Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the formless Divinity – encapsulated in a magnificent form, for the benefit of the devotee. He is God of knowledge and the remover of obstacles.
Lord Ganesha in some way also symbolizes intelligence in the body. According to Hindu dharma, he represents Mahat, the highest form of Prakriti in the process of creation. In the modern parlance, intelligence represents the higher mind and is crucial for reasoning and discernment. “Ganapati is the lord of universal intelligence (mahat-tattva),” says Bhagavata Tattva.
He is also popularly known as Ganapati. Gan means group. A universe is a group of atoms and different energies. This universe would be in chaos if there was no supreme law governing these diverse groups of entities. The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha. He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all and brings order in this universe.
The head of the Lord Ganesha symbolizes the aatma or the soul, which is considered the ultimate reality of humanity and his human body symbolizes Maya, the trappings of earthly existence.(Facts about Lord Ganesha)
According to Shiva Purana, Shub and Labh are two sons of Lord Ganesha. Shubh and Labh are personifications of auspiciousness and profit respectively. Shubh was the son of Goddess Riddhi and Labh was the son of Goddess Siddhi.
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vināyaka chaturthī and Ganesh Jayanti (Lord Ganesha’s birthday) are celebrated in the month of August or September and January or February respectively in honor of the elephant-headed God.
Lord Ganesha is the lord of knowledge, success, and fulfillment. There are several mantras that can be chanted to invoke Ganapati. These Mantras are also known as Siddhi Mantra – the one with perfection. These Ganesh Mantras are full of energy and the power of Lord Ganesha. Reciting with genuine devotion, Ganesh Mantra gives you positive results.
Vakratunda Ganesh Mantra
One of the most important and also one of the most common Ganpati Mantras, this is the Ganesh mantra for wealth and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Riddhi (Hindu Goddess of Prosperity) and Goddess Siddhi (Hindu Goddess of spiritual enlightenment).
Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa ||
Meaning: “Oh god with curved trunk, the large body whose aura is like a light of many suns, Please make my entire work obstacle free, forever.”
Benefit: Chanting of this Ganesh mantra will help remove every obstacle between one and one’s well-being and helps to achieve wealth, wisdom, good luck, prosperity and success in all the endeavors.
Ganesh Gayatri Mantra
Symbolic meaning behind the broken tusk is that Buddhi(symbolized broken tusk) should always be less than Shraddha or faith(symbolized by full tusk). This is one of the many symbolisms attributed to the broken tusk.
Aum Ekadantaya Viddhamahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi,
Tanno Danti Prachodayat॥
Meaning: “We pray to the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth who is omnipresent. We meditate upon and pray for the greater intellect of the Lord with the curved, elephant-shaped trunk. We bow before the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth to illuminate our minds with wisdom.”
Ekadanta referring to one tusk in the elephant face means that God broke the duality and made us have a complete one-pointed mind.
Benefit: This Ganesh Mantra encourages modesty, righteousness and high-end wisdom in those who chant it.
Basic Ganpati Mantra
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
Meaning: It means bowing down to Ganapati with all our existence and accepting all his great qualities in our self-being.
Benefit: It wards off all the negativities from one’s life before beginning any work. Chanting of this mantra ensures success in all the new ventures that one wishes to undertake.
Namavali Ganesh Mantras
Lord Ganesha is known by his many names. All his names signify the meaning or qualities associated with him.
1. Om Ganadhyakhsaya Namah
Meaning: Ganadhyaksay – Gana means ‘a group’ and ‘Adhyaksh’ means ‘one who is the leader of the group’.
Benefit: One can use this Mantra to ensure the well being of a particular state or a city. One can even chant this Mantra to improve or build upon one’s personal leadership characteristics.
2. Om Gajananaya Namah
Meaning: Gajanan here means One who carries the elephant head. In Sanskrit, gaj means elephant. This Mantra says that if God can carry the elephant’s head to survive and fulfill his duties, even we should put aside our ego and live our lives dutifully.
Benefit: This Mantra motivates such humble living and chanting of it helps one attain his/her inner peace and consciousness.
3. Om Vignanaashnay Namah
Meaning: Ganpati is also worshiped to remove obstacles from one’s life. Here “vigna” means obstacles and “naashnay” means One who removes obstacles.
Benefit: If one is facing problems with his social life, at work or with interpersonal relationships, it can be made easier by chanting this mantra.
4. Om Lambodaraya Namah
Meaning: Ganesha is known to love his food, and has a big, round belly. ‘Lambodar’ thus refers to him as a God who has a big belly.
Benefit: Chanting this mantra allows an individual to love and be one with the whole universe, just like Lord Ganpati.
5. Om Sumukhaya Namah
Meaning: Sumukh means ‘One with a pleasing face’. Lord Ganesha lost his head and replaced it with that of an elephant’s. However, his good spirit and pure soul shone through even on his elephant face, and this made him look beautiful and calm.
Benefit: This Mantra allows one to look past one’s shortcomings, identify and improve upon one’s inner beauty.
6. Om Gajkarnikaya Namah
Meaning: Gaj means Elephant and Karnikay mean ears. With the elephant’s head and elephant ears, Ganesh was unable to listen to everything from all sources.
Benefit: This Mantra allows us to be just like him, and hear and accept only that which is good. Chanting the mantra shields us from external negativity and helps us overcome the stress caused by it.
