Ganesha Astakam

यतोऽनन्तशक्तेर्नन्ताश्च जीवा

यतो निर्गुणादप्रमेया गुणास्ते।

यतो भाति सर्वं त्रिधा भेदभिन्नं

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yato’nantaśakternantāśca jīvā

yato nirguṇādaprameyā guṇāste|

yato bhāti sarvaṁ tridhā bhedabhinnaṁ

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

यतश्चाविरासीज्जगत्सर्वमेतत्

तथाब्जासनो विश्वगो विश्वगोप्ता।

तथेन्द्रादयो देवसङ्घ मनुष्याः

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yataścāvirāsījjagatsarvametat

tathābjāsano viśvago viśvagoptā|

tathendrādayo devasaṅgha manuṣyāḥ

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

यतो वह्निभानू भबो भूर्जलं च

यतः सागराश्चन्द्रमा व्योम वायूः।

यतः स्थावरा जञ्गमा वृक्षसङ्घाः

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yato vahnibhānū bhabo bhūrjalaṁ ca

yataḥ sāgarāścandramā vyoma vāyūḥ|

yataḥ sthāvarā jañgamā vṛkṣasaṅghāḥ

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

यतो दानवाः किन्नरा यक्षसञ्घाः

यतश्चारणा वारणाः श्वापदाश्च।

यतः पक्षिकीटा यतो वीरुधश्च

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yato dānavāḥ kinnarā yakṣasañghāḥ

yataścāraṇā vāraṇāḥ śvāpadāśca|

yataḥ pakṣikīṭā yato vīrudhaśca

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

यतो बुद्धिर्ज्ञाननाशो मुमुक्षो-

र्यतः सम्पदो भक्तसन्तोषिकाः स्युः।

यतो विघ्ननाशो यतः कार्यसिद्धिः

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yato buddhirjñānanāśo mumukṣo-

ryataḥ sampado bhaktasantoṣikāḥ syuḥ|

yato vighnanāśo yataḥ kāryasiddhiḥ

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

यतः पुत्रः सम्पद्यतो वाञ्छितार्थो

यतोऽभक्तविघ्नास्तथाऽनेकरूपाः।

यतश्चार्थधर्मौ यतः काममोक्षौ

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yataḥ putraḥ sampadyato vāñchitārtho

yato’bhaktavighnāstathā’nekarūpāḥ|

yataścārthadharmau yataḥ kāmamokṣau

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

यतोऽनन्तशक्तिः स शेषो वभूव

धराधारणेऽनेकरूपेण शक्तः।

यतोऽनेकधा स्वर्गोलोका हि नाना

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yato’nantaśaktiḥ sa śeṣo vabhūva

