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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.
Ekadanta Ganapati is regarded as the 22nd among the 32 different forms and Ekadanta Ganapati. The word ‘Ekam’ or ‘Eka’ denotes the number one and ‘Danta’ is the ‘tusk’. Eka Danta Ganapati thus remains as the Lord with a single tusk. Ganesha is a God known to have a big belly, but this Ekadanta Ganapati 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 Ganapati 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 (sweet balls) in his other three.
The Ekadanta Ganapati form of Ganesha is a compassionate aspect of the Lord. As one who gave up 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 would get for them the Lord’s blessings, which shall help them in focused thinking, intense action and certain success.
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 Ganapati forms are on display. This Lord can be worshipped in an idol form too, in the very famous and internationally renowned Ajanta 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 Ganapati.
Chanting the Ekadanta Ganapati 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
Saladukkam Dantamadhaha Karabhyam
Vameteraabhyam Cha Dadhaanameede
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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