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32. Sankatahara Ganapati

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32. Sankatahara 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 Sankatahara Ganapathi - This Ganapati is located in Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple - Thirunageswaram.

Nakshatra Related To Sankatahara Ganapathi : Revati Nakshatra

Sankatahara Ganapati, "the Dispeller of Sorrow," is of sunlike hue, dressed in blue, and seated on a red lotus flower. He holds a bowl of pudding, a goad and a noose while gesturing the boon-granting varada mudra.

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

atha saMkaTaharagaNapatidhyAnaM || mudgalapurANE ||

bAlArkAruNakAMtirvAmEbAlAMvahannaMkE | lasadiMdIvarahastAM | gaurAMgIM ratnashObhADhyAM | dakShEMkushavaradAnaM | vAmEpAshaMcapAyasaMpAtraM | nIlAMshukalasamAnaH | pIThE padmAruNE tiShThan | saMkaTaharaNaH pAyAtsaMkaTapUgEdgajAnanO nityaM ||32|| raktavarNaH

Translation of Mantra:
He is effulgent like the rising red sun. He has his wife - who is carrying a beautiful lotus, glowing with radiance and bejeweled - sitting on his left lap. He is carrying in one of his right hand a hook (aMkusha) and with the other bestowing boon. He is carrying in one of his left hand a rope and with the other a vessel brimming with sweet soup (pAyasaM). He is seated on a Red Lotus and wearing a blue robe. May such Lord saMkaTahara gaNapati who saves everyone from difficulties save us every day for ever.
He is Red in Color.
"Ganapati who discharges from debts". He has four arms. His hands hold the single tusk, the elephant goad, the noose and the rose-apple fruit.


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