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3. Bhakta Ganapati

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3. Bhakta 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.

Temple Related To Bhakta Ganapathi - Theertha Pureeswarar (Arathurai Nathar) Temple - Tirunelvayil Arathurai.

Shining like the full moon during harvest season and garlanded with flowers, Bhakti Ganapati, dear to devotees, is indeed pleasant to look upon. He holds a banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of sweet payasa pudding.

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

atha bhaktagaNapatidhyAnaM || mudgalapurANE |

nArikELAmrakadaLI | guDapAyasadhAriNaM | sharaccaMdrAbhavapuShaM | bhajE bhaktagaNAdhipaM || 3 || shvEtavarNaH

Translation of Mantra:
"I worship Bhakta Ganapathi, who is the Lord of His devotees and who shines like the autumn moon, with coconut, mango, plantain, jaggery and sweets in his hands."


"Meditation on Devotee Ganapati as described in mudgalapurana - In his hands carrying a coconut, Mango, banana, a vessel containing sweet soup made of jaggery ( jaggery payasa). His whole body is effulgent in white like an autumn moon . I salute to you devotee ganapati ||3|| ( White Colour)"

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