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The Many Mantras of Lord Ganesha

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012

Ganesha mantras are called siddhi mantras, The One with Perfection brings out higher powers inherent in your true Self.

The Elephant God is the manifestation of a protective force. Ganesha, also known as the prominent leader or Vinayaka, is the keeper of wisdom and worldly success. While the Hindus claim the Elephant God as their own, it is probable that he was around in aboriginal form as a Dravidian sun god, or an ancient shamanistic animal protector. Chanting the mantras of Ganesha are meant to raise one’s vibration to be in alignment with peace, prosperity and achievement.

He both removes obstacles and creates them as it is necessary to protect the mantra-chanter from ‘evil,’ which really means, the projections of the ego. Other names of Lord Ganesha include Garnapati, Gajanana, Gajadhipati, Lambkarn, Lambador, and Ekadant. The Elephant God is also the son of Parvati and Shiva in ancient Hindu texts. As the story goes, Ganesha was sent to guard  over his mother, Parvati, in the archetypal form of the wise elephant.

Deities and mantras are often confused by westerners that come from mono-theistic cultures. Ganesha, like other gods, are merely a manifestation of the Infinite Divine, and represent qualities in our higher selves that we are still learning to hold consistently as our own.

You can repeat these mantras with Lord Ganesha in mind, or simply concentrate on the Sanskrit syllables,

The Sanskrit Alphabet

allowing them to change your body and mind through bio-acoustics. Mantras work by invoking seed syllable sounds (called beeja) that affect the brain wave patterns and thus your physiology. In fact, each letter of Devanagari, the alphabet of Sanskrit, is called a little goddess for the power it emanates. It contains deity in sound. The sound is the power of the divine all on its own.

Here are just a few of the dozens of mantras created to bring forth Ganesha’s power:

Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee SamaPrabha

Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa

Translation: O Lord Ganesha of huge body, curved trunk, with the brilliance of a million suns, please make all my endeavors free of obstacles, always.

From the Ganapti Upanishad:

Aum gam ganapataye namah

Translation: (to be used before a journey, a new course of action, a new relationship, etc.) Om, salutations, Oh Remover of Obstacles, I bow to thee!

The following mantras can all be loosely translated to call forth the power of Lord Ganesha:

Aum shri ganeshaya namah

From the Ganesha Purana:

Aum vakratundaya hum

Aum Shrim Hrim Klim Glaum Gam Ganapataye vara varada sarva janamme vashamanaya svaha


About the Author

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny,  Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.

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