32 FORMS OF LORD GANESHA 1

1. Bala Ganapati

Bala Ganapati

Bala Ganapati is “the Childlike” God of golden hue. In His hands He 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

Taruna Ganapati

Eight-armed, Taruna Ganapati, “the Youthful,” 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

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.

4. Vira Ganapati

Veera Ganapati

Eight-armed, Taruna Ganapati, “the Youthful,” 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.

5. Shakti Ganapati

Shakti Ganapati

Four-armed and seated with one of His shaktis on His knee, Shakti Ganapati, “the Powerful,” of orange-red hue, guards the householder. He holds a garland, noose and goad, and bestows blessings with the abhaya mudra.

6. Dvija Ganapati

Dvija Ganapati

Four-headed Dvija Ganapati, “the Twice-born,” is moon-like in color. Holding a noose, a goad, an ola leaf scripture, a staff, water vessel and his japa beads, He reminds one and all of the urgency for disciplined striving.

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