 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 Dwija Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Dwija Ganapathi is regarded as the 6th among them. The word ‘Dwija’ is a combination of two terms ‘Dwi’, denoting the number two and ‘Ja’, an abbreviation of ‘Janma’, which means birth. Thus ‘Dwija’ simply means ‘Twice Born’. Normally this word is used to refer to Brahmins, for whom, normal birth is regarded as the first birth and the wearing of the ‘Sacred Thread’ and obtaining the right to perform the holy rituals as the second. However, Dwija Ganapathi is regarded as a Lord equivalent to Brahma, the God of creation. This Ganesha is also similar to Brahma in appearance, pure white in colour, and with four heads and the same number of hands. He holds in His hands, the japa mala made of Rudhraksha beads, a Kamandalam, the water vessel, a dhandam, an ascetic’s staff and an ancient work or scripture made of ole leaves.

What is the significance of worshipping Dwija Ganapathi?

Dwija Ganapathi

Dwija Ganapathi is regarded as that aspect of Ganesha who is capable of making one’s worldly life worthwhile. It is believed that worshipping Him with faith can make people attain status, and earn good name and fame in their place of work and society. He can also help to bring down debts and to make people get good material gains. This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Pazhavangadi 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. Ballaleshwar Temple in Pali, Maharashtra remains perhaps as the most famous shrine of Dwija Ganapathi. This is also one of the eight well-known Ashta Vinayak temples in Maharashtra. Ashwini Star or Nakshatra is said to be related to this Ganapathi.

Chanting the Dwija Ganapathi Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating this powerful Lord.

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes the form of this ‘Twice-born Ganapathi’ in detail and prays for his grace and blessings.

  • Yah Pustakakshaguna Danda Kamandalu
  • Shrividyothaman, Karabhooshanam induvarnam,
  • Stambera Maanana Chatushtaya Shobhamaanam
  • Tvam Yah Smaredwija Ganadhipate Sa Dhanyah!
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.

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