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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.
Vijaya Ganapati is regarded as the 14th among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. The word ‘Vijaya’ means ‘victory’. Hence Vijaya Ganapati is the ‘lord of victory’ or the ‘victorious lord’. He is red in complexion and is seated comfortably on his usual mount Mushika (rat). The mouse here is depicted as proportionate to the Lord himself in size and is actually seen trotting along quite fast, balancing the Lord on its back with consummate ease. Vijaya Ganapati has four hands and holds in the principal right hand, his favorite fruit mango, which is golden color. He has in his other three hands, his own broken tusk, a noose and an elephant goad.
The Vijaya Ganapati form of Ganesha is the God of achievement and success. It is hence believed that praying to him shall clear impediments immediately, provide relief from difficulties, ensure success in endeavors and make people victorious. This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and also in the Pazhavangadi Ganesha temple there.
The sculptures showing this form of Ganesha can also be found in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapati forms are on display. Vijaya Ganapati can also be worshipped in an idol form, in the famous Ashtavinayak temples in Pune, in the state of Maharashtra. Star Ayilyam, also known as Aslesha Nakshatra is said to be related to this aspect of Ganapati.
Chanting the Vijaya Ganapati mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord.
The mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit, hails him as ‘Lord Ganapati, the victorious’, describes his graceful form and prays for his kindness and blessings.
Pashankusha Svadhantamra Phalavan Akhuvahanah!
Vighnam Nihantu Nah Sarvam Raktavarno Vinayakah!!
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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