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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Ucchista Ganapathi - The 8th 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 Ucchista Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Ucchista Ganapathi is regarded as the 8th among them. The Sanskrit word ‘Ucchista’ literally means the remains and leftovers, but in this context, carries a Tantric connotation. Ucchista Ganapathi is considered a Tantric aspect of Lord Ganesha and denotes the blessed offerings. Ucchista Ganapathi is blue in complexion, is in a sitting posture and is depicted with his consort Goddess Shakthi Devi seated comfortably on his left lap. He has six hands, the main left of which gently embraces his consort, and the rest of his hands hold in them, a japa mala of Rudhraksha beads, a pomegranate fruit, a fresh sprig of paddy, a blue lotus and the stringed instrument Veena. The end of his trunk rests on the thigh of the Goddess.

What is the significance of worshipping Ucchista Ganapathi?

Ucchista Ganapathi is considered a superior aspect of Lord Ganesha. It is firmly believed by his devotees that worshipping this Lord will get for them his abundant blessings and that will bestow them with success in endeavours, advancement in career, betterment in life and a predominant position in society. He can be seen as a sculpture in the Maha Ganapathi temple in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and in some temples in Mysore region in Karnataka, where all the 32 Ganapathi forms are on display. Ucchista Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form, in the famous Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar hill temple, Thiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu. Karthigai Star, also known as Krittika Nakshatra is said to be related to Ucchista Ganapathi.

Ucchista Ganapathi

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

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit,

  • Neelabja Dadaimee Veena Shali Gujaksha Sutrakam
  • Dadahduchishta Namamya Ganeshah Paadu Mechakah!

terms him as ‘The one, who devours the remnants of food’, describes his form and prays for his grace and blessings.

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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