7. Om Vikataya Namah
Meaning: Here ‘Vikat’ means ‘difficult’.
Benefit: The world is full of difficult situations, and often one may find himself disheartened and unable to focus. This Mantra reminds him that his ultimate goal is salvation, and no matter what happens, he should not lose sight of it. This Ganpati Mantra will keep his eyes on this long-term goal and motivate him towards salvation.
8. Om Vinayakaya Namah
Meaning: ‘Vinayaka’ is the name of Ganesha in the golden age. Vinayaka means ‘something under control’ and also means ‘the Lord of resolving problems’.
Benefit: So by realizing this mantra, one’s life will have a golden age. In one’s office and in his work, he’ll be the boss.
The Rinn Harta Mantra
Om Ganesh Rinnam Chhindhi Varenyam Hoong Namaah Phutt
Meaning: ‘Rinn Harta’ is another name for Lord Ganesha and the English meaning of which is ‘The giver of wealth’. In Hindi, the meaning of Rinn harta or Rhinaharta is derived from the words ‘Rinn’ or ‘Rinnam’ meaning ‘debt’ and ‘harta’ meaning ‘remover’.
Benefit: The Rinn harta mantra or the Rhinaharta mantra is the Lord Ganesh mantra for wealth and prosperity in life as Lord Ganesha is requested to keep debts and poverty away and bring abundance to life.
Siddhi Vinayak Mantra
The Siddhi Vinayak mantra is also one of the most important Ganesh mantras.
Om Namo Siddhi Vinayakaya Sarva kaarya kartrey Sarva vighna prashamnay Sarvarjaya Vashyakarnaya Sarvajan Sarvastree Purush Aakarshanaya Shreeng Om Swaha.
Meaning: The word ‘Siddhi Vinayak’ means ‘the God of Achievement and Enlightenment’. The Mantra in English, therefore, means – “O Lord of Wisdom and Happiness, only you make every endeavor and everything possible; You are the remover of all obstacles and you have enchanted every being in the Universe, you are the Lord of all women and all men, amen.”
Benefit: This Sanskrit Ganesha mantra is recited 108 times in the proper way to achieve peace, prosperity, and Siddhi (Achievement) of spiritual enlightenment, material fulfillment, and strong social influence.
The Shaktivinayak Mantra
Om Hreeng Greeng Hreeng
Meaning: In Hindi, Shakti means power and Vinayak mean ‘the Supreme master’.
Benefit: The Shaktivinayak Ganesh mantra is incanted for financial success and prosperity. It is a powerful mantra for good health and good luck. This mantra is typically recommended to be repeated 108 times in the proper way.
Ganesh Mool Mantra
The Ganesha Mool Mantra is also known as the Ganesha Beeja mantra or the Bija mantra. ‘Beej’ means seed – the source of everything in the universe. This powerful mantra combines several of the Ganpathi Beeja mantras, especially the beeja or the seed sonic vibration associated with Lord Ganpati –‘Gam’.
Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Glaum Gam Ganapataye Vara Varad Sarvajan janmay Vashamanaye Swaha Tatpurushaye Vidmahe Vakratundaye Dhimahi Tanno Danti Prachodyat Om Shantih Shantih Shanthi
Meaning: The Ganesh Mool mantra is the most succinct and powerful Lord Ganesha mantra of all. This mantra celebrates the unique and divine form of God Ganpati (Ganesha) and his powers. The Ganesha Mool (root) Mantra, beginning with the incantation of ‘Om’ evokes positivity, purity, energy and the presence of Lord Ganpati in one’s life.
Benefit: The Ganesh Mool Mantra is believed to create a powerful aura around one’s body because of the cosmic energy in the sound vibrations of the Sanskrit words. This mantra is uniquely musical and lifts the mind to a state of trance. It is widely chanted during Pujas and Yagyas to please Lord Ganesha. It brings peace, good luck, success and removes all obstacles from one’s life if incanted in the proper way.
The correct way to recite Ganesh Mantras
To bring success, wealth, good luck and peace by chanting Ganesh Mantras, you should keep certain things in mind before you begin the incantation of the Ganesh mantras.
- You should freshen up completely before beginning the prayer service.
- You should Devote oneself completely to Lord Ganesha and open himself to the positivity of the Universe.
- You should always begin any kind of Puja offering by chanting the Ganesh Mantra first and follow this routine with dedication.
You should dedicate your Inner Self to Lord Ganesha and chant these mantras.
Benefits of Chanting Ganesh Mantra
- Goddess Lakshmi is also considered as a mother, as Parvati allowed her to consider Ganesha as her son. With Goddess Lakshmi, he grants prosperity, abundance, riches, happiness, money, wealth, good luck, and all material successes.
- With Goddess Saraswati, Ganesha grants scholarship, educational success, intelligence, sharp mind, knowledge, focus, mind powers, and spirituality.
- In Hindu dharma, Lord Ganesha is worshiped at the beginning of every auspicious occasion. Chanting of Ganesh Mantra is considered very auspicious and divine.
- Chanting Ganesh Mantra removes each and every enemy of the devotee’s life and he/she gets focus and clarity. Chanting of his mantras also removes fears and phobia.
- Chanting Ganesh Mantra not only gives rewards for one’s efforts but accelerates one’s progress and helps to become a better person in life.