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32 Forms of Ganapati: Vara Ganapati - The 18th Form

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Importance of Lord Ganapati

Vara Ganapathi

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.

Importance of Vara Ganapathi Form

Vara Ganapati is regarded as the 18th among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. The word ‘Varam’ or ‘Vara’ means ‘a boon’ or ‘boons’. Vara Ganapati thus, happens to be ‘the Lord who gives boons’ or simply, ‘a boon giver’. Vara Ganapati is a rare form, as he is seen with his consort Shakti, also known as Pushti Devi, seated on his left lap, and holding a flag and a lotus. This Ganapati 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 Rathna Kumbha, a pot full of jewels.

Significance of Worshipping Vara Ganapati

The Vara Ganapati 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 Ganapati forms are on display. This Ganapati 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 would 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 Ganapati.

Chanting the Vara Ganapati 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 Ganapati’, 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

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