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32 Forms of Ganapati: Taruna Ganapati - The 2nd Form

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Importance of Lord Ganapati

Taruna Ganapati

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.

Importance of Taruna Ganapati form

Taruna Ganapati is regarded as the 2nd form among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. ‘Taruna’ refers to youth and to the young. Taruna Ganapati is thus an adolescent form of Lord Ganesha, who is youthful in appearance. He is shining brilliant like a mid-day Sun and his bright red complexion is said to denote the blossoming of freshness and youth in the living beings. He has a compassionate face and possesses eight hands. While he holds his own broken tusk, an elephant goad, a sugarcane stalk and a rose apple fruit in his right hands, his left ones carry, a noose, his favorite Modak (dumpling), a wood apple fruit and a sprig of paddy.

Significance of Worshipping Taruna Ganapati

Taruna Ganapati is an exuberant form of Lord Ganesha and is regarded to be representing the primordial element Vayu, the air. Devotees offer special worships to him, especially on the sacred occasions like Sankashti Chaturthi (4th waning Moon), Ganesha Jayanthi and Durva Ganapati Vrat. It is believed that worshipping this Lord would bestow the devotees with sound health, abundant happiness and a joyful life.

Apart from removing their obstacles and solving the problems they are facing. This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Pazhavangadi Ganapati Temple in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapati forms are on display. Taruna Ganapati can also be worshipped in an idol form in the famous Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain, in Madhya Pradesh.

Chanting the Taruna Ganapati mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating this youthful Lord.

The mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes the appearance of this young Ganapati, who ‘shines vividly with his brilliant youthfulness’, and prays for his blessings and grace.

Pashankusha pupa kapitha jamboo swadanta shalikshuapi

svahasthai dhattai sadaa yah tarunarunabh payathsa yushman

taruno Ganeshah

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