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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.
Yoga Ganapati is regarded as the 30th among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. This Ganesha has assumed this name as he is often depicted to be in a yogic posture, with both his knees strapped, while he is absorbed fully in mantra Japa or meditation. Yoga Ganapati looks brilliant as the rising Sun and is clothed in pleasing blue. He holds a Rudraksha mala in his main right hand, while his corresponding left-hand has a yoga staff. A noose and a sugarcane stalk adorn his other two hands.
Yoga Ganapati can be worshipped in the idol form in the Sivalokanathan temple (Nandanar temple) in Thirupungur in Tamilnadu. Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra, the star Purattathi is believed to be associated with this form of Ganapati.
Yoga Ganapati is a form that is immersed fully in meditation, but still, the Lord is deeply concerned with the welfare of his devotees, hears their prayers and addresses their problems, with the help of his immense yogic powers. Hence, his worship is sure to offer protection against all forms of difficulties and relieve the devotees of their concerns and worries.
This prayer hymn describes the form of Yoga Ganapati, who is blissfully immersed in meditation, and seeks his protection and blessings.
Yogaaroodo yoga pattaabhiraamo
Paayaanityam yoga vigneshwaronaha
It is believed that devotees can chant this mantra with devotion, for pleasing the Lord and earning his blessings.
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.