dharādhāraṇe’nekarūpeṇa śaktaḥ|

yato’nekadhā svargolokā hi nānā

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

यतो वेदोवाचो विकुण्ठा मनोभिः

सदा नेति नेतीति यत्ता गृणन्ति।

परब्रह्मरूपं चिदानन्दभूतं

सदा तं गणेशं नमामो भजामः॥

yato vedovāco vikuṇṭhā manobhiḥ

sadā neti netīti yattā gṛṇanti|

parabrahmarūpaṁ cidānandabhūtaṁ

sadā taṁ gaṇeśaṁ namāmo bhajāmaḥ||

श्रीगणेश उवाचः

पुनरूचे गणाधीशः स्तोत्रमेतत् पठेत तु यः।

त्रिसन्ध्यं त्रिदिनं तस्य सर्वकार्यं भविष्यति॥

यो जपेदष्टदिवसं श्लोकाष्टकमीदं शुभं।

अष्टवारं चतुर्थ्यां तु सोऽष्टसिद्धीरवाप्नुयात्॥

यः पठेन्मासमात्रं तु दशवारं दिने दिने।

स मोचयेद्वन्धगतं राजवध्यं न संशयः॥

विद्याकामो लभेद् विद्यां पुत्रार्थी पुत्रमाप्नुयात्।

वाञ्छितान् लभते सर्वानेकविंशतिवारतः॥

यो जपेत् परया भक्त्या गजाननपरो नरः।

एव मुक्त्वा तत देवश्चान्तर्धानं गतः प्रभुः॥

śrīgaṇeśa uvācaḥ

punarūce gaṇādhīśaḥ stotrametat paṭheta tu yaḥ|

trisandhyaṁ tridinaṁ tasya sarvakāryaṁ bhaviṣyati||

yo japedaṣṭadivasaṁ ślokāṣṭakamīdaṁ śubhaṁ|

aṣṭavāraṁ caturthyāṁ tu so’ṣṭasiddhīravāpnuyāt||

yaḥ paṭhenmāsamātraṁ tu daśavāraṁ dine dine|

sa mocayedvandhagataṁ rājavadhyaṁ na saṁśayaḥ||

vidyākāmo labhed vidyāṁ putrārthī putramāpnuyāt|

vāñchitān labhate sarvānekaviṁśativārataḥ||

yo japet parayā bhaktyā gajānanaparo naraḥ|

eva muktvā tata devaścāntardhānaṁ gataḥ prabhuḥ||

  1. If recited thrice a day during the sandhyās or if recited for three days it accomplishes action (sarvakāryasiddhi).
  2. If recited for eight days or eight times on caturthī, it grants the aṣṭasiddhīs.
  3. If recited ten times a day for a period of one month, it grants liberation from imprisonment.
  4. If recited twenty-one times it fulfils all wishes.
  5. It bestows knowledge to those seeking it.
  6. It blesses those seeking to have children.

 

Message:

Dear Readers,

This message is basically directed towards Mhatobar Shree Vinayaka Devaru, Idagunji devotees in particular and Ganesha devotees in general. Few devotees of Idagunji Ganesha have decided to distribute HIS idols to to devotees as a seva towards Vinayaka. This whole process will have to be completed before Bhadrapada. Those interested in receiving the idols message me. There will be a process to be followed before handing over the idol so message me for further details.

Trishunda Ganapati

Not a long time ago I briefly blogged about the Trishunda Ganapati - a Ganapati who has 3 shunda or trunks. [ click on the link and you can read abt the temple history]  It is the only known temple in the world where Ganesha has said to be having 3 trunks but this is one of the least curious feature of the temple.  When one goes through the carvings and walk through the designs of the temple and try to understand the structure and the features and if one has to conclude and sum of the experience in a sentence it would be –  Are these carvings real or fake?

The entire construction is in black stone. The plan is a square, with a dome (gopuram) shaped roof. The architecture is a blend of north and south and is represented by some very intricate carvings and figurine

Sitting on the mayura – peacock instead of a mushaka is also a normal feature of Ganesha, he has many vahanas and mayura is one of them.

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On Gabhagriha entrance at the top, we find Shilalekh in devanagari as well as in Farasi, which is unique for a temple.

 

800px-Pura_Taman_Saraswati_(Ubud,_Bali,_Indonesia)Look at this unique sculpture of the rhinoceros (??) well not really, have a closer look and you will realise it isn’t the regular rhino.  It is apparent that the sculptor had no intentions of carving a rhinoceros – well apparently he knows how a bull elephant looks and garuda looks so when it comes to this particular rhino { well not sure what to call it} rhinoceros had the body of a bull, feet of elephants the head starts of as that of an elephant and ends up with the beak of a garuda and a horn is later stuck into the beak … ofcourse it cant be an imagination so this left foot chained unknown animal is a mystery

 To be continued

Shri Uchchishta Gananathasya Ashtottara Shatanamavali:

