Hindu World

32 forms of Demi gods

Many people around the whole world following the vedic cultures knows only one form of Ganesha. Here are 32 forms of Ganapati. 1 Bala Ganapati: Red colored image of a four armed, Bala Ganapati, holds a banana, mango, sugar cane and jackfruit, all representing the earth’s abundance and fertility. His trunk garners His favorite sweet, the modaka. 2 Taruna Ganapati: Red colored image of an eight armed Taruna Ganapati, holds a noose and goad, modaka, wood apple, rose apple, His broken tusk, a sprig of paddy and a sugar cane stalk. His brilliant red color reflects the blossoming of youth. 3 Bhakti Ganapati: Grey colored image of four armed Ganesha and garlanded with flowers, Bhakti Ganapati is dear to devotees and indeed pleasant to look upon. He holds a banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of sweet payasa pudding. 4 Vira Ganapati: Red colored image of Ganapati, the “Valiant Warrior,” Vira Ganapati, assumes a commanding pose. His 16 arms bristle with weapons, symbols of mind powers: a goad, discus, bow, arrow, sword, shield, spear, mace, a battleaxe, a trident and more. 5 Shakti Ganapati: Orange-Red colored, four-armed and seated with one of His shaktis on His knee, Shakti Ganapati, “the Powerful,” guards the householder. He holds a garland, noose and goad, and bestows blessings with the abhaya mudra. 6 Dvija Ganapati: Four faced Ganesha with 4 arms Dvija Ganapati, “the Twice-born,” is moon-like in color. Holding a noose, a goad, an ola leaf scripture, a staff, water vessel and a his japa beads, He reminds one and all of the urgency for disciplined striving. 7 Siddhi Ganapati: Golden-yellow, four armed Siddhi Ganapati, “the Accomplished,” is the epitome of achievement and self-mastery. He sits comfortably holding a bouquet of flowers, an axe, mango, sugar cane and, in His trunk, a tasty sesame sweet. 8 Ucchhishta Ganapati: Ganapati with his consort, Ucchhishta Ganapati is “Lord of Blessed Offerings” and guardian of culture. Of blue complexion and six-armed, Ganapati is holding a vina, pomegranate, blue lotus flower, japa mala and a sprig of fresh paddy. 9 Vighna Ganapati: Ganapati, “Lord of Obstacles,” is of brilliant gold hue and bedecked in jewels. His eight arms hold a noose and goad, tusk and modaka, conch and discus, a bouquet of flowers, sugar cane, flower arrow and an axe. 10 Kshipra Ganapati: Red colored image of four armed Ganesha bearing a ratna kumbham, Kshipra Ganapati is “Quick-acting” giver of boons, displays, His broken tusk, a noose, goad and a sprig of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree. In His uplifted trunk He holds a tiny pot of precious jewels. 11 Heramba Ganapati: Five-faced, white in color, Heramba Ganapati, “Protector of the Weak,” rides a big lion. He extends the gestures of protection and blessing while holding a noose, japa beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, fruit and modaka. 12 Lakshmi Ganapati: White colored image of eight armed Ganesha, Lakshmi Ganapati is giver of success, sits flanked by Wisdom and Achievement. Gesturing varada mudra, He holds a green parrot, a pomegranate, sword, goad, noose, sprig of kalpavriksha and a water vessel. 13 Maha Ganapati: Accompanied by one of His shaktis, “the Great,” Maha Ganapati, is red-complexioned and three-eyed. He holds His tusk, a pomegranate, blue lily, sugar-cane bow, discus, noose, lotus, paddy sprig, mace and a pot of gems. 14 Vijaya Ganapati: Four-armed, of red hue and riding His resourceful mushika, Vijaya Ganapati is “the Victorious” bestower of success. His insignia are the broken tusk, elephant goad, a noose and a lucious golden mango, His favorite fruit. 