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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Veera Ganapathi - The 4th 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 Veera Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Veera Ganapathi is regarded as the 4th among them. ‘Veeram’ or ‘Veera’ refers to valour and courage. Veera Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi possesses as many as sixteen arms, and holds in them numerous powerful and varied weapons like, Chakra, the discus, the bow and arrow, the trident, the sword, the club, the hook, an elephant goad, a mace, a hammer, a spear, a battle axe, a shield, a Nagapasha, the serpent noose and a victory flag. He also holds a fearful vethal, the goblin, as a symbol of the mind.

What is the significance of worshipping Veera Ganapathi?

Veera Ganapathi

Veera Ganapathi is regarded as representing the primordial element Agni, the fire. It is believed that worshipping this powerful Lord will 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 Ganapathi temple in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi’ 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
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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