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🔸The #Ganesha Purana describes the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha and among them, Mahaganapathi is widely worshiped

🔸The first 16 forms of Ganesha are known by the name “Shodasa #Ganapati” and the later ones are known as “Ekavimsathi”
1. Bala Ganapati

As the name suggests, Bala Ganapati is the child form of Vinayagar that symbolises earth's abundance and fertility as he holds a banana, mango, sugarcane, and jackfruit in each of His four hands

His trunk curls around His favourite sweet 'Modakam'
2. Taruna Ganapati

Taruna Ganapati is in His teens and symbolises youthfulness (His body glows in red)

In this form, Vinayagar has 8 arms, each holding a modakam, noose, goad, wood apple, rose apple, tusk, some paddy, and sugar cane
3. Bhakti Ganapati

As Bhakti Ganapati, Vinayagar holds a banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of sweet payasam pudding in each of His four arms

The divine sight of this form shines like a full moon and usually worshiped by farmers during harvest season
4. Vira Ganapati

Vira Ganapati is a 16-armed warrior holding weapons in His arms—signifying Vinayagar's triumph over evil and ignorance
5. Shakti Ganapati

In this form, Vinayagar is a protector as one of His 'shaktis' is seated on His lap

On the other hand, Shakti Ganapati holds an 'Abhaya mudra', bestowing blessings to all His devotees
6. Dvija Ganapati

This four-headed Dvija Ganapati is worshipped for wealth and knowledge. 'Dvija' means twice born

In this form, Vinayagar holds a ‘Kamandalu’, Rudraksha, a staff, and a leaf scripture
7. Siddhi Ganapati

Glowing in golden yellow, Siddhi Ganapati is the master of intellect and success

Sitting in a relaxed position, this form of Vinayagar holds a bouquet of flowers, an axe, mango, sugar cane and, in His trunk, a modakam
8. Ucchhishta Ganapati

Ucchhishta Ganapati is called the 'Lord of Blessed Offerings' and is the guardian of culture

'Shakti' of creativity sits on His laps and His hands carry the veena, a blue lotus, pomegranate, meditation beads and a stalk of paddy
9. Vighna Ganapati

Vighna Ganapati means remover of obstacles

Just like Lord Vishnu, this eight-armed form of Vinayagar has a Shankhu and Chakra in two of His hands

In others, He holds a noose, goad, tusk, modakam, a bouquet of flowers, sugar cane, flower arrow, and an axe
10. Kshipra Ganapati

It's believed that Kshipra Ganapati is the giver of boons

In this form, Vinayagar is known to fulfill His devotees' wishes quickly

He carries a noose, goad and a sprig of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree

Pot of jewels is seen curled up in His trunk
11. Heramba Ganapati

Vinayagar is a five-faced protector who rides a lion in this form called Heramba Ganapati

He carries an axe, hammer, noose, beads, broken tusk, garland, fruit and modakam in eight of His ten hands
12. Lakshmi Ganapati

His shaktis Buddhi & Siddhi seated on Vinayagar's laps

2 of His hands gesture the Varadha & Abhaya Mudras, other hands bear a green parrot, pomegranate, sword, noose, elephant goad, sprig of Kalpavriksha & water

Both His shaktis hold white lotus flowers
13. Maha Ganapati

Believed that the worshippers of Maha Ganapati will gain intellect, prosperity & protection from evil

Seated together with one of His shaktis, Maha Ganapati holds His broken tusk, blue lily, lotus, a pomegranate, a stalk of sugarcane, sprig of paddy & weapons
14. Vijaya Ganapati

Vijayam means victory. Sitting on top of Mooshika (His vehicle mouse), Vijaya Ganapati is the destroyer of dark forces

His four arms carry a broken tusk, noose, goad, and a ripe mango
15. Nritya Ganapati

With a golden glow, Nritya Ganapati is the Dancer—joyfully vibrant! Dancing under the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree, he wears rings on His fingers while the four arms bear the tusk, noose, goad, and modakam
16. Urdhva Ganapati

