32 Forms of Lord Ganesha : Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Ganesh Chaturthi festival is coming soon.

In 2016, Ganesha Chaturthi will be celebrated on 5th September 2016 and Anant Chaturdashi will be celebrated on 15th September 2016.

In this message find thirty two forms of Lord Ganesha.

1. Bala Ganapati

Bala Ganapati Photo

Bala Ganapati is “Childlike” from of Lord Ganesha. In this form, Ganeshji holds banana, mango, sugar cane and jackfruit in his hands, all representing the earth’s abundance and fertility. In this form, Lord Ganesha’s trunk garners his favorite sweet, the modaka.

2. Taruna Ganapati

Taruna Ganapati Photo
Taruna Ganapati, the youthful form of Lord Ganesha is an eight-armed form of Ganpati.

Taruna Ganapathi holds in his right hands a Tusk, Wood-apple, Paddy spikes, and elephant goad (from the lower to upper) while in his left hands a Modak, rose-apple, noose, and a sugarcane branch (from the lower to upper).

Tharuna Ganapathi shines in red color like the noon-day sun.

3. Bhakti Ganapati

Bhakti Ganapati Photo
This appearance of Lord Ganesha’s is very pleasant and calm to look. Bhakti Ganapathi shines in pure white color like the full moon of Sharad Purnima.

Bhakti Ganapathi holds in his right hands Mango and Banana (from the lower to upper) while in his left hands a cup of payasam (milk-sweet) and a coconut (from the lower to upper).

It is believed that devotees who pray to Bhakta Ganapati will be blessed and protected from all dangers.

4. Vira Ganapati

Vira Ganapati Photo

Vira Ganapati, is a Valiant Warrior form Lord Ganesha assumes a commanding pose which has 16 arms.

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

Shakti Ganapati Photo

Shakti Ganapati is considered the most powerful form among all forms of Lord Ganesha.  He is depicted with 4 arms (Chaturbhuja Ganapathi) which hold

Shakti Ganapathi is the most powerful form among all forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganapati is part of Tantric worship.

He appears with a noose in one hand, a garland of flowers in another, a goad in another hand and one hand in the abhaya mudra, offering blessing to his devotees. He is seated with one of his Shakti’s on his knee.

Shakti Ganapati is depicted as being the colour of the sky at sunset.

He is believed to guards the householder.

6. Dwija Ganapati

Dvija Ganapati Photo

Dwija Ganapati is depicted with four heads (Chaturmukha) & 4 arms (Chaturbhuja) similar to Lord Brahma.

This “Twiceborn” form of Ganpati is having moon-like white complexion.

In his hands, he holds a book, rosary beads, kamandalu (vessel used during worship), and a danda (staff). He wears lightning-like bangles on his arms.

7. Siddhi Ganapati

Siddhi Ganapati Photo

This Golden yellow colour form of Lord Ganesha is known as Siddhi Ganapati. He sits comfortably holding a mango fruit, stick of sugarcane, a bunch of flowers and an axe.

In his trunk, he holds sesame sweet. As his complexion is also known as ‘Hema Pingala varna’, he is also known as ‘Pingala Ganapathi’.

Those who worship Siddhi Ganesha will be blessed with prosperity and mastery (siddhi).

8. Ucchhishta Ganapati

Ucchhishta Ganapati Photo
Ucchhishta Ganapati is “Lord of Blessed Offerings” and guardian of culture.

This form of Lord Ganesha has a blue complexion and has six arms. He holds a vina, pomegranate, blue lotus flower, japa mala and a sprig of fresh paddy in his hands.

He is seated with one of his Shakti’s on his knee.

9. Vighna Ganapati

Vighna Ganapati Photo
As the name indicates, this form of Lord Ganesha is considered “Lord of Obstacles”.

Vighna Ganapati is of brilliant gold hue and bedecked in jewels. This form of Ganesha has eight hands. He holds a conch, sugarcane, flower, axe, broken tusk, wheel, paddy and durva grass.

