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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Maha Ganapathi - The 13th 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 Maha Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Maha Ganapathi is regarded as the 13th among them. The word ‘Maha’ simply means ‘Great’ and can represent a distinguished status too. Maha Ganapathi is hence, ‘the great Ganesha’, who holds special significance. In this form, he has some similarity with his father Lord Shiva, as here, he too has three eyes and also sports a crescent Moon on his head. He is bright red in colour, has seated his consort on his left lap and though single-faced, has as many as ten hands. He holds in them, his own broken tusk, a discus, a mace, a noose, a sugarcane bow, a sprig of paddy, a lotus, a blue lily, a pomegranate fruit and a Rathna Kumbha, the pot of precious gems.

What is the significance of worshipping Maha Ganapathi?

Maha Ganapathi is a very important aspect of Lord Ganesha, significant and powerful. Worshipping him is believed to bestow on devotees immense merit and good prosperity. Praying to him daily with sincerity can make devotees attain glory in their respective fields. 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.

Maha Ganapathi

Maha Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form, in the famous Krishna temple at Dwaraka, in the Gujarat state, where none other than Lord Krishna himself is said to have offered prayers to him. Star Poosam, also known as Pushya Nakshatra is said to be related to this Ganapathi.

Chanting the Maha Ganapathi Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating this illustrious Lord.

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, sings the praise of this ‘Great Ganapathi’, describes his form and prays for his grace and blessings.

  • Hasteemdranana Minduchuda Marunachayam Trinetram Rasah
  • Dashilishtam Priyaya Sa Padmakaraya Svankashtayah Santatam
  • Beejapoora Gadekshu Karmuka Laschhakrabja Pashotapala
  • Vreehagra Svavishaana Ratna Kalasham Hastaih Vahantam Bhaje
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.