Siddha Shwetark Ganapati is supposedly one of the purest and rarest holy objects on earth. It is actually obtained from the root of a shrub, which is in the form of Lord Ganesha.
It is called Ark in Sanskrit and Aark in Hindi. The plant has green and blue leaves, while its flowers are small and lack fragrance. This species also has a rare white plant that has white flowers. This plant is a very rare plant and is not found easily.
As per Tantra Shastra, Shwetark Ganesha is used for doing Sadhana. Ganesha Purana claims that the house in which there is a Swetark Ganpati will be free from all evils, and the one who has it can enjoy immense wealth.
Depending on the room in which it is kept, Swetark Ganapati exerts a positive influence on us. For instance, if it is in the bedroom, it can increase one’s vigor, vitality, and enthusiasm. If it is in the study room, it boosts one’s concentration enabling one to study better. One can gain spiritual powers by worshipping it.
Ayurveda talks about two main kinds of Calotropis plant or Madar – ShwetArk (‘Shwet’ means ‘white color’) or the Calotropis with white flowers and Raktarka (‘Rakt’ means ‘blood,’ in this case the color of blood which is red) or Calotropis with red/ purple flowers.
Ark/Madar/Calotropis is native to India and grows profusely in states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Bihar. The plant easily adapts to different kinds of habitats.
The plant has been used in traditional religious and cultural practices since ancient times. During the Vedic age, its leaves were used for Sun worship. Its leaves and flowers are very holy as per Hindu mythology. The leaves of this plant, as well as the flowers and fruits of the Dhatura plant, are used in the worship of Lord Shiva. The flowers of Swetark are strung into garlands and used in the worship of Lord Hanuman.
Where does Shwetark come from?
Swetharka Ganapathi comes from the root of the Shwetark tree, and it is in the shape of Lord Ganesha. It takes twenty-one years for the shape of Lord Ganesha to emerge at the root of the Shwetark tree.
The plant that produces white and fragrant flowers is Shwetark, and it is a rare shrub. The flowers of the Shwetark are the favorite of Lord Shiva. People worship the root of this shrub on auspicious days, and then they dig it out as per Vedic rituals.
It is then carved into the form of Ganesha in Ravi Pushya yoga as per the Mantras and guidelines in the Ganesha Purana. Gold or silver cutters are used to shape the roots in the form of Ganesha. However, the natural shape of the roots resembling the deity is not disturbed, thereby keeping intact the sanctity of the idol.
Significance of Shwetark Ganapati or Madar Ganesha
The belief is that people who worship this idol of Ganesha will be able to enjoy the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Shiva. By worshipping the Ganesha idol that is carved out of the root of Shwetark, devotees can receive the blessings of Shiva and Ganesha, which will help them to gain knowledge and power, secure promotions in job, boost business, maintain joy and harmony in married life, etc. It can also remove want and poverty and attract positive energy in the house. Moreover, it enables one to gain victory over enemies.
Shwetark Ganesha is the lord of Ridhi and Siddhi. If you keep this idol of Ganesha in your home, you can feel the presence of Goddess Lakshmi herself in the house. Your enemies cannot harm you.
It is also said that chanting the Beej Mantra of Lord Ganesha before this idol can help you to get his darshan. The white tree of Aak is a form of Ganesha, and the houses which have it may not experience any trouble from enemies.
Also, the people who dwell in such houses may never suffer hardship or poverty. They will never lack anything in life.
You can be free of many kinds of fevers if you wear the root of Ark extracted in Ravi-Pushya Yoga. Do this treatment early in the morning without telling anyone else. The root has to be made sacred (Abhimantrit) by chanting the Mantra of Lord Ganesha before you wear it. To cure eye ailments, soak some cotton in the milk of the white Aak, and keep it on the thumb of the foot, which is opposite the diseased eye.
It is a very auspicious talisman on account of its divine powers.
Benefits of Shwetark Ganesha
- Blessings of Lord Shiva and Ganesha.
- Gives knowledge and good concentration power.
- Promotion in job and growth in business.
- Joy and harmony in married life.
- Eliminates illness and diseases.
- Bestows wealth and prosperity.
- Eliminates hardships and insufficiency.
- Activates positive energies in the house.
- Grants protection against enemies.
Worshipping Shwetark Ganapati during Ganesh Chaturthi is especially auspicious as it is Ganesha’s birthday.