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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Vigna Ganapathi - The 9th 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 Vigna Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Vigna Ganapathi is regarded as the 9th among them. The Sanskrit word ‘Vigna’ refers to obstructions, impediments, remaining agitated etc. Vigna Ganapathi is hence regarded as the Lord one who can remove such obstacles and difficulties, and clear the way for progress and success. Vigna Ganapathi is a rare form, as he holds Shankha, the conch and Chakra, the discus, in two of his hands, very similar to Lord Vishnu. The other hands of this eight-armed Lord, are having in them, his broken tusk and his favourite sweet Modhaka, a noose, an elephant goad, a battle axe, a sugarcane and a flower arrow. He is resplendent in golden yellow colour, is fully decorated with ornaments all over his body and holds a bunch of flowers at the end of his curved trunk, known as pushpamanjari.

What is the significance of worshipping Vigna Ganapathi?

Vigna Ganapathi

Vigna Ganapathi is a benevolent aspect of Lord Ganesha, that mitigates problems and solves difficulties. It is believed that sincere prayers offered to him regularly can remove obstacles and negative influences, and bring for the devotees, success and prosperity. He 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. Vigna Ganapathi can also be worshipped in an idol form, in the Thirukurungudi Temple near Tirunelveli, in southern Tamil Nadu. Rohini Star or Nakshatra is said to be related to Vigna Ganapathi.

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

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit,

  • Shankheshu Chaapa Kusumeshu Kuthara
  • Pashachakra Swadanta Sruni Manjarikaa Sharaduhai
  • Paanishritaih Parisameehita Bhhoshana Shrih
  • Vighneshvaro Vijayato Tapaneeya Gaur

hails him as ‘The obstacle removing Ganapathi’, describes his form and prays for his grace and blessings.

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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