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22. Ekadanta Ganapati

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22. Ekadanta Ganapati
The Shivanidhi portion includes descriptions of thirty-two forms of Ganapati that are mentioned frequently in devotional literature related to Ganesha.
There are also sculptural representations of these thirty-two forms in the temples at Nañjanguḍ and Chāmarājanagar (both in Mysore district, Karṇāṭaka), done about the same time as the paintings were done and also at the direction of the same monarch.
Each of the thirty-two illustrations is accompanied by a short Sanskrit meditation verse (dhyānaśloka), written in Kannada script. The meditation verses list the attributes of each form. The text says that these meditation forms are from the Mudgala Purana.

This information was given by Brahmanda Guruji Shri Narendra Babu Sharmaji, in his Bruhat Brahmanda programme telecasted in Zee Kannada Channel while speaking on 32 Forms of Ganapathi.

Temples Related To Ekadanta Ganapathi - This Ganapati is located in Two Places:
1. Uppillappan (one who does not take salt) Temple.
2. Between Ajanta and Ellora.

Nakshatra Related To Ekadanta Ganapathi : Anuradha Nakshatra

Ekadanta, of "Single Tusk," is distinguished by His blue color and sizeable belly. The attributes of this murti are an axe for cutting the bonds of ignorance, prayer beads for japa, a laddu sweet and the broken right tusk.

Ekadanta Ganapati Mantra:
Meditation verse as written in Kannada script in the above painting:

atha EkadaMtagaNapatidhyAnaM || mudgalapurANE||

laMbOdaraM shyAmatanuM gaNEshaM | kuThAramakSha srajamUrdhva gAtraM | salaDDukaM daMtamadhaH karAbhyAM | vAmEtarAbhyAM ca dadhAnamIDE ||22|| shyAmavarNaH

Translation of Mantra:
"The Single Tusk Ganapati". He has four arms. He is blue in colour. His hands hold a large tusk, a rosary, a hatchet (kuthâra) and the small ball of sweets (laddu).

Listen to 22. Ekandanta Ganapati Mantra


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