om vandaruja namandara padapaya namo namah om
om chandra Ardhashekhara prana tanayaya namo namah om
om shailarajasutot sanga Mandanaya namo namah om
om vallishavalaya krida kutukaya namo namah om
om shri nilavani lalita rasikaya namo namah om
om svananda bhavanananda nilayaya namo namah om
om chandramandala sandrishya svarupaya namo namah om
om kshirabdhi madhya kalpadru mulasthaya namo namah om
om surapaga sitambhoja samsthitaya namo namah om
om sadanikrita martanda mandalaya namo namah om
om ikshu sagara madhyastha mandiraya namo namah om
om chintamani puradhisha saptamaya namo namah om
om jagatsrishti tirodhana karanaya namo namah om
om kridartha srishta bhuvana tritayaya namo namah om
om shundod dhuta jalod bhuta bhuvanaya namo namah om
om chetana chetani bhuta shariraya namo namah om
om anumatra sharirantar rasitaya namo namah om
om sarva vashya karananta mantrarnaya namo namah om
om kushth adyamaya sandoha shamanaya namo namah om
om prativadi mukhastambha karakaya namo namah om
om parabhichara dushkarma nashakaya namo namah om
om sakrin mantra japadhyana muktidaya namo namah om
om nija bhakta vipad raksha dikshitaya namo namah om
om dhyanamrita rasasva dadayakaya namo namah om
om kuliya puja ratabhishta phaladaya namo namah om
om rupa udarya gunakrishta trilokaya namo namah om
om ashta dravya havih prita manasaya namo namah om
om bhavata rashtaka dvandva pradhanaya namo namah om
om bharata lekhanod bhinna radanaya namo namah om
om naradodgita ruchira charitaya namo namah om
om nikhilam naya sangushtha vaibhavaya namo namah om
om bana ravana chandisha pujitaya namo namah om
om indradi devata vrinda rakshakaya namo namah om
om saptarshi manasala nanishcheshtaya namo namah om
om adity adigrahastoma dipakaya namo namah om
om madanagama sattantra paragaya namo namah om
om  unji vitesha sandagdha madanaya namo namah om
om shami mahiruhaprita manasaya namo namah om
om jala tarpana samprita hridayaya namo namah om
om kanduki krita kailasa shikharaya namo namah om
om atharvashirsha karanya mayuraya namo namah om
om kalyanachala shringagra viharaya namo namah om
om atu naindra disama samstutaya namo namah om
om brahmy adi matri nivah paritaya namo namah om
om chaturtha varana rakshi dhishaya namo namah om
om dvara vishta nidhi dvandva shobhitaya namo namah om
om ananta prithivi kurma pithangaya namo namah om
om tivra diyogini vrinda pithasthaya namo namah om
om jaya dinavapitha shri manditaya namo namah om
om panchavarana madhyastha sadanaya namo namah om
om kshetra pala ganeshadi dvarapaya namo namah om
om mahirati rama gauri parshvakaya namo namah om
om madya priyadi vinayi vidheyaya namo namah om
om vani durgamsha bhutardha kalatraya namo namah om
om varahasti pishachirin nandanaya namo namah om
om yoginisha chatushshashti sanyutaya namo namah om
om navadurgashta vasubhis sevitaya namo namah om
om dvatrimshad bhairavavyuha nayakaya namo namah om
om airavatadi digdanti samvritaya namo namah om
om kanthi rava mayura Akhuvahanaya namo namah om
om mushakankamahar aktaketanaya namo namah om
om kumbho darakaranyasta padabjaya namo namah om
om kanta kanta tarangastha karagraya namo namah om
om antastha bhuvanas bhitajatharaya namo namah om
om karpura viti kasararak toshthaya namo namah om
om shvetarkamalasandiptakandharaya namo namah om
om soma surya brihad bhanu lochanaya namo namah om
om sarva sampat prada mandakatakshaya namo namah om
om ativelamadaraktanayanaya namo namah om
om shashankardha samadipta mastakaya namo namah om
om sarpopavita haradi bhushitaya namo namah om
om sindurita maha kumbha suveshaya namo namah om
om ashava sanata drishya saundaryaya namo namah om
om kantalinga nasan jata pulakaya namo namah om
om pashankusha dhanurbana manditaya namo namah om
om diganta vyapta danambu saurabhaya namo namah om
om sayantanasa hasram shurak tangaya namo namah om
om sampurna pranava kara sundaraya namo namah om
om brahmadi krita yajnagni sambhutaya namo namah om
om sarva mara prarthan aptavigrahaya namo namah om
om janimatrasuratrasanashakaya namo namah om
om kalatrikritamatangakanyakaya namo namah om
om vidya vadasura prananashakaya namo namah om
om sarva mantra samaradhya svarupaya namo namah om
om shatkona yantra pithantar rasitaya namo namah om
om chaturnavati mantratma vigrahaya namo namah om
om hungan klan glam mukhanika bijarnaya namo namah om
om bijakshara trayantastha shariraya namo namah om
om hrillekha bija mantrantar bhavitaya namo namah om
om svahanta matrikamala rupadhyaya namo namah om
om dvatrimshad aksharamaya pratikaya namo namah om
om shodhananartha sanmantra visheshaya namo namah om
om ashtanga yogi nirvana dayakaya namo namah om
om pranendriya mano buddhi prerakaya namo namah om
om muladhara varakshetra nayakaya namo namah om
om chaturdala mahapadma samvishtaya namo namah om
om mulatrikona samshobhi pavakaya namo namah om
om sushumna randhra sanchara deshikaya namo namah om
om shatgranthi nimna tatinitarakaya namo namah om
om daharakasha samshobhi shashankaya namo namah om
om hiranmaya puram bhoja nilayaya namo namah om
om bhrumadhya komala rama kokilaya namo namah om
om shannava dvadashantastha martandaya namo namah om
om manonmani sukhavasa nirvritaya namo namah om
om shodashanta mahapadma madhupaya namo namah om
om sahasrara sudhasara sechitaya namo namah om
om nada bindu dvayatita svarupaya namo namah om
om uchchishta gananathaya maheshaya namo namah om

