siddhi vinAyaka nAmAvali – Part 3

Continued from part 2

16640_472891029436126_941226259_nकामिने नमः ।
kAmine namaH
salutations to the loving one

सोमसूर्याग्निलोचनाय नमः ।
somasUryAgnilochanAya namaH
salutations the one who eyes is like the moon , sun and agni.

पाशांकुशधराय नमः ।
pAshAnkushadharAya namaH
salutations to the one who holds pasha, ankusha

छन्दाय नमः ।
ChandAya namaH
salutations to the pleasing one

गुणातीताय नमः ।
guNAtItAya namaH
salutations to the one who is above the qualities

निरंजनाय नमः ।
niranjanAya namaH
salutations to the one who is supreme

अकल्मषाय नमः ।
akalmaShAya namaH
salutations to the one who is spotless /clean

स्वयंसिद्धार्चितपदाय नमः ।
svayansiddhArchitapadAya namaH
स्वयंसिद्ध/ svayaMsiddha – perfect in itself
अर्चित/    arcita –  worshipped

बीजापूरकराय नमः ।
bIjApUrakarAya namaH
बीजापूरक – citron

अव्यक्ताय नमः ।
avyaktAya namaH
salutations to the one who is unmanifest

गदिने नमः ।
gadine namaH .
salutations to the one who is in the form of speech

वरदाय नमः ।
varadAya namaH
salutations to the one who is always granting wishes

शाश्वताय नमः ।
shAshvatAya namaH .
salutations to the one who is everlasting

कृतिने नमः ।
kRitine namaH .
salutations to the one who is learned

विद्वत्प्रियाय नमः ।
vidvatpriyAya namaH
I dont know the meaning /context of this name.

to be continued

skAnda purANa, gaNesanAma


  1. गणाधिप gaNAdhipa
  2. उमा पुत्र umA putra
  3. अघ नाशन agha nasana
  4. विनायक vinAyaka
  5. ईशपुत्र Isaputra
  6. सर्वसिद्धिप्रदायक – sarva siddhipradAyaka
  7. एकदन्त – ekadanta
  8. इभ वक्त्र ibha  vaktra
  9. मूषक वाहन – mUSaka vAhana
  10. कुमार गुरु – kumAra guru

These are the ten names of gaNesa that appears in the chapter 11 of skAnda purANa as narrated by Lord Shiva.  These names should be preceded by namastestu

siddhi vinAyaka nAmAvali – Part 4

Continued from the Part 3

वीतभयाय नमः ।
vItabhayAya namaH
salutations to the one who is fearless

चक्रिणे नमः ।
chakriNe namaH
salutations to the one who is bearing a discus

इक्षुचापधृते नमः ।
ikshuchApadhRite namaH
salutations to the one who holds the sugarcane bow.

 अब्जोत्पलकराय नमः ।
abjotpalakarAya namaH
अब्जोत्पल – lotus /waterlily

श्रीधाय नमः ।
shrIdhAya namaH
bestowing wealth or prosperity

श्रीहेतवे नमः ।
shrIhetave namaH

स्तुतिहर्षताय नमः ।
stutiharShatAya namaH
stuti – praises / harSha – happy

कलाद्भृते नमः ।
kalAdbhRite namaH
I am not sure about the meaning of this name.

जटिने नमः ।
jaTine namaH
salutations to the one who has matted hair

चन्द्रचूडाय नमः ।
chandrachUDAya namaH
salutations to the one who wears a chandra in the tuft of hair

अमरेश्वराय नमः ।
amareshvarAya namaH
salutations to the one who is immortal

नागयज्ञोपवीतिने नमः ।
nAgayaGYopavItine namaH
the one who wears snake as the yagyopavita.

श्रीकांताय नमः ।
shrIkAntAya namaH
beloved by srI

रामार्चितपदाय नमः ।
rAmArchitapadAya namaH
the feet that was worshipped by  Rama

वृतिने नमः ।
vRitine namaH
salutations to the chosen one.

