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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Ekadanta Ganapathi - The 22nd 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 Ekadanta Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Ekadanta Ganapathi is regarded as the 22nd among them. The word ‘Ekam’ or ‘Eka’ denotes the number one and ‘Danta’ is the ‘tusk’. Eka Danta Ganapathi thus remains as the Lord with a single tusk. Ganesha is a God known to have a big belly, but this Ekadanta Ganapathi possesses a bigger belly, that is much larger than the ones found in any other form. This signifies that he is holding the entire universe safely, in his own belly. Ekadanta Ganapathi is blue in complexion, has four hands, holds his just broken tusk in the main right hand, and a hatchet, a japa mala of Rudhraksha beads and the sweet, Laddu in his other three.

What is the significance of worshipping Ekadanta Ganapathi?

The Ekadanta Ganapathi form of Ganesha is a compassionate aspect of the Lord. As one who gave up even one of his own tusks and hence, is appearing only with a single tusk, he is thus believed to be assuring his devotees of his selfless love for them and his readiness for any sacrifice for their sake. His devotees also believe that worshipping this form will get for them the Lord’s blessings, which will help them in focused thinking, intense action and certain success.

Ekadanta Ganapathi

This form of Ganesha 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. This Lord can be worshipped in an idol form too, in the very famous and internationally renowned Ajantha and Ellora caves near Aurangabad city, in the state of Maharashtra. Star Anusham, also known as Anuradha Nakshatra, is said to be related to Ekadanta Ganapathi.

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

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes the appearance of this single-tusked Lord and prays for his grace and blessings.

  • Lambodaram Shyamatanum Ganesham
  • Kutaramakshastraja Moordhavagaatram
  • Saladukkam Dantamadhaha Karabhyam
  • Vameteraabhyam Cha Dadhaanameede
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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