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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Tryakshara Ganapathi - The 19th 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 Tryakshara Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Tryakshara Ganapathi is regarded as the 19th among them. ‘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 Ganapathi is thus, ‘the Lord of the holy OM’. This Ganapathi 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.

What is the significance of worshipping Tryakshara Ganapathi?

Tryakshara Ganapati

The Tryakshara Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi forms are on display. This Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi.

Chanting the Tryakshara Ganapathi 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.
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.

Ganapathi