स्थूलकांताय नमः ।
sthUlakAntAya namaH
salutations to the one who has a heavy neck [ कण्ठ , but i am not sure of this meaning ]

त्रयीकर्त्रे नमः ।
trayIkartre namaH
trayi, is three vedas taken collectively

संघोषप्रियाय नमः ।
sanghoShapriyAya namaH
station of herdsmen

पुरुषोत्तमाय नमः ।
puruShottamAya namaH
highest being

स्थूलतुण्डाय नमः ।
sthUlatuNDAya namaH
fat/heavy trunk

अग्रजन्याय नमः ।
agrajanyAya namaH
first born

ग्रामण्ये नमः ।
grAmaNye namaH
troop of people

गणपाय नमः ।
gaNapAya namaH .
head of a troop/lot of people

स्थिराय नमः ।
sthirAya namaH .
remain firm

वृद्धिदाय नमः ।
vRiddhidAya namaH .
causing advancement or prosperity

सुभगाय नमः ।
subhagAya namaH .
possessing good fortune

शूराय नमः ।
shUrAya namaH .

वागीशाय नमः ।
vAgIshAya namaH
one who is a master of language .

सिद्धिदाय नमः ।
siddhidAya namaH
one who grants siddhi

दूर्वाबिल्वप्रियाय नमः ।
dUrvAbilvapriyAya namaH
one who like durva and bilvaleaf

कान्ताय नमः ।
kAntAya namaH
कान्ता – love

पापहारिणे नमः ।
pApahAriNe namaH
the one who removes the papa

कृतागमाय नमः ।
kRitAgamAya namaH
कृतागम     one who has made progress / advanced

समाहिताय नमः ।
samAhitAya namaH

वक्रतुण्डाय नमः ।
vakratuNDAya namaH
having a curved trunk

श्रीप्रदाय नमः ।
shrIpradAya namaH
bestowing happiness or prosperity

सौम्याय नमः ।
saumyAya namaH

भक्ताकांक्षितदाय नमः ।
bhaktAkAnkshitadAya namaH
the one who grants the wishes of the bhakta, devotees

अच्युताय नमः ।
achyutAya namaH

केवलाय नमः ।
kevalAya namaH
absolute, entirely

सिद्धाय नमः ।
siddhAya namaH
acquired [ ref to powers/ qualities]

सच्चिदानंदविग्रहाय नमः ।
sachchidAnandavigrahAya namaH
sachchidAnanda:  consisting of existence and thought and joy

ज्ञानिने नमः ।
GYAnine namaH

मायायुक्ताय नमः ।
mAyAyuktAya namaH
joined by mAyA

दन्ताय नमः ।
dantAya namaH

siddhi vinAyaka nAmAvali – Part 2

Continued from Part 1
शिवाय नमः ।
shivAya namaH .
shivA here means bliss / also a kind of meter

शुद्धाय नमः ।
shuddhAya namaH
salutations to the one who is pure.

बुद्धिप्रियाय नमः ।
buddhipriyAya namaH
salutations to the one who is dear to buddhi devi

शांताय नमः ।
shAntAya namaH
Salutations to the peaceful one.

ब्रह्मचारिणे नमः ।
brahmachAriNe namaH
Brahman who is not  married [ asTasiddhi are his achievements not wife ]

गजाननाय नमः ।
gajAnanAya namaH
salutations to the one who has an elephant face

द्वैमातुराय नमः ।
dvaimAturAya namaH
dwai is two mAturA is mother

मुनिस्तुत्याय नमः ।
munistutyAya namaH
muni is sage , stutyA – worshipped/praised

भक्त विघ्न विनाशनाय नमः ।
bhakta vighna vinAshanAya namaH
bhakta – devotee , vighna is obstacles and vinAsha is destroyer
एकदंताय नमः ।
ekadantAya namaH
eka is one and dantA is tusk

चतुर्बाहवे नमः ।
chaturbAhave namaH
chatur is 4 and bAha is arms

शक्तिसंयुताय नमः ।
shaktisanyutAya namaH
being in conjunction with devi [ shakti ]

चतुराय नमः ।
chaturAya namaH .
salutations to the one who is clever

लंबोदराय नमः ।
laMbodarAya namaH
salutations to the one who is having a large or protuberant belly

शूर्पकर्णाय नमः ।
shUrpakarNAya namaH
salutations to the one who is having ears like winnowing fans

हेरंबाय नमः ।
heraMbAya namaH
one of the forms of Ganesha.  In this form He has 5 faces.

