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Lord Ganesha is a Hindu deity who is perhaps the most worshipped across India and by Hindus staying in other parts of the world. The popular Lord Ganapati is deeply revered and almost every house, office, shops, educational institutes have an idol of the Lord in their alter. In countries like Nepal, Thailand, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Sri Lanka too Lord Ganesha is worshipped. He is known worldwide as the 'Elephant headed God'.

Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess parvati (Gauri). Legend has it that Goddess Parvati had created Ganesha with Turmeric and Sandalwood paste which she had used as a body scrub, manifested life into Him and considered Him to be Her and Lord Shiva's son. Lord Ganesha was told by His mother to stand guard while She was having bath and not allow anyone to enter. Lord Ganesha was not aware that Lord Shiva was His father till then and so when Lord Shiva came and insisted on entering, Lord Ganesha refused to let Him in. Lord Shiva also did not know about Ganesha being Maa Parvati's creation. When Ganesha repeatedly refused entry to Lord Shiva, He got furious and severed Ganesha's head, which flew away and fell at an unknown distance.

When Devi Parvati came out and saw what Lord Shiva had done, Devi was overwhelmed and She informed Lord Shiva that Ganesha was their son and that She wants Her son back or else She will destroy the whole Universe. Understanding the situation, Lord Shiva promised to resurrect Ganesha back to life. As Ganesha's original head could not be found, Lord Shiva set out on a search for a head assuring Devi Parvati that the first being that He finds in His search, He will bring the head of that being for Ganesha. He found an Elephant who was willing to give his life for Lord Shiva, so the Lord took the head of the Elephant and fixed it on the torso of Ganesha, bringing Him back to life. Goddess Parvati was overwhelmed to get back Her dear son. Lord Shiva announced that from that moment onwards Lord Ganesha will be the first deity to be worshipped and invoked to begin any worship/puja, rites, or occasions.

Lord Ganesha is known as the God of new beginnings and the Lord who removes all obstacles from the path of His devotees, blesses with wisdom, intellect, good fortune, name, fame, prosperity and abundance. He represents auspiciousness and so His blessings are invoked to begin any venture/work, be it a job interview, inauguration of new business, bringing home a new vehicle etc.

The iconography of Lord Ganesha has numerous meanings with each part of His Divine physical form, weapons, the Lotus flower, sweet in His hands, Moooshak (the mouse which is His vehicle) all have deep interpretations. Lord Ganesha's form resembles the Devnagari script of the 'Om' which is why He is also known as Omkara.

ganesh chaturthi is celebrated all over India, as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. In the state of Maharashtra, it is a 10 days festival celebrated with fervour and joy.

What is Ganesha Ashtottara Shatanamavali?

Lord Ganesha is pure consciousness and His attributes are innumerable. Based on His various attributes He is known by many names. The 108 names of Ganesha in Sanskrit are collectively called Ganesha Ashtottara Shatanamavali. Some popular and commonly used Lord Ganesha names in Sanskrit from the Ganesha Ashtottara are Vinayaka (Lord of all), Ganapati (Lord of Ganas meaning Gods), Vignaharta (demolisher of all obstacles), Siddhivinayaka (one who bestows success). It is a common practice among parents in India to choose a name for their son from the108 names of Lord Ganesha. Devotees of Lord Ganesha recite Ganesh ji ke 108 naam (names) regularly. The Ganpati 108 names in Sanskrit, the Ganesha Ashtottara Shatanamavali is also referred to as Vinayaka Ashtottara Shatanamavali has tremendous positive vibration and clears negative energies if recited or heard.

Ganesha/Vinayaka Ashtottara Shatanamavali

Below is the list of the 108 names of Ganesha in Sanskrit, written in English, with the meanings.