Worshipping Vighna Ganapati helps a person in removing obstacles and bad influences from his lives.

10.Kshipra Ganapati

Kshipra Ganapati Photo

The word Kshipra means quick. Kshipra Ganapathi is a form of Lord Ganesha which is believed to be a quick granter of wishes. Praying to this form of Ganesha leads to quick granting of all your wishes.

This Ganapati is handsome and red-hued and displays his broken tusk, a noose, a goad and a sprig of the Kalpavriksha (symbolising a wish fulfilling tree).

He also holds a tiny pot of precious jewels, a symbol of “wisdom or enlightenment” in his uplifted trunk

11. Heramba Ganapati

Heramba Ganapati Photo

This is a very rare form of Lord Ganesha. It is a five-faced form of Ganapati which is in white colour and has ten hands. He is known as the ‘Protector of the Weak’ and rides on a big lion instead of the usual rat.

In this form left hand of Ganesha is in an abhaya (protective) pose and the right hand is in the varada (reward-giving) pose.

In other hands, Lord Ganesha can be seen holding a noose, japa beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, fruit and modaka.

12.Lakshmi Ganapati

Lakshmi Ganapati Photo

Lakshmi Ganapati is a form of Ganesha  which shows his consorts Siddhi and Buddhi sitting on his laps.

This form of Ganesha is worshipped for attaining wealth and prosperity.

Gesturing varada mudra (reward-giving pose), this form of Ganesha can also be seen holding a green parrot, a pomegranate, sword, goad, noose, sprig of kalpavriksha and a water vessel.

13.Maha Ganapati

Maha Ganapati Photo

This form of Lord Ganesha has three eyes and the crescent moon on his crown. He is also accompanied by one of his shaktis, on his lap. He has a  red complexion similar to a ripe paddy.

He holds a pomegranate, gada (mace), sugarcane bow, chakra (discus), lotus, noose, blue lily, sprig of paddy, tusk, and pot of gems.

This is a tantric form of Lord Ganesha.

14. Vijaya Ganapati

Vijaya Ganapati Photo

Vijaya Ganapati is the 14th among the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. In this form, Lord Ganesha has four arms (Chaturbhuj) having a reddish complexion and is seen sitting on his Mooshika Vahana (Rat).

In his main right hand holds his favorite fruit mango and hold a tush in the main left hand.

In the upper right hand he holds a noose while in the upper left hand he holds an elephant goad.

The word Vijaya means “the Victorious”, hence it is believed that this form of Ganesha is bestower of success.

15.Nritya Ganapati

Nritya Ganapati Photo

As the name indicates, in this form Lord Ganesha is in a happy mood and can be seen dancing under a kalpavriksha tree (wish fulfilling tree).

Nritya Ganapati, is four-armed (Chaturbhj) and has a golden complexion.

His hands hold the single tusk, the elephant goad, the noose, the axe (parashu) or the hatchet (kuthâra).

16.Urdhva Ganapati

Urdhva Ganapati Photo

Urdhva Ganapathi means “the Elevated” form of Lord Ganesha. In this form Lord Ganesha can be seen seated with one of his shaktis on his left knee.

This form of Ganapati has eight hands and is having a golden complexion.

In his main right hand Lord Ganesha holds his tusk and the main left hand is gently around his Shakti. In other hand he holds sprig of paddy, a lotus, a blue lily, a sugar cane bow, arrow and a mace.

It is believed that worshiping this form of Lord Ganesha helps the devotee from all sorts of difficulties by giving them refugee and elevate devotees up in their life.

17.Ekakshara Ganapati

Ekakshara Ganapati Photo

This is the 17th form of 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. It means “Single Syllable” from Bheejashara, the seed letter called “Gam”and also symbolises “OM”

In this form, Lord Ganesha has three eyes and has a crescent moon on his crown.

