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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.
Lord Ganapati is regarded as the 4th among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. ‘Veeram’ or ‘Veera’ refers to valor and courage. Veera Ganapati is thus, a valiant warrior God, who occupies the position of a fearless commander. True to his name and characteristics, he appears as a mighty and commanding entity. Veera Ganapati possesses as many as sixteen arms, and holds in them numerous powerful and varied weapons like chakra (discus), bow and arrow, trident, sword, club, hook, elephant goad, mace, hammer, spear, battle axe, shield, Nagapasha (serpent noose) and victory flag. He also holds a fearful vethal, the goblin, as a symbol of the mind.
Veera Ganapati is regarded as representing the primordial element Agni, the fire. It is believed that worshipping this powerful form of Lord would help the devotees to overcome fears and threats, and develop courage, so that they can face life’s challenges with confidence and win over them. He is also believed to remove ignorance and evil. This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Maha Ganapati temple in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapati forms are on display. He can be worshipped also as an idol in the very famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Chanting the Veera Ganapati Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating this illustrious Lord.
The mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, describes the form of this valiant Ganapati form in great detail and prays for his grace and blessings.
Vetala Shakti Shara Karumuka Chakra Kanga
Khadanga, Mudgara Gadaakusha Nagapasham
Shoolam Cha Kunta Parashu, Dhvajakudhvahantam
Veeram Ganeshamarunam, Satatam Smarami
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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