Ganesh can be regarded as one of the most popular Gods worshipped in our land. He is hailed as the Lord of auspiciousness, remover of obstacles and harbinger of success, and is both loved and venerated. He is the divine son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi and remains an unique God with a pot belly and an elephant face. 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, wisdom, wealth, success and happiness. It is a widely followed custom to seek his blessings before starting any endeavor, undertaking a venture, making a new beginning or performing any auspicious event or ritual.
Here let us go through some of the powerful Ganesh mantras which are widely used by the devotees for getting the grace of the Lord.
Basic Ganapathi Mantra
‘Om Gam Ganapathaye Namaha’
This is a simple prayer of reverence to Lord Ganapathi, where the devotee bows before him with respect.
This is an invocation that is chanted before beginning any new venture and it is believed that this can remove negativities and ensure success.
Ganesh Moola Mantra
‘Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Glaum Gam Ganapataye Vara Varad Sarvajan janmay Vashamanaye Swaha Tatpurushaye Vidmahe Vakratundaye Dhimahi Tanno Danti Prachodyat Om Shantih Shantih Shanthi’
Also known as the Ganesh Beej Mantra, this is regarded as the most fundamental of all the prayer hymns. A ‘Beej’ is a seed and just as a seed remains as the origin of a plant and has the potential to grow into a big tree, this mantra has the power to invoke the divinity and earn his blessings for the devotee. This mantra is actually a combination of several Beej mantras of Lord Ganapathi and its chanting is a definite means of propitiating the Lord and earning his blessings, for removal of impediments and for bringing in success, good luck and peace.
Vakratunda Ganesh Mantra
‘Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa’
This can be considered as one of the most popular and widely used Ganesha mantras. This addresses the God as the big-bodied one with a curved trunk and also as the one who shines like many Suns put together; and prays to him for clearing all the obstacles of the devotees.
This mantra is said to be dedicated not only to the Lord but also to his spouses, Riddhi, the Goddess of prosperity and Siddhi, the Goddess of success and enlightenment. It is believed that its chanting can remove impediments and bestow one with wisdom, wealth and success.
Ganesh Gayathri Mantra
‘Aum Ekadantaya Viddhamahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi,
Tanno Danti Prachodaya’
Gayathri mantras are powerful hymns and there are different such mantras addressed to different deities. This mantra is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and terms him as Ekadanta, the single tusked one. While as per legends, the Lord broke one of his tusks and used it as a pen for writing the epic Mahabharatha, it is said that the single-tusk denotes the Lord breaking the duality and providing us with a single-minded focus.
Chanting this mantra can bestow one with the righteous frame of mind, humility and wisdom.
Siddhi Vinayak Mantra
‘Om Namo Siddhi Vinayakaya Sarva kaarya kartrey Sarva vighna prashamnay Sarvarjaya Vashyakarnaya Sarvajan Sarvastree Purush Aakarshanaya Shreeng Om Swaha’
‘Siddhi’ is the word for accomplishment and Siddhi Vinayak remains as the God of success and enlightenment. This mantra is also regarded as one of the very important Ganesh mantras.
This mantra addresses him as the God of intelligence and joy, remover of obstacles and provider of success, enchanter of the universe and as the Lord of all beings.
This hymn is generally recited 108 times and it is believed that its chanting with faith can earn the complete blessings of the Ganesh and get for the devotees prosperity, material comforts, achievements, good social standing and spiritual advancement.
Chanting these mantras with a pure heart and with total faith in the Lord is sure to get for the devotees, the immense grace of the compassionate Ganesh.