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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.
Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is regarded as the 20th among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. The word ‘Kshipra’ indicates quickness and immediacy, and ‘Prasada’ is blessing or boon, and here, can also mean action. As the name suggests, Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is regarded as the Lord who shall answer prayers, reward true devotion and punish the wrong-doing, all instantly. Having three eyes and also sporting the crescent Moon on his crown, this form has some attributes similar to those of his father, Lord Shiva. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is crimson red in complexion, seated on a throne made of the sacred Kusha grass, has a big belly, indicating his having the entire universe within himself, possesses 6 hands and holds in them, his own broken tusk, a twig of the wish-fulfilling tree Kalpa Vriksha, an elephant goad, a noose, a white lotus and a pomegranate fruit.
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 Ganapati form can be worshipped in an idol form too, in the famous Karpaga Vinayakar temple in Pillayarpatti near Karaikudi, in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Swati Nakshatra or star is said to be related to Kshipra Prasada Ganapati.
Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is an immediate provider of benefits. Sincere prayers offered to him are believed to get for the devotees, prosperity, success, and peace. Also, meditating on him regularly would clear obstacles and help them in the path towards self-realization.
The mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes the appearance of this quick-reacting Lord and prays for his grace and blessings.
Dhuthpaashaamkusha kalpalatha svaradhaschabeeja pporakayuthaha
Shashishakalkalith moulis thrilochanoarunashchaga jananaha
Bhaasurbhoo shandheepthobruhdhu darhapadhmavihvalol pavanaha
Vighnapayodhara karabhruthmusala hasadhaaasthume bhoothyai
Chanting the Kshipra Prasada Ganapati mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord.
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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