ब्रह्मवित्तमाय नमः ।
brahmavittamAya namaH
brAhma –     divine. ultimate brahman
वित्तमय    /vittamaya- consisting in wealth

कालाय नमः ।
kAlAya namaH
kAlA is time

ग्रहपतये नमः ।
grahapataye namaH
graha – planets pataye – owner

To be continued


12806202_1709260845986763_8811166837234700382_nLong, long ago, Asurendra, the King of asuras, was defeated by Lord Indra, in a battle.  Sad and defeated, he approached his preceptor, Sukracharya and asked his advice as to how to recover his lost Kingdom. Sukracharya advised him that if a son be born to Sage Matanga, then he could assuredly recover his Kingdom from Lord Indra and to get this job done, he suggested that he send a demoness to tempt the sage and beget a child.

The King Asurendra was in two minds.  Whether to send a slave demoness from the harem of his palace, or select somebody close to him. He was keen that the child born out of Sage Matanga should bear his name.  Before matters could come to a crisis, his Queen came forward to help him.  She consented to carry the child from Sage Matanga.  Accordingly, the Asura Queen came to the forests where Sage Matanga was doing his penance. With the power of maya, she took a form of a beautiful damsel, but the sage was resolute in his keenness to continue his penance. Seeing that under no circumstances the sage was co-operating with her, she also undertook to meditate on Sukracharya the guru of asuras.  Years rolled by and there was no change in the condition of Sage Matanga and the asura queen both were in their own worlds and in spite of their physical nearness, they were far apart in their thinking.

One day the  sage broke his meditation and opened his eyes and saw the asura queen, beautiful and charming right in front of him.  He fell in love with her in an instant and he beckoned the ravishingly beautiful asura queen to marry him.  The queen gladly consented at the offer.  However before the union, the Sage Matanga desired that they take the form of elephants and enjoy each other’s company.  gajamukhasura was the result of their union, in the form of elephants.

ganesha_riding_a_mouse_wq03Asurendra, the demon King was overjoyed at the birth of a son to him. But his joy was short lived, as the son who was born had all the features of an Asura, except that he had the head of an elephant. He advised his son, to meditate on Lord Shiva, and ask for a boon so that his deformity could be corrected and also ask for other boons that would make him invincible in wars with devas, especially Lord Indra, and remain a chiranjeevi.

gajamukhAsura was a devotee of Lord Shiva, and lead a life of an ascetic retired to the forests and performed the severest of severe penances, to please Lord Shiva. Years rolled by but gajamukhAsura followed a rigorous practice till Shiva finally appeared before him and promised to grant him anything he might wish. gajamukhAsura immediately asked the great lord Shiva to grant him the boon just as per the direction of asura guru shukrAcharya.

He asked of invincibility and that no celestial, human or animal being may kill him. Furthermore, he asked to be blessed with a boon such that no weapon of any kind may manage to kill him. Shiva granted him both these boons. The greedy gajamukhAsura thought there was one entity that could defeat him – Shiva himself. To remedy this situation gajamukhAsura continued to live his life as an ascetic and performed much more severe penance to Lord Shiva.

50009-Web-320x320Pleased by his devotion,  Shiva appeared before him and offered to grant him a boon. This time gajamukhAsura asked Lord Shiva to reside in his stomach. Shiva is widely known to grant any boon sought by an ardent devotee. So Shiva complied and took up residence in the asuras stomach. Now, finally, gajamukhAsura was invincible!

As a result, he could rein terror upon the inhabitants of both heaven and earth! All the devAs went to Lord Ganesha to seek help. Ganesha defeated the asura army and gajamukhAsura decided to go to the battlefield and fight Lord Ganesha by himself.   Meanwhile he found out that Goddess durga was protecting gajamukhAsura.   Ganesha wanted to know why his mother was protecting the evil asura. Durga explained that Priyamvadha, the wife of gajamukhAsura was her devotee and was continuously praying to her for the protection of gajamukhAsura’s life hence she was fulfilling her devotees wish by protecting gajamukhAsura.  After listening to this  Lord Ganesha quickly thought of a way to both defeat and save gajamukhAsura.

