Ganapathi or Ganesha is one of the most popular and widely-worshipped Gods of our land. He is hailed as the Lord of knowledge, wisdom and auspiciousness, an embodiment of grace and compassion, the remover of obstacles and the harbinger of success. He is the divine son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi and is both loved and revered. He remains a unique God with a pot belly, an elephant face and a mouse mount. He is a Brahmachari, a celibate who holds an elephant-goad in his hand, showing his mastery over the deadly vice of egoism. He is celebrated as a hero of strength, a happy dancer, a sweet child and as many more, and is believed to represent aspects like good health, wealth, success, and happiness. All rituals, events and auspicious activities are generally begun only with Ganapathi worship. Hence, it is a widely followed custom to seek his blessings before starting any endeavor, undertaking any venture or making any new beginning. Legend also records that it was Ganapathi, who wrote down the colossal epic Mahabharatha which was composed and dictated by sage Veda Vyasa, breaking his tusk and using it as a writing instrument.
It is for these reasons that Ganapathi worship is being 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.
Ganapathi Mantras are prayer hymns chanted in praise of the great Lord. Most of them are quite simple and easy to recite, but when taken with faith, can bestow tremendous benefits to the devotees, both materially and spiritually.
As in the case of many other hymns, Ganapathi mantras too can both be recited aloud or taken internally as a form of meditation. The energy that their chanting can generate is immense and can be all-pervading. While enhancing the spiritual power of a person, this can help to sync the energy of an individual with that of the immeasurable universal power. Hence, people have been reciting these mantras for ages, and have been getting miraculous benefits out of it in the form of material progress and spiritual advancement.
Here let us go through one of the powerful Ganesh mantras that are widely used by the devotees for getting the grace of the Lord.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
This is hailed as Ganapathi Maha Mantra, the great hymn dedicated to the elephant-faced Almighty.
This is a simple prayer of reverence to Lord Ganapathi, where the devotee bows before him with respect.
‘Om’ is a Pranava Mantra which is omnipresent and all-pervading, and that carries a profound sense in it, too. ‘Gam’ is the Beej mantra or the most fundamental ‘seed’ syllable of Ganesha, and is believed to contain in it, his divine power in its entirety. ‘Ganapathi’ is another name for this obstacle remover and ‘Namah’ is a humble salutation.
This mantra is an invocation that is chanted before beginning any new venture, and it is believed that this can please the Lord, remove negativities and ensure success.
This can also increase the individual abilities and the mental power, and can also be utilized for the common good.