The 32 Forms of Lord Ganesha

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Bala Ganapati

Bala Ganapati, “the Childlike”, is a golden hue. In His four hands, He holds a banana, jackfruit, mango, and sugarcane. In His trunk is His favorite sweet, the modaka.

Bala Ganapati

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Taruna Ganapati

Taruna Ganapati, “the Youthful”, is brilliant red. In his Eight arms, he holds His broken tusk, goad and noose, modaka, rose apple, sprig of paddy, sugarcane stalk and a wood apple.

Taruna Ganapati

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Bhakti Ganapati

Bhakti Ganapati, “Dear to Devotees”, is the color of a full moon during harvest season and garlanded with flowers. He holds a banana, coconut, mango and a bowl of sweet payasa pudding.

Bhakti Ganapati

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Vira Ganapati

Vira Ganapati, the “Valiant Warrior”, is red in color. In His 16 arms, he holds many weapons, such as a bow and arrow, battleaxe, chakra, discus, gada, goad, mace, noose, shield, spear, sword, trident, pickaxe, snake and a banner.

Vira Ganapati

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Shakti Ganapati

Shakti Ganapati, ” Powerful”, guards the householder. He is a orange-red color, the color of the setting sun. He is seated with a green colored shaktis on His knee. In His four arms, He holds a garland of flowers, goad and noose and bestows blessings with the abhaya mudra.

Shakti Ganapati

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Dvija Ganapati

Four-headed, Dvija Ganapati, ” Twice-born,” is the color of the moon. He holds a goad and noose, kamandalu (water vessel), mala beads, staff, and book of ola leaf scriptures.

Dvija Ganapati

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Siddhi Ganapati

Siddhi Ganapati, ” Accomplished,” is Golden-yellow. The lord of achievement and self-mastery is seated comfortably.He is holding an axe, bouquet of flowers, mango, sugarcane stalk, and a tasty sesame sweet in his trunk.

Siddhi Ganapati

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Ucchhishta Ganapati

Ucchhishta Ganapati, the “Lord of Blessed Offerings” is blue in color. He is the guardian of culture. In his six arms, he holds a blue lotus blossom, mala beads, pomegranate, a sprig of paddy and a vina. With him sits His Shakti.

Ucchhishta Ganapati

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Vighna Ganapati

Vighna Ganapati, “Lord of Obstacles,” is a brilliant gold hue and bedecked in jewels. In His eight arms, He hold an axe, a bow with flower arrows, bouquet of flowers, conch shell, discus, goad and noose, and sugarcane stalk.

Vighna Ganapati

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Kshipra Ganapati

Kshipra Ganapati, the “Quick-acting” giver of boons. He is red in color and handsome. He holds His broken tusk, goad and noose, and a twig of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree. In His uplifted trunk He holds a tiny pot of precious jewels.

Kshipra Ganapati

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Heramba Ganapati

Five-faced, Heramba Ganapati, the “Protector of the Weak,” is white in color. He rides upon a lion. He holds an axe, broken tusk, fruit, hammer, garland of flowers, mala beads, modaka, and noose. He is gesturing the murda of protection and blessing.

Heramba Ganapati

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Lakshmi Ganapati

Lakshmi Ganapati, the “giver of success”, is pure white. He sits with two shaktis, Wisdom and Achievement. He holds a goad and noose, kamandalu (water vessel), pomegranate, sword, twig of kalpavriksha and a green parrot. He is gesturing the varada mudra.

Lakshmi Ganapati

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Maha Ganapati

Three eyed, Maha Ganapati, ” Great,” is red in color. He is accompanied by one of His shaktis. He holds His broken tusk, blue lily, bow, discus, lotus blossom, mace, noose, pomegranate, sprig of paddy, sugarcane stalk and a pot of gems.

Maha Ganapati

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Vijaya Ganapati

Vijaya Ganapati, ” Victorious” is the bestower of success. He is red in color and rides His mount, Mushika. In his four arms, he holds his broken tusk, goad and noose and a mango, His favorite fruit.

Vijaya Ganapati

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Nritya Ganapati

Nritya Ganapati, the “Happy Dancer,” is golden, and wears rings on His fingers. In his four arms, he holds his broken tusk, goad and noose and modaka sweet. He prances under the kalpavriksha tree, full of life and joy.

Nritya Ganapati

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Urdhva Ganapati

Urdhva Ganapati, ” Elevated” is a golden color. He is seated with one of His shaktis on His left knee. In His six hands, He holds His broken tusk, bow and arrow, lotus, sprig of paddy, sugarcane stalk and a blue water lily.