He broke his tusk and flung it at gajamukhAsura who took the form of a rat to escape the tusk as he knew it could kill him because it was not a weapon and the form of Lord Ganesha was that of animal, human and deva combined.  On seeing the great asura king gajamukhAsura as a rat, Lord Ganesha became compassionate and sat on him to subdue his ego. gajamukhAsura felt humbled and surrendered to the Lord, who made him his vahana. Priyamvadha’s wish was also granted as gajamukhAsura became immortal in the form of Lord Ganesha’s vahana (Mushika).

There is yet another story of Yama being mushika.  Vahana mantra is often used in sadhana during ganesha puja.   Saturn or shani graha represents sin and the mouse represents Yama, the god of death, who drags souls to the narka to be punished for their sins. To overcome sins, Yama was turned into a mouse and had to carry Ganesha around the world. Thereby his sins were dissolved. This story is applied to us human beings who suffer due to sins of past karma. To overcome them, as a remedy it is said that we too must become like the mouse and carry Ganesha around the world .

Lord Ganesha, Ketu and Cats eye.

img_7498Lord Ganesha is closely associated with Planet Ketu and is the planetary overlord of Ketu. Lord Ganesha when prayed to  gives the Moksha (enlightenment). Even the traditional forms of Ketu and Ganesha are related.  Ganesha had his head decapitated (see below mythology) and it was replaced with an elephant head. Similarly Ketu is the lower half of a severed snake and head-less. Whenever Ketu is placed in the sign of Sagittarius he is also known as Gaja Roopa (face of an elephant God).

In Vedic astrology, Ketu is also known  as “Moksha Karaka” or an indicator of liberation, has the potential to give enlightenment, bliss and no rebirth when placed in 12th House in a native’s chart.   When Ketu is favorable in a natal chart he brings a lot of luxury, wisdom, spirituality etc.  Ketu, associated god is Ganesha.  His tattva or element is earth. The color is smoky, metal is lead and gemstone is cat’s eye.

The cat’s eye stone helps to prevent unexpected and sudden mishaps and saves one from accidents and secret enemies. It brings fortune for businessman and people involved in speculative endeavor it gives miraculous result. Cat’s eye will be very helpful to hardworking  children or students who are not getting good results of their labour by enabling them to get fruit of their work.

siddhi vinAyaka nAmAvali – Part 1


ॐ विनायकाय नमः ।
Om  vinAyakAya namaH
vi – no, nAyaka – leader
the one who has no leader.

विघ्नराजाय नमः ।
vighnarAjAya namaH
king [ owner ] of obstacles

गौरीपुत्राय नमः ।
gaurIputrAya namaH
Son of gaurI

गणेश्वराय नमः ।
gaNeshvarAya namaH
the king of ganas

स्कन्दाग्रजाय नमः ।
skandAgrajAya namaH
AgrajA – elder
the elder of skandA

अव्ययाय नमः ।
avyayAya namaH
salutations to the imperishable one

पूताय नमः ।
pUtAya namaH
salutations to the  purified one

दक्षाध्यक्ष्याय नमः ।
daksAdhyaksyAya namaH
दाक्ष/ dAkSa – one of the meanings is earth
आध्यक्ष्य/ AdhyakSya – supervision or custody

द्विजप्रियाय नमः ।
dvijapriyAya namaH
dvija – twice born [ ref to brahmin ]
priya is dear

ॐ अग्निगर्भच्छिदे नमः।
Om Agnigarbhachchhide namaH
I am not quite sure of this, because the elders suggest that there are two instances where this name can be applied.  First being the instance when Lord Agni was saved by Ganesha and it is not garbha it is garvA – ego , the one who broke the ego of Agni. [ I am not quite in agreement with this because , Atharvashirsha states – tvam agni.  Then the second version is agnigarbha is a gemstone , actually Ruby.  So the one who pierced the ruby stone.  Incase in future I get to know the exact meaning I will add it as a note.

इंद्रश्रीप्रदाय नमः ।
indrashrIpradAya namaH
indra is best while sri is success/wealth and prayAya is provider

वाणीबलप्रदाय नमः ।
vANIbalapradAya namaH
VANi is music / voice / sound /goddess of speech
bala is strength and pradAya is giver

सर्वसिद्धिप्रदायकाय नमः ।
sarvasiddhipradAyakAya namaH
provider of all siddhi’s

शर्वतनयाय नमः ।
sharvatanayAya namaH .
शर्व is each तनया is family /son

गौरीतनूजाय नमः ।
gaurItanUjAya namaH
son of gauri

शर्वरीप्रियाय नमः ।
sharvarIpriyAya namaH
शार्वरी is twilight . It also means turmeric, but here it suggests twilight.

