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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.
Tryakshara Ganapati is regarded as the 19th among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. ‘Tryakshara’ is a combination of two words, ‘Thry’ or ‘Thray’ and ‘Akshara’. ‘Thry’ denotes number 3 and ‘Akshara’ means letters. ‘Try Akshara’ thus indicates a three-letter word and represents the primordial sound ‘Om’. The sacred sound Om is actually made up of three letters A, U and M and hence, is indicated here as ‘Tryakshara’. Tryakshara Ganapati is thus, ‘the Lord of the holy Om’. This Ganapati is regarded as the Lord who can bestow people with concentration in education and progress in career. He is golden yellow in complexion, has a third eye in his forehead and possesses four hands, which hold in them, his own broken tusk, the elephant goad, a noose and a mango fruit. He also has big, flabby ears, with fly whisk, his trunk is curled to the left and holds Modaka, his favourite sweet.
The Tryakshara Ganapati form of Ganesha is a benevolent Lord, who represents the primordial sound ‘Om’. By meditating on him and praying to him with sincerity, people can get sound spiritual knowledge and can move in the path of self-realization. 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 Ganapati forms are on display. This Ganapati form can be worshipped in an idol form too, in the Tirumakudalu temple in Narasipura, in the state of Karnataka. Chitra Nakshatra or Chittirai Star is said to be related to Tryakshara Ganapati.
Chanting the Tryakshara Ganapati mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord.
The mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes the appearance of this elephant-faced Lord in detail, and prays for his grace and blessings.
Gajendra vadanam sakshad chala karna suchamaram,
Hema varnam chathur bahumn pasangusa daram varam,
Swadantham dakshine hasthe savye thwamra phalam thadhaa,
Pushkare modhakam chaiva darayantham anusmareth
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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