15 Nritya Ganapati: The happy “Dancer,” Nritya Ganapati, is four-armed and golden, with rings on His fingers, holding a tusk, goad, noose and modaka sweet. He prances under the kalpavriksha tree, epitomizing exuberant activity and joy. 16 Urdhva Ganapati: Seated with one of His shaktis on His left knee, Urdhva Ganapati is “the Elevated” Lord of golden hue. In His six hands He holds a sprig of paddy, a lotus, the sugar cane bow, an arrow, His ivory tusk and a blue water lily. 17 Ekakshara Ganapati: Ekakshara, of “Single-Syllable” (gam), is three-eyed, of red complexion and attire. Crescent moon on His crown, He sits in lotus pose upon Mushika, offers the boon-giving gesture and holds a pomegranate, noose and goad. 18 Varada Ganapati: Red colored Varada Ganapati, “the Boon-Giver with prominent third eye of wisdom, holds a dish of honey, the noose and goad and encloses a pot of jewels in His trunk. His shakti is at His side and the crescent moon adorns His crown. 19 Tryakshara Ganapati: Tryakshara Ganapati, “the Lord of Three Letters” (A-U-M), is gold in color and has fly whisks in His big floppy ears. He carries the broken tusk, goad, noose and mango and is often seen grasping a sweet modaka in His trunk. 20 Kshipra Prasada Ganapati: Red colored Kshipra Prasada Ganapati, “the Quick Rewarder,” presides from a kusha-grass throne. His big belly symbolizes the manifest universe. He holds a noose, goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig of the wish-fulfilling tree. 21 Haridra Ganapati: Haridra Ganapati, the golden one dressed in bright yellow vestments, sits calmly on a posh, regal throne. Along with His tusk and a modaka, He wields a noose to hold devotees close and a sharp goad to spur them onward. 22 Ekadanta Ganapati: Ekadanta, of “Single Tusk,” is with 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. 23 Srishti Ganapati: Red colored and riding on His docile and friendly mouse, Srishti Ganapati is the lord of happy “Manifestation.” This active God, of red complexion, holds His noose a goad, a perfect mango, and His tusk, representing selfless sacrifice. 24 Uddanda Ganapati: Red colored Uddanda Ganapati is the bold “Enforcer of Dharma,” the laws of being. His ten hands hold a pot of gems, a blue lily, sugar cane, a mace, lotus flower, sprig of paddy, a pomegranate, noose, garland and His broken tusk. 25 Rinamochana Ganapati: Rinamochana Ganapati is humanity’s liberator from guilt and bondage. His figure of alabaster skin is apparelled in red silks. He bears a noose and a goad, His milk-white tusk and a favorite fruit, the rose apple. 26 Dhundhi Ganapati: Red-hued Dhundhi Ganapati, “the Sought After,” holds a strand of rudraksha beads, His broken tusk, an axe and a small pot of precious gems thought to represent the treasury of awakenings He saves for all ardent devotees. 27 Dvimukha Ganapati: Dvimukha Ganapati, called Janus by the Romans, with two divergent faces, sees in all directions. His blue-green form is dressed in red silk. He wears a bejeweled crown and holds a noose, goad, His tusk and a pot of gems. 28 Trimukha Ganapati: Trimukha Ganapati, the contemplative “three-faced” Lord of red hue, sits on a golden lotus, telling His beads, holding a noose, goad and vessel of nectar. He gestures protection with a right hand and blessings with a left. 29 Simha Ganapati: Simha 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. 30 Yoga Ganapati: Yoga Ganapati is absorbed in mantra japa, knees strapped in meditative pose, hands holding a yoga staff, sugar cane stalk, a noose and prayer beads. with color like the morning sun He has Blue garments. 31 Durga Ganapati: Durga Ganapati, the “Invincible,” waves the flag of victory over darkness. This splendid murti is of deep gold hue, dressed in red, holding a bow and arrow, noose and goad, prayer beads, broken tusk and a rose apple. 32 Sankatahara Ganapati: 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.