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.
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.
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.
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
battleaxe, a trident and more.
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.
Ganapati, "the Twice-born," is moon-like in color. Holding
a noose, a goad, an ola leaf scripture, a staff,
water vessel and a his japa beads, He reminds one and all
of the urgency for disciplined striving.
Ganapati, "the Accomplished," is the epitome of achievement
and self-mastery. He sits comfortably holding a bouquet
of flowers, an axe, mango, sugar cane and, in His trunk,
a tasty sesame sweet.
is "Lord of Blessed Offerings" and guardian of culture.
Of blue complexion and six-armed, He sits with His Shakti,
holding a vina, pomegranate, blue lotus flower, japa mala
and a sprig of fresh paddy.
"Lord of Obstacles," is of brilliant gold hue and bedecked
in jewels. His eight arms hold a noose and goad, tusk and
modaka, conch and discus, a bouquet of flowers, sugar
cane, flower arrow and an axe.
Kshipra Ganapati, "Quick-acting" giver of boons, displays
His broken tusk, a noose, goad and a sprig of the kalpavriksha
(wish-fulfilling) tree. In His uplifted trunk He holds a
tiny pot of precious jewels.
in color, Heramba Ganapati, "Protector of the Weak," rides
a big lion. He extends the gestures of protection and blessing
while holding a noose, japa beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland,
fruit and modaka.
pure white giver of success, sits flanked by Wisdom and
Achievement. Gesturing varada mudra, He holds a green
parrot, a pomegranate, sword, goad, noose, sprig of kalpavriksha
and a water vessel.
one of His shaktis, "the Great," Maha Ganapati, is red-complexioned
and three-eyed. He holds His tusk, a pomegranate, blue lily,
sugar-cane bow, discus, noose, lotus, paddy sprig, mace
and a pot of gems.
red hue and riding His resourceful mushika, Vijaya
Ganapati is "the Victorious" bestower of success. His insignia
are the broken tusk, elephant goad, a noose and a lucious
golden mango, His favorite fruit.
"Dancer," Nritya Ganapati, is four-armed and golden, with
rings on His fingers, holding a tusk, goad, noose and modaka
sweet. He prances under the kalpavriksha tree,
epitomizing exuberant activity and joy.
one of His shaktis on His left knee, Urdhva Ganapati is
"the Elevated" Lord of golden hue. In His six hands He holds
a sprig of paddy, a lotus, the sugar cane bow, an arrow,
His ivory tusk and a blue water lily.
"Single-Syllable" (gam), is three-eyed, of red complexion
and attire. Crescent moon on His crown, He sits in lotus
pose upon Mushika, offers the boon-giving gesture and holds
a pomegranate, noose and goad.
"the Boon-Giver with prominent third eye of wisdom, holds
a dish of honey, the noose and goad and encloses a pot of
jewels in His trunk. His shakti is at His side, and the
crescent moon adorns His crown.
"the Lord of Three Letters" (A-U-M), is gold in color and
has fly whisks in His big floppy ears. He carries the broken
tusk, goad, noose and mango and is often seen grasping a
sweet modaka in His trunk.
Ganapati, "the Quick Rewarder," presides from a kusha-grass
throne. His big belly symbolizes the manifest universe.
He holds a noose, goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig
of the wish-fulfilling tree.
the golden one dressed in bright yellow vestments, sits
calmly on a posh, regal throne. Along with His tusk and
a modaka, He wields a noose to hold devotees close
and a sharp goad to spur them onward.
"Single Tusk," is distinguished by His blue color and sizeable
belly. The attributes of this murti are an axe for
cutting the bonds of ignorance, prayer beads for japa, a
laddu sweet and the broken right tusk.
His docile and friendly mouse, Srishti Ganapati is the lord
of happy "Manifestation." This active God, of red complexion,
holds His noose a goad, a perfect mango, and His tusk, representing
is the bold "Enforcer of Dharma," the laws of being. His
ten hands hold a pot of gems, a blue lily, sugar cane, a
mace, lotus flower, sprig of paddy, a pomegranate, noose,
garland and His broken tusk.
is humanity's liberator from guilt and bondage. His figure
of alabaster skin is apparelled in red silks. He bears a
noose and a goad, His milk-white tusk and a favorite fruit,
the rose apple.
Ganapati, "the Sought After," holds a strand of rudraksha
beads, His broken tusk, an axe and a small pot of precious
gems thought to represent the treasury of awakenings He
saves for all ardent devotees.
called Janus by the Romans, with two divergent faces, sees
in all directions. His blue-green form is dressed in red
silk. He wears a bejeweled crown and holds a noose, goad,
His tusk and a pot of gems.
the contemplative "three-faced" Lord of red hue, sits on
a golden lotus, telling His beads, holding a noose, goad
and vessel of nectar. He gestures protection with a right
hand and blessings with a left.
white in color, rides a lion and displays another lion in
one hand, symbolizing strength and fearlessness. He also
holds a kalpavriksha sprig, the vina, a lotus blossom,
flower bouquet and a pot of jewels.
Yoga Ganapati is absorbed in
mantra japa, His knees strapped in meditative pose,
hands holding a yoga staff, sugar cane stalk, a noose and
prayer beads. His color is like the morning sun. Blue garments
adorn His form.
Durga Ganapati, the "Invincible,"
waves the flag of victory over darkness. This splendid murti
is of deep gold hue, dressed in red, holding a bow and arrow,
noose and goad, prayer beads, broken tusk and a rose apple.
Sankatahara Ganapati, "the
Dispeller of Sorrow," is of sunlike hue, dressed in blue,
and seated on a red lotus flower. He holds a bowl of pudding,
a goad and a noose while gesturing the boon-granting varada