Sr. No. Ganesha Name Meaning
1 Akhuratha One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
2 Alampata Ever Eternal Lord
3 Amit Incomparable Lord
4 Anantachidrupamayam Infinite and Consciousness Personified
5 Avaneesh Lord of the whole World
6 Avighna Remover of Obstacles
7 Balaganapati Beloved and Lovable Child
8 Bhalchandra Moon-Crested Lord
9 Bheema Huge and Gigantic
10 Bhupati Lord of the Gods
11 Bhuvanpati God of the Gods
12 Buddhinath God of Wisdom
13 Buddhipriya Knowledge Bestower
14 Buddhividhata God of Knowledge
15 Chaturbhuj One who has Four Arms
16 Devadeva Lord of All Lords
17 Devantakanashakarin Destroyer of Evils and Asuras
18 Devavrata One who accepts all Penances
19 Devendrashika Protector of All Gods
20 Dharmik One who gives Charity
Sr. No. Ganesha Name Meaning
21 Dhoomravarna Smoke-Hued Lord
22 Durja Invincible Lord
23 Dvaimatura One who has two Mothers
24 Ekaakshara He of the Single Syllable
25 Ekadanta Single-Tusked Lord
26 Ekadrishta Single-Tusked Lord
27 Eshanputra Lord Shiva's Son
28 Gadadhara One who has The Mace as His Weapon
29 Gajakarna One who has Eyes like an Elephant
30 Gajanana Elephant-Faced Lord
31 Gajananeti Elephant-Faced Lord
32 Gajavakra Trunk of The Elephant
33 Gajavaktra One who has Mouth like an Elephant
34 Ganadhakshya Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
35 Ganadhyakshina Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
36 Ganapati Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
37 Gaurisuta The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
38 Gunina One who is The Master of All Virtues
39 Haridra One who is Golden Coloured
40 Heramba Mother's Beloved Son
Sr. No. Ganesha Name Meaning
41 Kapila Yellowish-Brown Coloured
42 Kaveesha Master of Poets
43 Kirti Lord of Music
44 Kripalu Merciful Lord
45 Krishapingaksha Yellowish-Brown Eyed
46 Kshamakaram The Place of Forgiveness
47 Kshipra One who is easy to Appease
48 Lambakarna Large-Eared Lord
49 Lambodara The Huge Bellied Lord
50 Mahabala Enormously Strong Lord
51 Mahaganapati Omnipotent and Supreme Lord
52 Maheshwaram Lord of The Universe
53 Mangalamurti All Auspicious Lord
54 Manomay Winner of Hearts
55 Mrityuanjaya Conqueror of Death
56 Mundakarama Abode of Happiness
57 Muktidaya Bestower of Eternal Bliss
58 Musikvahana One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
59 Nadapratithishta One who Appreciates and Loves Music
60 Namasthetu Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
61 Nandana Lord Shiva's Son
62 Nideeshwaram Giver of Wealth and Treasures
63 Omkara One who has the Form Of OM
64 Pitambara One who has Yellow-Coloured Body
65 Pramoda Lord of All Abodes
66 Prathameshwara First Among All
67 Purush The Omnipotent Personality
68 Rakta One who has Red-Coloured Body
69 Rudrapriya Beloved Of Lord Shiva
70 Sarvadevatman Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
71 Sarvasiddhanta Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
72 Sarvatman Protector of The Universe
73 Shambhavi The Son of Parvati
74 Shashivarnam One who has a Moon like Complexion
Sr. No. Ganesha Name88 Meaning
75 Shoorpakarna Large-Eared Lord
76 Shuban All Auspicious Lord
77 Shubhagunakanan One who is The Master of All Virtues
78 Shweta One who is as Pure as the White Colour
79 Siddhidhata Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
80 Siddhipriya Bestower of Wishes and Boons
81 Siddhivinayaka Bestower of Success
82 Skandapurvaja Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik)
83 Sumukha Auspicious Face
84 Sureshwaram Lord of All Lords
85 Swaroop Lover of Beauty
86 Tarun Ageless
87 Uddanda Nemesis of Evils and Vices
88 Umaputra The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)
89 Umaputra Curved Trunk Lord
90 Varaganapati Bestower of Boons
91 Varaprada Granter of Wishes and Boons
92 Varadavinayaka Bestower of Success
93 Veeraganapati Heroic Lord
94 Vidyavaridhi God of Wisdom
95 Vighnahara Remover of Obstacles
96 Vignaharta Demolisher of Obstacles
97 Vighnaraja Lord of All Hindrances
98 Vighnarajendra Lord of All Obstacles
99 Vighnavinashanaya Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
100 Vigneshwara Lord of All Obstacles
101 Vikat Huge and Gigantic
102 Vinayaka Lord of All
103 Vishwamukha Master of The Universe
104 Vishwaraja King of The World
105 Yagnakaya Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrficial Offerings
106 Yashaskaram Bestower of Fame and Fortune
107 Yashvasin Beloved and Ever Popular Lord
108 Yogadhipa The Lord of Meditation

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