Urdhava Ganapati is the 'elevated one' who's sitting in a tantric position with His shakti

Each of His six hands bears a lotus, paddy, sugarcane, an arrow, broken tusk, and blue lily
17. Ekakshara Ganapati

Sitting on His divine vehicle Mooshika in the Padmashana pose, Ekakshara Ganapati is a four-armed and three-eyed form of Vinayagar. He holds a noose, goad and a pomegranate in His hands
18. Varada Ganapati

Varada Ganapati fulfills His devotees' wishes

Just like His father Lord Shiva, Varada Ganapati has the third eye of wisdom and a crescent moon over His head

He also bears a noose, goad, dish of honey in His hands and a pot of jewels in His trunk
19. Tryakshara Ganapati

Tryakshara Ganapati is the Lord of A-U-M

He carries the broken tusk, goad, noose and mango in His hands and a modakam in His trunk
20. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati

Rests on a Kusha grass throne

Fulfills His devotees' wishes quickly, punishes any wrongdoings even quicker

His big belly symbolises the universe, His arms bear a broken tusk, twig of Kalpavriksha, noose, elephant goad, pomegranate, white lotus
21. Haridra Ganapati

Seated on a royal throne, this calm-faced Haridra Ganapati clad in golden yellow vest and ornaments holds a broken tusk, modakam, noose and a goad in His hands
22. Ekadanta Ganapati

Compared to the other forms, Ekadanta Ganapati has a bigger belly and is known for His broken tusk

His hands hold broken tusk, Ladu, japa beads mala, and an axe to cut the bond of ignorance
23. Srishti Ganapati

Srishti Ganapati is the happy form of Vinayagar

He holds a noose, a goad, a perfect mango, and His tusk, representing selfless sacrifice
24. Uddanda Ganapati

Uddanda Ganapati enforces justice

Accompanied by one of His shaktis, this is an angry Vinayagar

In His 10 hands, he carries a pot of jewels, a blue lily, sugar cane, mace, lotus flower, a sprig of paddy, pomegranate, noose, garland, & His broken tusk
25. Rinamochana Ganapati

Rinamochana Ganapati frees His devotees from guilt and bondage by giving 'moksha'

He wields a noose, goad, rose apple and broken tusk in His four hands
26. Dhundhi Ganapati

Dhundh means search. This is the form of Vinayar sought after by the devotees

He is the symbol of awakening. Dhundhi Ganapati holds a strand of rudraksha beads, His broken tusk, an axe, and a small pot of jewels
27. Dvimukha Ganapati

In this form, Vinayagar has two faces enabling Him to see in all directions

Dvimukha Ganapati's four arms hold the goad, noose, a pot of gems and His broken tusk symbolising self-sacrifice
28. Trimukha Ganapati

Just like His name, this form of Vinayagar is three-faced and bestows protection and blessings to His devotees

Resting on a golden lotus, this six-armed Trimukha Ganapati bears a noose, goad, beads and a pot of nectar
29. Sinha Ganapati

Sinha Ganapati is fearless as he rides and holds lions to signify strength and boldness

He also carries a kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling tree) sprig, the vina, a lotus blossom, flower bouquet and a pot of jewels
30. Yoga Ganapati

As the name suggests, Vinayagar resembles a yogi in this form

Glowing like the morning sun, Yoga Ganapati is seen meditating while His hands hold a stalk of sugar cane, a staff, prayer beads, and a noose
31. Durga Ganapati

As Durga Ganapati, Vinayagar symbolises triumph over darkness

In this form, He bears a bow, arrow, noose, goad, prayer beads, broken tusk and a rose apple in His hands
32. Sankatahara Ganapati

Sankatahara Ganapati eliminates all sorts of sorrows and difficulties

As Vinayagar sits on a red lotus in this form, He carries noose, goad and a bowl of payasam in His hands

His right-hand shows Varadha mudra to bestow blessings to the devotees
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