In this form, Lord Ganesha sits on his usual vahana i.e., the rat, in a yogic lotus posture (Padmasana).

This red complexion form of Lord Ganesha has four arms (Chaturbhuj).

Ekakshara Ganapathi’s main left hand shows the Varda Mudra (reward-giving pose) while his main right hand holds a pomegranate. Both his upper left and right hands hold elephant goad and noose, respectively.

18. Varada Ganapati

Varada Ganapati Photo

As the name indicates, Varada Ganapati is form of Lord Ganesha which gives boons or blessings.

This form of Lord Ganesha also has a third eye and a crescent moon on his crown. He has a red complexion and four arms (chaturbhuj).

In this form also Lord Ganesha can be seen seated with one of his shaktis on his left knee with main left hand gently around her.

In other hands he can be seen holding a noose, goad, a dish of honey, while his trunk holds a pot of jewels.

19.Tryakshara Ganapati

Tryakshara Ganapati Photo

As the name indicates, Tryakshara Ganapati mena s the Lord of Three Letters i.e., A-U-M. This form of Lord Ganesha has golden complexion and has fly whisks in his big floppy ears.

This form of Lord Ganesha has four arms (chaturbhuj) which can be seen holding  the broken tusk, goad, noose and mango while his trunk can be seen holding a modaka.

20. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati

Kshipra Prasada Ganapati Photo

This is the 20th form of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms. As the name indicates, Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is considered to be a quick rewarder of the wishes and instant punisher of the wrong.

Kshipraprasada Ganapati has a crimson red hue complexion and has six hands which hold a noose, goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig of the Kalpavriksha (Wish Fulfilling Tree).

This form of Lord Ganesha also has a third eye and a crescent moon on his crown.

In this form, Lord Ganesha can be seen seated in Kusha grass throne, a sacred grass for Hindus.

21. Haridra Ganapati

Haridra Ganapati Photo

Haridra Ganapati is the 21st form of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms.

In this form the Lord Ganesha is made of turmeric and hence is having a golden complexion. He has four hands (Chaturbhuj).

In this form Lord Ganesha is seated in a posh royal throne and can be seen wearing a bright golden vestment.

In his main right hand he can be seen holding his broken tusk and in his main left hand he can be seen holding his favorite sweet Modaka.

In his upper right hand he holds an elephant goad while in his upper left hand he holds a noose.

22.Ekadanta Ganapati

Ekadanta Ganapati Photo
As the name indicates, this form of Lord Ganesha has a Single Tusk.

This form of Lord Ganesha has a blue colour complexion and has a sizeable large belly which signifies the manifestation of the universe within him.

This form of Lord Ganesha also has four hands (chaturbhuja) and has a third eye.

In this form Lord Ganesha can be seen holding his just-broken tusk in his main right hand while his main left hand holds a sweet (Laddu).

In his upper right hand Lord Ganesha holds a japa beads mala (Rudraksha) and in the upper left hand he holds an axe.

23.Srishti Ganapati

Srishti Ganapati Photo

Srishti Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha.

In this from Lord Ganesha has four hands (chaturbhuja) and can be seen riding on this vahana the rat.

This form of Lord Ganesha has a crimson reddish complexion has he can be seen holding a noose, goad, mango and broken tusk in his hands.

Srishti Ganapati is the lord of happy “Manifestation” and is believed to be an active God.

It is believed that worshiping this form of Lord Ganesha will help a devotee in overcoming hurdles in life and will also help in developing clarity of thought.

24. Uddanda Ganapati

Uddanda Ganapati Photo

Uddanda Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha.

This form of Lord Ganesha has ten arms (dasabhuj) can can be seen holding a pot of gems, a blue lily, sugar cane, a mace, lotus flower, sprig of paddy, a pomegranate, noose, garland and his broken tusk in his hands.

In this form also Lord Ganesha can be seen seated with one of his shaktis on his left knee with main left hand gently around her.

