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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Taruna Ganapathi - The 2nd 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 Taruna Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Taruna Ganapathi is regarded as the 2nd among them. ‘Taruna’ refers to youth and to the young. Taruna Ganapathi 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 favourite Modhaka, a wood apple fruit and a sprig of paddy.

What is the significance of worshipping Taruna Ganapathi?

Taruna Ganapathi 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, Ganesha Jayanthi and Durva Ganapathi Vrat. It is believed that worshipping this Lord will bestow the devotees with sound health, abundant happiness and a joyful life.

Taruna Ganapathi

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 Ganapathi Temple in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapathi forms are on display. Taruna Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form in the famous Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain, in Madhya Pradesh.

Chanting the Taruna Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi, 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
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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