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32 Forms of Ganapati: Nritya Ganapati - The 15th 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 Nritya Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Nritya Ganapathi is regarded as the 15th among them. The Sanskrit word ‘Nritya’ means ‘Dance’. Nritya Ganapathi, as the name suggests, is a dancer or a happy dancer, and thus represents the relaxed and enjoyable form of the Lord. This Ganapathi is actually dancing under the divine, wish-fulfilling Kalpavriksha tree. With one foot placed on the ground and the other raised, as during a dance, he is shining in golden yellow colour and has four hands. While he holds his own broken tusk in the principal right hand, an elephant goad, a battle axe and a noose are there in his other hands. Rings are seen in his fingers and his trunk, curled in the end, is holding his favourite snack, Modhak. In some depictions, one of his hands is shown as holding a sweet meat.

What is the significance of worshipping Nritya Ganapathi?

The Nritya Ganapathi form of Ganesha is a happy and kind hearted aspect of the Lord. This dancer form also shows Ganapathi as a connoisseur of fine arts. Hence his worship is believed to bestow the devotees with an aptitude for learning fine arts, proficiency in them, and also success and fame in that field. Hence this Lord is widely worshipped by artists, and especially by dancers. This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and also as a sculpture in Pazhavangadi Ganesh temple there.

Nritya Ganapathi The sculptures showing this form of Ganesha can also be found in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapathi forms are on display. Nritya Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form, in the Magudeshwarar temple in Kodumudi near Karur town, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Magham Star, also known as Magha Nakshatra is said to be related to this aspect of Ganapathi.

Chanting the Nritya Ganapathi Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord.

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, sings the praise of this ‘dancing Lord’, describes his appearance and prays for his blessings.

  • Kalhaara shali kamalekshuka chapa bandanta
  • Prarohakagadi kanakojwalangaha
  • Alinganaodhatakaro harithangashtaya devya
  • Karotu shubhaha murdhva ganadhipo mey!!
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.



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