yati shri ramanandendra sarasvati svamigal (shantashrama, tanjavur, 1959).

 

_/\_ sarvaganeshArpanamastu

How did Ganesha get a elephant head? – Tibetan Mythology

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The Tibetan’s  enriched the mythology and cult of Ganapati. 17 century Tibetian lexicon Abhidhana Vidvatkana Vitansah gives variant versions regarding the birth of Ganesha.  As per the lexicon narration, Lord Shiva had two wives, Uma and Ganga, a son was born to Ganga who lost head due to curse of Uma and he became headless. Later she advised that head of any dead body be taken to replace the decapitated head of the boy. Eventually, the head of the elephant was cut off and placed on Ganesha trunk.  Hence, he has the face of elephant and also they preserve the dwaimatura - two mothers name of Ganesha in their mythology

Another legend  in Bstan Srung Rgya Mishoirnam Thar, Ganapati was born to Mahaishwara and Umadevi. The couple has two sons when they lived int he realm of thirty three gods: Ganesha and Kartikeya. Of these two brother Ganesha was powerful because of his past karmas the was the commander in chief [devasenapati] of the ganas in the battle of devas with asuras.  A fierce battle took place and Ganesha defeated the asuras but int he course of the battle happened to lose  his head,  as it was cut off. Shiva his father brought him back to life by grafting the head of a young elephant on the decapitated trunk.   Thus Ganesa has a elephant head.

There is yet another Tibetan legend explaining the elephant head of Ganesha.  Shiva had 2 queens, Varahi and Umadevi, Ganesha was born to Varahi. He became powerful and Uma became jealous of his power and therefore cut of his head. The decapitated head was replaced by the head of an elephant by his father, Shiva.

References:

  • Gaṇeśa: unravelling an enigma Hinduism and Its Sources Series
  • Tibetan Mythology
  • Image : Ebay

Sarva Ganesharpanamastu

Kankiten 歓喜天

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Kangiten, late 18th-early 19th century painting by Shorokuan Ekicho.

Also known as Kangi/kanki-ten (Japanese: 歓喜天  ) which translates ten to God and kangi to Bliss.  He is also known as Shō-ten (聖天) Sho means sacred , Daishō-ten , Daishō means great noble  and Daishō Kangi-ten (大聖歓喜天), Tenson (“venerable god”), Kangi Jizai-ten, Shōden-sama, Vinayaka-ten, Binayaka-ten;  in Shingon and Tendai schools of Japanese Buddhism.

