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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Shakti Ganapathi - The 5th 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 Shakti Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Shakti Ganapathi is regarded as the 5th among them. ‘Shakti’ is power. Shakti Ganapathi is no doubt powerful, but he is so called, also for a different reason. His has seated on his left lap, his consort Shakti Devi, who is the power-provider to all, and this Ganapathi appearing along with his Shakti, has become Shakti Ganapathi. This lord is in a tantric seated position, is reddish brown in colour, and has four hands. The lower right hand is in Abhaya mudra posture, giving protective blessings, and his two upper hands hold the noose and the goad, while his lower left is holding a lemon and is also fondly embracing his consort, who is associated with green colour. In some places, this Ganapathi is also depicted as holding a cake in his trunk.

What is the significance of worshipping Shakti Ganapathi?

Shakti Ganapathi is regarded as the last aspect of Ganesha which represents the primordial element Akash, the space. It is believed that worshipping him with faith can help people to have control over their senses, so that they can act with concentration and focus, and achieve their objectives with ease. Shakti Ganapathi also remains as the vanquisher of evil and the protector of households, and hence is believed to bring harmony and peace in family life. 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. He can be worshipped also as an idol in the famous Lord Muruga temple at Thirupparankundram in Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Shakti Ganapathi

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

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes the form of this power-personified Ganapathi in detail and prays for his grace and blessings.

  • Alingya Deveem Haritandgyashtim
  • Parasparakshlishta Katipradesham!
  • Sandhyarunam Pashasni Vahantham
  • Bhayapaham Shakti Ganeshameede
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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