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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Trimukha Ganapathi - The 28th 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 undertaken 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 Trimukha Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Trimukha Ganapathi is regarded as 28th among them. The term ‘Trimukha’ is a combination of two words, ‘Tri’, indicating the number three and ‘Mukha’, meaning face. Trimukha Ganapathi is thus the three-faced Lord, who is seated on a golden lotus, with six hands. He is reddish in complexion, holds the Japa Mala of Rudhraksha beads and the elephant goad in two of his right hands, and has a noose and an urn filled with nectar in his left. Also, while he is holding the boon-granting Varada mudra in his main right hand, his principal left hand sports Abhaya mudra, offering protection to the devotees. Praying to this Lord with faith is believed to bring success in life and make the devotees victorious in their endeavours.

What is the significance of worshipping Trimukha Ganapathi?

Trimukha Ganapati

The Trimukha Ganapathi form of Ganesha is a benign and powerful aspect of the Lord. It is believed that he will look after the welfare of the devotees and take good care of them and their families. While this form is worshipped at many places, this Lord can be seen in the idol form in the famous Lord Jagannath temple at Puri, in the state of Orissa. The star Avittam, also known as Dhanishtha Nakshatra, is said to be related to Trimukha Ganapathi.

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

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes his wonderful form, as carrying a sharp and shining hook and a rosary in his right hands; holding the noose and a pot of Amrut in his left; also sporting the boon-giving Varada and the protecting Abhaya postures in his hands; sitting on a lotus in a golden throne; having three-eyes in his elephant face; and shining like a blazing flame of a forest flower. This sloka, thus, sings his glory, prays for his blessings and seeks the Lord’s protection against all the perils in life.

  • Shrumattikshna Shikamkushaksha Varadandakshe Dadhanah Karaih
  • Pashamsamrutha Purnakumbamabhayam Vame Dadano Muda Pithe
  • Svarnamayaravimda Vilasatsatkarnika Bhasure Svasinastrimukha
  • Palasharucirona gananah Patunah Raktavarnah
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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