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29. Sinha Ganapati

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29. Sinha 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 Sinha Ganapathi - This Ganapati is located in Pandharpur, is an important pilgrimage city on the Bhima river in Solapur district, Maharashtra, India.

Nakshatra Related To Sinha Ganapathi : Shatabhisha Nakshatra

Sinha Ganapati, white in color, rides a lion and displays another lion in one hand, symbolizing strength and fearlessness. He also holds a kalpavriksha sprig, the vina, a lotus blossom, flower bouquet and a pot of jewels.

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

atha siMhagaNapatidhyAnaM || mudgalapurANE ||

vINAM kalpalatAmariM ca varadA dakShE vidhattE karai vAsamE tAmarasaM ca ratnakalashaM sanmaMjarIM cAbhayaM | shuMDAdaMDalasanmRugEMdravadanaM shaMKEMdugaurashshubhO | dIvyadratnanibhAMshukOgaNapatiH pAyadapAyatsa naH ||29|| shvEtavar^NaH

Translation of Mantra:
He is holding in his right hands a vINa (Indian lute), a creeper of kalpavRukSha( Tree which can cure all deceases), a discuss and another held in a gesture of granting boons (varada). He is holding in his left hands a lotus, a pot of gems, a flower bunch and another held in a gesture of granting fearlessness (abahaya). He is lion faced with a elephant trunk and shining. His body is shining like a white conch and moon. He is wearing a gem studded shining robe. May such a siMha gaNApati protect us from all dangers.
He is of white color.
"The Lion-face Ganapati". He has eight arms. He is white in colour. His first hand shows the movement which bestow boons (varada). The following hold the disc, the bunch of flowers, the lute (vîna), thez daylight lotus, the jewels pot, the creeper of the votive tree; the last hand shows the movement which removes fear (abhaya).


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