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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Vara Ganapathi - The 18th 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 Vara Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Vara Ganapathi is regarded as the 18th among them. The word ‘Varam’ or ‘Vara’ means ‘a boon’ or ‘boons’. Vara Ganapathi thus, happens to be ‘the Lord who gives boons’ or simply, ‘a boon giver’. Vara Ganapathi is a rare form, as he is seen with his consort Shakthi, also known as Pushti Devi, seated on his left lap, and holding a flag and a lotus. This Ganapathi is red in complexion, and just like his father Shiva, has three eyes and a crescent moon in his crown. He also has four hands. While his main left hand goes around his spouse’s waist, the other three hands are holding a dish made of honey, a noose and an Ankusa, the elephant goad, in them. His trunk is curled to the right, and holds a Rathnakumbha, a pot full of jewels.

What is the significance of worshipping Vara Ganapathi?

Vara Ganapati

The Vara Ganapathi form of Ganesha is a symbol of generosity. It is hence believed by the devotees that it is easy to propitiate this Lord and get all their true wishes fulfilled. 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 Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple in Saundatti/Savadatti in Belgaum, in the state of Karnataka. There is also a belief among some that this pilgrimage will be complete only after a visit to the Lord Anjaneya temple, Nanganallur in Chennai. Hasta Nakshatra or Star is said to be related to Vara Ganapathi.

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

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, terms him as ‘delightful Ganapathi’, describes his appearance in detail, and prays for his grace and blessings.

  • Sindhoora bhimabhananam Trinayam Haste Cha Pashankushou
  • Bibhranam Madhumat Kapalamanisham Sadhivindumouli Bhaje
  • Pushtyashilshyathatanum Dhvaja grakarayaa Padyolla sadhastyaa
  • Tadhyonyahita Panimatta masumata Patrollasat Pushkaram
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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