Urdhva Ganapati

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Ekakshara Ganapati

Three eyed, Ekakshara, of the “Single-Syllable”, is red of color and attire. He wears a crescent moon on His crown. He sits in lotus pose upon Mushika. He holds a goad and noose, pomegranate and is gesturing the boon-giving murda.

Ekakshara Ganapati

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Varada Ganapati

Varada Ganapati, ” Boon-Giver” is red in color with a prominent third eye of wisdom. His shakti is at His side and the crescent moon adorns His crown. He holds a dish of honey, goad and noose and a pot of jewels in His trunk.

Varada Ganapati

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Tryakshara Ganapati

Tryakshara Ganapati, ” Lord of Three Letters” (A-U-M), is gold in color and has fly whisks in His big floppy ears. He holds his broken tusk, goad and noose, mango, and is holding a sweet modaka in His trunk.

Tryakshara Ganapati

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Kshipra Prasada Ganapati

Kshipra Prasada Ganapati, ” Quick Rewarder,” rests on a kusha-grass throne. His big belly symbolizes the manifest universe. He holds his broken tusk, goad and noose, lotus blossom, pomegranate and a twig of the Kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling tree).

Prasada Ganapati

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Haridra Ganapati

Haridra Ganapati, ” golden one” is yellow in color and is dressed in bright yellow vestments. He sits calmly on a regal throne. He holds His broken tusk, goad and noose and a modaka sweet.

Haridra Ganapati

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Ekadanta Ganapati

Ekadanta Ganapati, “Single Tusk,” is blue in color and has a huge belly. He holds an axe, his broken right tusk, mala beads and a laddu sweet.

Ekadanta Ganapati

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Srishti Ganapati

Srishti Ganapati, “the Creator” is red in color. He is riding Mushika, his mouse. He holds his broken tusk, goad and noose and a perfect mango.

Srishti Ganapati

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Uddanda Ganapati

Uddanda Ganapati, the “Enforcer of Dharma,” and the punisher of evil. In His ten arms, he hold His broken tusk, blue lily, lotus blossom, garland of flowers, mace, noose, sprig of paddy, sugarcane stalk, pomegranate and a pot of gems.

Uddanda Ganapati

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Rinamochana Ganapati

Rinamochana Ganapati is humanities “Liberator” from guilt and bondage. He is alabaster white and clothed in red silks. He holds his broken tusk, goad and noose, fruit, and a rose apple.

Rinamochana Ganapati

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Dhundhi Ganapati

Dhundhi Ganapati, ” Sought After”, is red in color. He holds a strand of rudraksha beads, an axe, His broken tusk, and a small pot of precious gems.

Dhundhi Ganapati

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Dvimukha Ganapati

Two headed, Dvimukha Ganapati, ” two-faced” is blue-green in color and is dressed in red silk. He wears a bejeweled crown. he holds his broken tusk, goad and noose and a pot of gems.

Dvimukha Ganapati

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Trimukha Ganapati

Three headed, Trimukha Ganapati, the “three-faced” is red in color and sits on a golden lotus. He holds mala beads, goad and noose, and a vessel of nectar. He gestures protection with a right hand and blessings with a left.

Trimukha Ganapati

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Sinha Ganapati

Sinha Ganapati, the “lion-rider” is white in color. He rides a lion and displays another lion in one hand, symbolizing strength and fearlessness. He also holds a lotus blossom, bouquet of flowers, kalpavriksha twig, a pot of jewels and a vina (musical instrument).

Sinha Ganapati

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Yoga Ganapati

Yoga Ganapati, “the yogi” is the Lord of Meditation, He is the color of the morning sun and is clothed in blue. He sits in a meditative pose, absorbed in mantra japa. He holds a noose, mala beads, sugarcane stalk and a yoga staff.

Yoga Ganapati

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Durga Ganapati

Durga Ganapati, the “Invincible,” waves the flag of the victory over evil. He is deep gold and dressed in red. He holds a bow and arrow, goad and noose, mala beads, broken tusk and a rose apple.

Durga Ganapati

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Sankatahara Ganapati

Sankatahara Ganapati, “the Remover of Sorrow,” is sunlike in color and dressed in blue. He is seated on a red lotus flower. He holds a goad and noose, a bowl of payasum pudding, and gestures the boon-granting varada mudra.

Sankatahara Ganapati

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