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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Urdhva Ganapathi - The 16th 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 Urdhva Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Urdhva Ganapathi is regarded as the 16th among them. The Sanskrit word ‘Urdhva’ means ‘Up’, ‘Upwards’ or ‘Above’, and here it means ‘Lofty’. Urdhva Ganapathi hence denotes ‘the Lord, who is elevated or exalted’. True to his name, Urdhva Ganapathi is in a sublime form, sitting in the tantric posture and also seating his consort Shakthi Devi on his left lap. He is shining in golden yellow colour and has as many as eight hands, the main left of which gently embraces Shakthi, while the principal right holds his own broken tusk. He holds, in his other six hands, a mace, a lotus, a blue lily, a sprig of paddy, a sugarcane bow and an arrow. He is normally shown with his trunk curling near the breast of his consort.

What is the significance of worshipping Urdhva Ganapathi?

Urdhva Ganapathi

The Urdhva Ganapathi form of Ganesha remains an elevator and a benefactor, who improves the lot of his devotees. They hence believe that his worship will provide refuge to them from all difficulties, and help them to overcome impediments and rise to high levels in life. 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. Urdhva Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form, in the Mahalingeshwara temple in the city of Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Pooram Star, also known as Purva Phalguni Nakshatra is said to be related to this aspect of Ganapathi.

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

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, glorifies him as ’ The raising Ganapathi’, describes his appearance and prays for his blessings.

  • Kalhaara Shali Kamalekshuka Chapa Bandanta
  • Prarohakagadi Kanakojwalangaha
  • Alinganaodhatakaro Harithangashtaya Devya
  • Karotu Shubhaha Murdhva Ganadhipo Mey!!
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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