He is also identified with the bodhisattvaAvalokiteshvara.  Kangiten has many aspects and names, associated with Vajrayana  schools, Shingon being one of them.   Sometimes Kangiten is depicted with an elephant’s head like Ganesha as a single male deity, his most popular aspect is the dual Kangiten or the embracing Kangiten depicted as a couple standing in an embrace.  Kangiten symbolizes conjugal affection, and is thus prayed to by couples hoping for children.

Statues of this deity are relatively rare in Japan — most are kept hidden from public view and used in secretive rituals of the Tendai and Shingon sects of Esoteric Buddhism (Mikkyō 密教). He appears in the Ryoukai Mandala 両界曼荼羅 as an elephant-headed deity called Binayakaten 毘那夜迦天. In China and Japan he came to be revered under the the name of Kangiten.

Although in texts, two, four and six-armed forms are mentioned, in Japan Kangiten is usually shown as a pair of two-armed, elephant-headed deities in embrace.

The ritual associated with Kangiten is secret and is part of other ritual observances, such as the Goshichinichi no Mishuhou 後七日の御修法.  There is an iconographic drawing of Kangiten in Touji Temple 東寺大自在天秘仏, Kyoto, by Chinkai 珍海 (1091-1152).

Guanyin and kangiten

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Shoten in the form of a standing pair of embracing elephants. Made of cast iron.

© The Trustees of the British Museum, 17-19cen

The double form Ganesha is also known called Nandikeshwara,  – lord of pleasure, in Chinese, Huanxitian and Japanese – Kangiten.  This is considered an extreme Guhya vidya, and this form serves as a guardian to the entrance gate of the Japanese Tantrism, where the monks receive the supreme consecrations [abhisheka]   This statue is accompanied by Guanyin [ kan-non in Japanese]

Both the elephant spouses have left intact tusks but right is broken.  The female elephant is at the right and the male is at the left.  Other variations are that male elephant holds a modaka [female symbol] in the left and a radish/turnip [male symbol] in his right hand.  The title Dasheng [great saint] is affixed before the name of Ganesha, protector of the north , He is the only one to bear this title.

Nila Saraswati Stotra

 

Ghorarupe maharave, sarva shathru bhayankari,

Bhakthebhyo varade devi thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Oh Goddess with fierce form and great sound,

Who is fearful to all the enemies, And who blesses all her devotees.

 

Surasurarchithe devi, sidha Gandharva sevithe,

Jadya papa hare devi, thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Oh Goddess worshipped by devas and asuras,

Who is served by Sidhas and Gandarwas, And who destroys all accumulated sin.

 

Jatajuta samayukthe lola jihwantha karini,

Drutha budhikare devi, thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Who is with tied matted hair,

Who ends darkness created by unstable tongue,And who makes our brain work very fast.

 

Soumya krodha dhare rupe, chanda munda namosthuthe,

Srushti roope namasthubhyam, thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Who has the form of anger as well as placid nature,

And who is worshipped by Chanda and Munda, My salutations to her who has form of creation.

 

Jadaanaam jadathaam hanthi, bhakthaanaam bhaktha vathsala,

Moodathaam hara may devi, thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Who destroys idiots as well as idiocy,

And who is very dear to her devotees, Please destroy my foolishness, oh Goddess.

 

Vam hroom hroom kamaye devi, bali homa priye nama,

Ugra thare namo nithyam, thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Who likes the chant “Vam hroom hroom”,

Salutations to her who likes sacrifices and offerings in fire, I salute daily the fierce Tara devi.

 

Budhim dehi, yaso dehi, kavithwam dehi dehi may,

Moodathwam cha harer devi, thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Give me wisdom, fame and ability to write poems,

And please destroy the foolishness in me.

 

Indradhi vilasad dwanda vandhithe karunamayi,

Thare tharathi nadhasye, thrahi maam saranagatham.

Help me who surrenders to you, Who is saluted by Indra and others as couple,

Who is merciful, Tara and the lord who rules as Tara.

 

Idham stotram padesdhyasthu sathatham sradhayonvitha,

Thasya Shathru kshayam yathi Maha pragnaa prajayathe.

If this prayer is read regularly with utmost devotion,

His enemies would be destroyed and he would become greatly learned