Lord Shree Ganesh is god of knowledge and the remover of obstacles. Lord Ganesha is worshipped, or at least remembered, in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness. He has four hands, elephant’s head and a big belly. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. In his hands he carries a rope (to carry devotees to the truth), an axe (to cut devotees’ attachments), and a sweet dessert ball "Laddoo" (to reward devotees for spiritual activity). His fourth hand’s palm is always extended to bless people. A unique combination of his elephant like head and a quick moving tiny mouse vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intellegence, and presence of mind.
32 Forms of Lord Ganesh
1. Bala Ganapati
Bala Ganapati is "the Childlike" God of
golden hue. In His hands He holds a banana,
mango, sugar cane and jackfruit, all
representing the earth’s abundance and
fertility. His trunk garners His favorite
sweet, the modaka.
2. Taruna Ganapati
Eight-armed, Taruna Ganapati, "the
Youthful," holds a noose and goad, modaka,
wood apple, rose apple, His broken
tusk, a sprig of paddy and a sugar cane
stalk. His brilliant red color reflects the
blossoming of youth.
3. Bhakti Ganapati
Shining like the full moon during harvest
season and garlanded with flowers,
Bhakti Ganapati, dear to devotees, is indeed
pleasant to look upon. He holds a
banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of
sweet payasa pudding.
4. Vira Ganapati
The "Valiant Warrior," Vira Ganapati, assumes
a commanding pose. His 16 arms
bristle with weapons, symbols of mind
powers: a goad, discus, bow, arrow,
sword, shield, spear, mace, a
battleaxe, a trident and more.
5. Shakti Ganapati
Four-armed and seated with one of His shaktis
on His knee, Shakti Ganapati, "the Powerful,"
of orangered hue, guards the
householder. He holds a garland, noose
and goad, and bestows blessings with the
6. Dvija Ganapati
Four-headed Dvija Ganapati, "the Twiceborn,"
is moon-like in color. Holding a
noose, a goad, an ola leaf scripture, a
staff, water vessel and a his japa beads,
He reminds one and all of the urgency for
7. Siddhi Ganapati
Golden-yellow Siddhi Ganapati, "the
Accomplished," is the epitome of
achievement and self-mastery. He sits
comfortably holding a bouquet of
flowers, an axe, mango, sugar cane
and, in His trunk, a tasty sesame
8. Ucchhishta Ganapati
Ucchhishta Ganapati is "Lord of Blessed
Offerings" and guardian of culture. Of
blue complexion and sixarmed, He sits
with His Shakti, holding a vina, pomegranate,
blue lotus flower, japa mala and
a sprig of fresh paddy.
9. Vighna Ganapati
Vighna Ganapati, "Lord of Obstacles," is
of brilliant gold hue and bedecked in jewels.
His eight arms hold a noose and goad,
tusk and modaka, conch and discus, a
bouquet of flowers, sugar cane, flower
arrow and an axe.
Handsome, red-hued Kshipra Ganapati,
"Quick-acting" giver of boons, displays
His broken tusk, a noose, goad and a sprig
of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree.
In His uplifted trunk He holds a tiny pot
of precious jewels.
11. Heramba Ganapati
Five-faced, white in color, Heramba Ganapati,
"Protector of the Weak," rides a
big lion. He extends the gestures of protection
and blessing while holding a
noose, japa beads, axe, hammer, tusk,
garland, fruit and modaka.
Lakshmi Ganapati, pure white giver of
success, sits flanked by Wisdom and
Achievement. Gesturing varada mudra,
He holds a green parrot, a pomegranate,
sword, goad, noose, sprig of kalpavriksha
and a water vessel.
Accompanied by one of His shaktis,
"the Great,"Maha Ganapati, is redcomplexioned
and three-eyed. He holds His
tusk, a pomegranate, blue lily, sugarcane
bow, discus, noose, lotus, paddy
sprig, mace and a pot of gems.
14. Vijaya Ganapati
Four-armed, of red hue and riding His resourceful
mushika, Vijaya Ganapati is
"the Victorious" bestower of success. His
insignia are the broken tusk, elephant
goad, a noose and a lucious golden
mango, His favorite fruit.
