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Saturday, July 11, 2015

the sixteen names of Ganapati

श्री गणपति षोडशनामस्तोत्रम्
सुमुखश्चैकदन्तश्च कपिलो गजकर्ण्णकः।
लम्बोदरस्च विकटो विघ्नराजो विनायकः॥
धूमकेतुर्ग्गणाध्यक्षो फालचन्द्रो गजाननः।
वक्रतुण्डः शूर्प्पकर्णो हेरम्बः स्कन्दपूर्वजः॥
षोडशैतानि नामानि यः पठेत् शृणुयादपि।
विद्यारंभे विवाहे च प्रवेशे निर्ग्गमे तथा।
संग्रामे सर्व्वकार्येषु विघ्नस्तस्य न जायते॥
śrī gaṇapati ṣoḍaśanāmastotram
sumukhaścaikadantaśca kapilo gajakarṇṇakaḥ|
lambodarasca vikaṭo vighnarājo vināyakaḥ||
dhūmaketurggaṇādhyakṣo phālacandro gajānanaḥ|
vakratuṇḍaḥ śūrppakarṇo herambaḥ skandapūrvajaḥ||
ṣoḍaśaitāni nāmāni yaḥ paṭhet śṛṇuyādapi|

shrii gaNapati SoDashanaamastotram
sumukhashchaikadantashcha kapilo gajakarNNakaH.
lambodarascha vikaTo vighnaraajo vinaayakaH..
dhuumaketurggaNaadhyakSo phaalachandro gajaananaH.
vakratuNDaH shuurppakarNo herambaH skandapuurvajaH..
SoDashaitaani naamaani yaH paThet shR^iNuyaadapi.
vidyaaraMbhe vivaahe cha praveshe nirggame tathaa.
saMgraame sarvvakaaryeSu vighnastasya na jaayate..

the sixteen names of Ganapati

Sumukha.. the lord having a very attractive face

Ekadanta…. One having one tusk (usuallly the elephants have two tusks, but the lord just broke off one of his tusks to be used as a weapon in the battle, or alternately to be used as a pen to write Mahabharatham)
Kapila.. of yellowish brown colour

Gajakarnnaka.. the lord having ears of an elephant

Lambodara… the lord having a huge belly

Vikata… The lord who is by nature mirthful and mischievous

Vighnaraaja.. the lord of obstacles.. or the God capable of shattering any obstacle

Vinaayaka.. the lord who has no leaders above Him to dictate His action

Dhoomaketu… One who has smoke as his flag.. usually fire has smoke at its top.. so the lord is as resplendent as fire, or alternately, dhoomakethu is a very bright comet.. He is as shining as bright as a comet..

GanaadhyakshaH… the leader of groups of gods and demigods, especially connected with Lord Shiva..The leader of the groups of demi gods subservient to Vishnu is Lord Vishwaksena.. who is also having the head of an elephant, and maybe it is the Vaishnavaite version of Ganesha.

Vakrathunda.. the lord having a curved trunk

Shoorpakarnna.. having wide ears as big as Shoorpa or the winnow 
Herambha.. This is one form of Ganapathi, with five faces, and having the mount Lion, and ofter with consorts,, the Herambha Vinayaka is popular in Nepal.. Heramba has a lot of significance in Tantric worship.

Skandapoorvaja… The elder brother of Skanda or Subrahamanya.. ( In many places especially in the North, Ganapati is believed to be the younger brother of Karthikeya..)

After stating the stotram, the phalashruti ( or declaration of the good things that can originate from reciting it ) is given as under

One who reads or chants theses sixteen names, or hears these read or chanted, on the occasions of start of learning, beginning of ceremonies of marriage, while entering a new place or abode, while leaving a place, while starting a battle, or in general, at the start of any projects of which he expects a positive result, for him, there cannot be any impdiments or roadblocks.. and success is ensured for him..

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