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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Vijaya Ganapathi - The 14th 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 Vijaya Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Vijaya Ganapathi is regarded as the 14th among them. The word ‘Vijaya’ means ‘Victory’. Hence Vijaya Ganapathi is the ‘Lord of Victory’ or the ‘Victorious Lord’. He is red in complexion and is seated comfortably on his usual mount of Mushika. 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 Ganapathi has four hands and holds in the principal right hand, his favourite fruit of mango, which is of golden colour. He has in his other three hands, his own broken tusk, a noose and an elephant goad.

What is the significance of worshipping Vijaya Ganapathi?

The Vijaya Ganapathi form of Ganesha is the God of achievement and success. It is hence believed that praying to him will clear impediments immediately, provide relief from difficulties, ensure success in endeavours and make people victorious. This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and also in the Pazhavangadi Ganesh temple there.

Vijaya Ganapathi

The sculptures showing this form of Ganesha can also be found in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapathi forms are on display. Vijaya Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi.

Chanting the Vijaya Ganapathi 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 Ganapathi, the victorious’, describes his graceful form and prays for his kindness and blessings.

  • Pashankusha Svadhantamra Phalavan Akhuvahanah!
  • Vighnam Nihantu Nah Sarvam Raktavarno Vinayakah!!
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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