The happy "Dancer," Nritya Ganapati, is
four-armed and golden, with rings on
His fingers, holding a tusk, goad, noose
and modaka sweet. He prances under
the kalpavriksha tree, epitomizing exuberant
activity and joy.
Seated with one of His shaktis on His left
knee, Urdhva Ganapati is "the Elevated"
Lord of golden hue. In His six hands He
holds a sprig of paddy, a lotus, the sugar
cane bow, an arrow, His ivory tusk and a
blue water lily.
Ekakshara, of "Single-Syllable" (gam), is
three-eyed, of red complexion and attire.
Crescent moon on His crown, He sits in
lotus pose upon Mushika, offers the
boon-giving gesture and holds a pomegranate,
noose and goad.
18. Varada Ganapati
Varada Ganapati, "the Boon-Giver with
prominent third eye of wisdom, holds a
dish of honey, the noose and goad and
encloses a pot of jewels in His trunk.
His shakti is at His side, and the crescent
moon adorns His crown.
Tryakshara Ganapati, "the Lord of Three
Letters" (A-U-M), is gold in color and
has fly whisks in His big floppy ears.
He carries the broken tusk, goad, noose
and mango and is often seen grasping a
sweet modaka in His trunk.
20. Kshipra Prasada
Kshipra Prasada Ganapati, "the Quick
Rewarder," presides from a kushagrass
throne. His big belly symbolizes the
manifest universe. He holds a noose,
goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a
twig of the wish-fulfilling tree.
21. Haridra Ganapati
Haridra Ganapati, the golden one
dressed in bright yellow vestments, sits
calmly on a posh, regal throne. Along
with His tusk and a modaka, He wields
a noose to hold devotees close and a
sharp goad to spur them onward.
Ekadanta, of "Single Tusk," is distinguished
by His blue color and sizeable
belly. The attributes of this murti are an
axe for cutting the bonds of ignorance,
prayer beads for japa, a laddu sweet and
the broken right tusk.
Riding on His docile and friendly
mouse, Srishti Ganapati is the lord of
happy "Manifestation." This active God,
of red complexion, holds His noose a
goad, a perfect mango, and His tusk,
representing selfless sacrifice.
24. Uddanda Ganapati
Uddanda Ganapati is the bold "Enforcer
of Dharma," the laws of being. His ten
hands hold a pot of gems, a blue lily,
sugar cane, a mace, lotus flower, sprig
of paddy, a pomegranate, noose, garland
and His broken tusk.
25. Rinamochana Ganapati
Rinamochana Ganapati is humanity’s
liberator from guilt and bondage. His
figure of alabaster skin is apparel in red
silks. He bears a noose and a goad, His
milk-white tusk and a favorite fruit, the
Red-hued Dhundhi Ganapati, "the
Sought After," holds a strand of rudraksha
beads, His broken tusk, an axe and a
small pot of precious gems thought to
represent the treasury of awakenings He
saves for all ardent devotees.
27. Dvimukha Ganapati
Dvimukha Ganapati, called Janus by the
Romans, with two divergent faces, sees
in all directions. His blue-green form is
dressed in red silk. He wears a bejeweled
crown and holds a noose, goad, His
tusk and a pot of gems.
Trimukha Ganapati, the contemplative
"three-faced" Lord of red hue, sits on a
golden lotus, telling His beads, holding
a noose, goad and vessel of nectar. He
gestures protection with a right hand
and blessings with a left.
29. Sinha Ganapati
Sinha Ganapati, white in color, rides a
lion and displays another lion in one
hand, symbolizing strength and fearlessness.
He also holds a kalpavriksha sprig,
the vina, a lotus blossom, flower bouquet
and a pot of jewels.
Yoga Ganapati is absorbed in mantra
japa, His knees strapped in meditative
pose, hands holding a yoga staff, sugar
cane stalk, a noose and prayer beads.
His color is like the morning sun. Blue
garments adorn His form.
Durga Ganapati, the "Invincible," waves
the flag of victory over darkness. This
splendid murti is of deep gold hue,
dressed in red, holding a bow and arrow,
noose and goad, prayer beads, broken
tusk and a rose apple.
32. Sankatahara Ganapati
Sankatahara Ganapati, "the Dispeller of
Sorrow," is of sunlike hue, dressed in
blue, and seated on a red lotus flower.
He holds a bowl of pudding, a goad and
a noose while gesturing the boongranting