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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Heramba Ganapathi - The 11th Form

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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 Heramba Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Heramba Ganapathi is regarded as the 11th among them. The Sanskrit term ‘Heramba’ is made up of two words, ‘He’ and ‘Ramba’. ‘He’ indicates ‘Weakness’ or ‘Helplessness’; and ‘Ramba’ denotes ‘Protection’. He-Ramba Ganapathi is thus the compassionate Lord who is the ‘Protector of the weak and the helpless’. This form of Ganesha is unique in many respects. He has five heads and proportionately, ten arms. And he is riding, not his usual Mooshika mount, but the mighty and majestic lion, the king of jungles. He displays the protective Abhaya Mudra pose in his main right hand, and holds in his other hands, his own broken tusk, the japa mala of Rudhraksha beads, a garland, his favourite sweet Modhaka, a fruit, a noose, a battle axe, a hammer, and the wish granting posture.

What is the significance of worshipping Heramba Ganapathi?

Heramba Ganapathi is a powerful aspect of Lord Ganesha, who assumes the protective role of a savior God. He is the annihilator of fear and his worship is believed to give confidence to the weak and hope to the poor.

Heramba Ganapathi

Offering prayers to him daily with faith can remove anxiety and doubt, and bless people with knowledge, skill and conviction for achieving success in endeavours. 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. Heramba Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form, in the famous Kasi Vishwanatha temple at Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Thiruvadhirai Star, also known as Arudra Nakshatra is said to be related to this Ganapathi.

Chanting the Heramba Ganapathi Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating this special form of the Lord.

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit,

  • Abhaya Varada hastah Paasha dantakshamala
  • Srini Parashu Dadhaano Mudgaram Modakam Cha!
  • Phalamadhi Gatasimhah Panchamaatanga Vakthrah
  • Ganapatiratigaurah Paatu Herambanamaa!!

hails this Lord of protection as ‘The five-headed Ganapathi riding a lion’, describes his form and prays for his grace and blessings.

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.