Widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the ‘Deva’ of intellect and wisdom, Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka) is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. As the God of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies.
He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the brother of Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Ganesh Chaturthi: An annual festival honours Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesh Chaturthi and ending on the fourteenth day of the fortnight (Anant Chaturdashi) which typically falls in late August or early September. Celebrations are traditionally held on the fourth day of the first fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi) in the month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu calendar. The grand festival celebrated throughout India, especially in Maharashtra and Telangana
“Om Ganadhyakhsaya Namah”
Meaning: Ganadhyaksay – Gana means ‘a group’ and ‘Adhyaksh’ means ‘one who is leader of the group’.
Benefit: One can use this Mantra to ensure the well being of a particular state or a city. One can even chant this Mantra to improve or build upon one’s personal leadership characteristics.
“Om Ganesh Rinnam Chhindhi Varenyam Hoong Namaah Phutt”
Meaning: ‘Rinn Harta’ is another name for Lord Ganesha and the English meaning of which is ‘The giver of wealth’. In Hindi, the meaning of Rinn Harta or Rhinaharta is derived from the words ‘Rinn’ or ‘Rinnam’ meaning ‘debt’ and ‘harta’ meaning ‘remover’.
Benefit: The Rinn harta mantra or the Rhinaharta mantra is the Lord Ganesha mantra for wealth and prosperity in life as Lord Ganesha is requested to keep debts and poverty away and bring abundance in life.
”Om Vignanaashnay Namah”
Meaning: Ganpati is also worshipped to remove obstacles from one’s life. Here vigna means obstacles and nashnay means One who removes obstacles.
Benefit: If one is facing problems with his social life, at work or with interpersonal relationships, it can be made easier by chanting this mantra.
“Om Hreeng Greeng Hreeng”
Meaning: In Hindi, Shakti means power and Vinayak mean ‘the Supreme master’.
Benefit: The Shaktivinayak Ganesh mantra is incanted for financial success and prosperity. It is a powerful mantra for good health and good luck. This mantra is typically recommended to be repeated 108 times in the proper way.
“Om Namo Siddhi Vinayakaya Sarva kaarya kartrey Sarva vighna prashamnay Sarvarjaya Vashyakarnaya Sarvajan Sarvastree Purush Aakarshanaya Shreeng Om Swaha.”
Meaning: The word ‘Siddhi Vinayak’ in Hindi means ‘the God of Achievement and Enlightenment’. The Mantra in English, therefore, means – “O Lord of Wisdom and Happiness, only you make every endeavour and everything possible; You are the remover of all obstacles and you have enchanted every being in the Universe, you are the Lord of all women and all men, amen.”
Benefit: This Sanskrit Ganesha mantra is recited 108 times in the proper way to achieve peace, prosperity and Siddhi (Achievement) of spiritual enlightenment, material fulfilment and strong social influence.
“Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa ||”
Full meaning: “Oh god with curved trunk, the large body whose aura is like the light of crores of the sun, Please make my entire work obstacle free, forever.”
Benefit: Chanting of this mantra invokes Lord Ganesha to remove every obstacle between one and one’s well-being and helps to achieve wealth, wisdom, good luck, prosperity and success in all the endeavours.
“Aum Ekadantaya Viddhamahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat॥”
Full meaning: “We pray to the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth who is omnipresent. We meditate upon and pray for the greater intellect of the Lord with the curved, elephant-shaped trunk. We bow before the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth to illuminate our minds with wisdom.”
Ekadanta referring to one tusk in the elephant face means that God broke the duality and made us have a complete one-pointed mind.
Benefit: This Mantra encourages modesty, righteousness and high-end wisdom in those who chant it.