This form of Lord Ganesha also has a third eye. His complexion is of reddish colour and appears to be angry. This form of Ganesha punishes the evil doers and reinstates Dharma.

This is a very rare form of Lord Ganesha.

25. Rinamochana Ganapati

Rinamochana Ganapati Photo

Rinamochana Ganapati has four arms (chaturbhuj) and can be seen holding a noose, goad, broken tusk and rose apple in his hands.

It is believed that worshiping of this form of Lord Ganesha helps a devotee to overcome bondage, guilt, sins and he is finally blesses with Moksha.

It is also believed that this form of Ganesha helps in overcoming difficulties in the path to success.

26.Dhundhi Ganapati

Dhundhi Ganapati Photo

This is the 26th form of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha.

In the Dhundi Ganapati form, Lord Ganesha has a reddish complexion and has four arms (Chaturbhuj). He can be seen holding  a strand of rudraksha
beads, his broken tusk, an axe and a small pot of precious gems in his hands.

This form is worshipped in many temples in India. It is believed that worshipping this form of Lord Ganesha helps in attaining moksha.

27. Dvimukha Ganapati

Dvimukha Ganapati Photo

As the name indicates, Dvimukha Ganapati is a form of Lord Ganesha having  two heads. This form is one among the 32 forms of Ganesh.

In this form, Lord Ganesha has four arms (ChHaturbhuj) which hold noose, goad, broken tusk and a pot of gems. The body of this form of Lord Ganesha is blue-green and is dressed in red silk garments.

In this form Lord Ganesha can be seen wearing a bejeweled crown.

It is believed that praying of this form of Lord Ganesha is helpful in attaining peace, prosperity and a long life.

28.Trimukha Ganapati

Trimukha Ganapati Photo

As the name indicates, Trimukha Ganapati is Ganesha with three faces. In this form, red coloured Lord Ganesha is seated on a golden lotus with left hand in an abhaya (protective) pose and the right in the varada (reward-giving) pose. He also holds a sharp goad, prayer beads, noose and pot of nectar.

It is believed that praying this form of Lord Ganesha helps in getting rid of past sins. He also guides a person in this life to attain Moksha.

29. Sinha Ganapati

Sinha Ganapati Photo

Sinha Ganapati can be seen riding on a lion instead his normal vehicle i.e., the rat. In this form Lord Ganesha is white in colour and can be seen holding a lion in one hand which symbolizes strength and fearlessness.

In this form left hand of Ganesha is in an abhaya (protective) pose and the right hand is in the varada (reward-giving) pose.

In his other hands are a sprig of a kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling tree), the veena (musical instrument), a lotus, a bunch of flowers and a pot of gems.

30.Yoga Ganapati

Yoga Ganapati Photo

As the name indicated, in this form Lord Ganesha can be seen in a yogic stance. He can be seen absorbed in mantra japa with his hands holding a yoga staff, sugar cane stalk, a noose and prayer beads while his knees strapped in meditative pose.

Colour of this form of Lord Ganesha is like the colour of morning sun and he is wearing blue coloured garments.

31.Durga Ganapati

Durga Ganapati Photo
Durga Ganapati, the “Invincible,” waves
the flag of victory over darkness.

This form of Lord Ganesha has a huge body and burnt-gold complexion dressed with red garmnents. He holds prayer beads, an arrow, goad and tusk in his right hands and a noose, bow, flag, and rose apple fruit in his left.

32. Sankatahara Ganapati

Sankatahara Ganapati Photo

As the name indicates, this form of Ganesha is the remover of sorrows – ‘Sankata hara’

In this form Lord Ganesha is seated on a red lotus flower and his Shakti (female energy) sits on his lap.

He holds a bowl of pudding, a goad and a noose while gesturing the boongranting varada mudra.

The complexion of Sankatahara Ganesha is that of the rising sun and is shown wearing blue color dress.

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