Forms of Ganapathi/Ganeshji- The 32 forms of Shri Ganapathy-Bala, Taruna, Bhakti, Vira

Ganesha’s worshipful image, or Murti, appears in many forms. The Mudgala Purana  lists thirty-two forms of our favorite God- Ganesha.

The 32 forms of Ganapathi/Ganeshji are:


Bala Ganapathi

1.Bala Ganapathi – Red colored image of a four armed Ganesha. Bala Ganapati is “the Childlike” God of golden hue. In His hands He holds a banana, mango, sugar cane and jack fruit, all representing the earth’s abundance and fertility. His trunk garners His favorite sweet, the modaka.

Hymn to the Bala Ganapathi: I salute Lord Baala Ganapati adorned with a garland of tender flowers, having plantain, mango, jack fruit, sugarcane and sweets in His hands and who is effulgent like the rising sun.

Taruna Ganapathi

Taruna Ganapathi

2.Taruna Ganapathi – Red colored image of an eight armed Ganesha. 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.

Hymn to the Taruna Ganapathi: May the young Lord Ganapati, who is carrying in His hands the noose, hook, rice-cake, guava fruit, rose, apple, own broken tusk, bunch of corn ears and sugarcane and who vividly shines forth with His brilliant youthfulness, bless you all.

3.Bhakti Ganapathi – Grey colored image of four armed Ganesha. Shining like the full moon during harvest

Bhakti Ganapathi

Bhakti Ganapathi

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.

Hymn to the Bhakti Ganapathi:I worship Bhakta Ganapati, who is the Lord of His devotees and who shines like the autumn moon, with coconut, mango, plantain, jaggery and sweets in his hands.

Vira Ganapathi

Vira Ganapathi

4.Vira Ganapathi – Red colored image of 16 armed Ganapathi. The “Valiant Warrior,” Vira Ganapati, assumes a commanding pose. His 16 arms bristle with weapons, symbols of mind powers: a goad, discus, bow, arrow, sword, shield, spear, mace, a battle axe, a trident and more.

Hymn to Vira Ganapathi: I always meditate on the Veera Ganapati who is armed with Bhetala, the weapon of power, arrow, bow, wheel, sword, club, hammer, mace, hook, nagapasha (serpent noose), spear, plough and the shining axe.

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