सर्वात्मकाय नमः ।
sarvAtmakAya namaH
salutations to the universal Soul

सृष्टिकर्त्रे नमः ।
sRiShTikartre namaH
salutations the the one who creates [ srishti is creation ]

देवानीकार्चिताय नमः ।
devAnIkArchitAya namaH
I don’t know the meaning.

To be continued –  Part 2

gaNesa dvAdasha nAmavali – padma pUraNa

Ganesh in MDU upload

ganapati – गणपति – vighnaraj – विघ्नराज् – lambatunda – लम्बतुन्द – gajAnana –  गजानन –  dvaimAtura – द्वैमातुर  – heramba – हेरम्ब – ekadanta – एकदन्त –  gaNAdhipa – गणाधिप – vinayaka  – विनायक – cArukarNa – चारुकर्ण- pashupala -पशुपाल – bhAvatmaja –  भावात्मज

These are the 12 names that appear in the verse which states that when a devotee chants these names early morning before /around sunrise then the one who controls the entire world will protect the devotee from any problems that would arise.  This verse appears in Padma Purana.

All of us have problems and many a times it so happens that during troubled times – emergencies – it is not practical to be able to spend hours in long procedures of puja. So here is a very simple parihara one can follow.



Even the triloka is not equal to the weight of a blade of durvA.  Who could truly know the power of a blade of dUrA which you have offered and which is on gajAnana’s head?  The three evils are destroyed by dura grass because in recollecting dUrvA gajAnana is recollected.  Ganesha Purana , Upasana Khanda states a devotee who neglects a dUrvA offering to Ganesha, is deemed as candala and will end up in many hells.

Edit Note: When ever there is an aspect of “offering” comes in the story, it is nothing much but a parihara given to the devotee.  In this case it is dUrvA – a planetary herb for Rahu graha.  Just like Kusa (Ketu) is used in meditation because it blocks the energy generated during meditation , or even block x-ray radiation.  In short these stories are not to be taken Verbatim.

Nine modes of Bhaktiyoga Sadhana and Ganesha

The nine forms of Bhakti [नवधा भक्ति ] are

  • srAvaNa [ श्रावण ] which is hearing of devatA’s lilA and stories.,
  • kIrtanA [कीर्तना ] (singing of devatA’s glories),
  • smaraNa [स्मरण] (remembrance of the name of the lord and presence),
  • pAdasevA  [पादसेवा] (service of His feet),
  • arcana [अर्चन ](worship of God),
  • vandanA [वन्दना] (prostration to the Lord),
  • dAsya [दास्य] (cultivating the Bhava of a servant with God),
  • sakhya [ सख्य ] (cultivation of the friend-Bhava) and
  • Atmanivedana [आत्मनिवेदन] (complete surrender of the self).

Bhagawan Swanandanatha tells to Mudgalarishi, the 9 devotees who were the best. He says  कार्तिकेय [ kArttikeya , son of parvati devi and shiva ] was sarvasrestha in srAvaNa [ श्रावण ].   While sUryadeva was the best in singing Lord Ganesha‘s glory ie.  kIrtanA [कीर्तना ].   Further He continues and say when it came to smaraNa [स्मरण]  none could equate sri rAm and devi pArvati was the most excellent devotee when it came to pAdasevA  [पादसेवा].

Lord Ganesha continued and told Mudgala , that Lord Vishnu was the sarvasrestha and no one could equate the devotion offered by Lord Vishnu when it came to arcana [अर्चन ] .  He says HIS sarvasrestha bhakti of vandanA [वन्दना] was done by Lord Shiva and  dAsya [दास्य]  form of bhakti no one could equate  Parushurama.   Brahma was sarvasresta in sakhya [ सख्य ] bhakti and finally when it came to Atmanivedana [आत्मनिवेदन] bhakti none could equate shUkrAcharya.

Mudagala Purana , conversation between Ganesha and Mudgala Rishi