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32 Forms of Ganapati: Ekakshara Ganapati - The 17th Form

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Importance of Lord Ganapati

Ekakshara Ganapati

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.

Importance of Ekakshara Ganapati Form

Lord Ganapati is regarded as the 17th among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. The word ‘Ekam’ or ‘Eka’ stands for the number, ‘one’ and ‘Akshara’ means ‘the letter’. Eka Akshara thus indicates a single syllable and represents the Beejakshara, called ‘Gam’, which is also known as the ‘seed letter’. Ekakshara Ganapati is thus ‘the Lord of the single-letter’ and symbolizes this sacred, single syllable, Beejakshara Mantra, ‘Gam’. He also denotes the primordial, universal sound, ‘Om’. Ekakshara Ganapati sits in the majestic Padmasana posture, the yogic lotus pose, and is generally depicted as riding his favorite mount, Mushika, the mouse. He is red in complexion, also covered with red silk, and has three eyes and a crescent moon in his crown, just like his father Shiva. He also has four hands. While his main left hand shows Varada Mudra, the boon granting posture, he holds a noose, an elephant goad and a pomegranate fruit in his other three hands.

Significance of Worshipping Ekakshara Ganapati

The Ekakshara Ganapati form of Ganesha is a symbol is said to be one of contemplation. It is hence believed that worshipping this meditative form of the Lord would help the devotees to have control over their minds and also the senses. 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. However, this Ganapati can be worshipped in an idol form, in the ancient temple in Hampi, that lies near Hospet town in the state of Karnataka. Uttiram Star, also known as Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra is said to be related to Ekakshara Ganapati.

Chanting the Ekakshara Ganapati mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord.

The mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, calls him as ’the Ganapati identified with the word Om’, describes his appearance, and prays for his grace and blessings.

Raktorakangangkasha Kusumayutah Tundialah Chandramoulih

Nethraih Yuktistribhih Vamanakaracharano Beejapundadhanah

Hastagra Kalusa Pashankasharada Varado Nagavaktrohi Bhoosho

Devaha Padamasano No Havatu Natsuro Bhootayae Vighnarajaha

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