Lord Ganesha is a colossal form of the forces of nature. In Mudgal and Ganesh Purana, 32 auspicious forms of Vighnaharta Ganesha have been described. In this, he is in child form, but the energy of teenagers is also present in him. The power of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh is contained in them, and they are also the form of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga. He encompasses the entire nature in the form of trees, plants, fruits, and flowers. He is both a yogi and a dancer.
1. Bal Ganapati
This is the child form of Lord Ganesha. It is a symbol of the large amount of resources available on earth and the fertility of the land. He has one fruit each in his four hands – mango, banana, sugarcane, and jackfruit. This form of God is also worshiped on Ganesh Chaturthi. This form inspires childlike spontaneity even in crisis. Shows man’s ability to move forward.
2. Tarun Ganpati
This is the teenage form of Lord Ganesha. His body glows red. In this form, he has 8 arms. Along with fruits, he also has modaks and weapons in his hands. This form gives inner happiness. It symbolizes the energy of youth. In this form, Ganapati inspires to work to one’s full potential and struggle for achievements.
3. Bhakti Ganapati
In this form, he is white in complexion. Their complexion is as bright as the full moon. farmers usually during harvest season. They worship this form of his. This form gives peace to the devotees. He has four hands, which hold flowers and fruits. In this form, Ganapati represents the four efforts of man – Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.
4. Veer Ganapati
This is the warrior form of Lord Ganesha. In this form, he has 16 hands. He has many weapons in his hands including mace, chakra, sword, and goad. In this form, Ganesha makes one adept in the art of war. Worship of him in this form creates courage. Inspires not to give up. In this form, Gajanan inspires to fight with full capacity to overcome evil and ignorance.
5. Shakti Ganapati
In this form, he has four hands. With one hand he is blessing all the devotees. On the other hand, he also has weapons and a rosary. In this form, his power is also with him. He is in ‘Abhaya Mudra’ blessing all the devotees to become powerful. This form of Lord Ganesha symbolizes that there is a bundle of power within a person, which he has to use.
6. Dwija Ganapati
In this form his two qualities are important – knowledge and wealth. To attain these two, this form of Ganapati is worshipped. He has four faces. They are four-handed. These contain scriptures in Kamandal, Rudraksha, stick, and palm leaves. Dwija are because they are born twice like Brahma. His four hands symbolize the teachings of the four Vedas.
7. Siddhi Ganapati
In this form, Ganesha is yellow. He has four hands. They are symbols of intelligence and success. In this form, he is sitting in a relaxed posture. He has modaks in his trunk. This form of Ganesha is present in the famous Siddhi Vinayak Temple of Mumbai. This form of Lord Ganesha inspires us to do any work efficiently. It is a symbol of achieving success.
8. Uchchishta Ganapati
In this form, Ganesha is blue. He is the god of grains. This form gives salvation as well as prosperity. He is seated with a musical instrument in one hand. Together, their power is seated on their feet. There is a temple of this form of Ganesha in Tamil Nadu. This form symbolizes the balance between opulence and salvation. They inspire a balance between desire and religion.
9. Vighna Ganapati
In this form, the color of Ganesha is like gold. He has eight hands. He is the God who removes obstacles. In this form, he appears similar to Lord Vishnu. He has a conch and chakra in his hands. She is also wearing many types of jewelry. This form inspires us to see the positive side. It also removes negative influences and thoughts.
10. Kshipra Ganapati
In this form, Lord Ganesha is red. He has four hands and is easily pleased and fulfills the wishes of the devotees. Ganesha has branch of Kalpavriksha in one of his four hands. He carries a vase in his trunk, which contains gems. This form symbolizes the fulfillment of desires. Kalpavriksha fulfills desires and Kalash bestows prosperity.
11. Heramb Ganpati
Five-headed Heramb Ganesha is the protector of the weak. This is his unique form. In this form, he is riding on a lion. He has ten hands, in which he holds an axe, noose, beads, garland, fruit, stick, and modak. There is a crown on his head. In this form, Ganesha inspires the weak to become self-reliant. They become an inspiration to overcome fear.
12. Lakshmi Ganpati
In this form, Ganesha is with wisdom and accomplishment. He has eight hands. One of his hands is in Abhaya Mudra, which is giving Siddhi and Wisdom to everyone. A parrot is sitting in one of his hands. There is a temple of this form of Ganesha in Palani, Tamil Nadu. In this form, Ganesha inspires to achieve achievements and gain expertise in some work.
He is blood-colored and has three eyes like Lord Shiva. He has ten hands and his power resides with them. A temple of this form of Lord Ganesha is in Dwarka. It is believed that Lord Krishna worshiped Ganesha here. In this form, Mahaganpati represents the ten directions. They avoid confusion.
14. Vijay Ganapati
In this form, he is riding on his mouse, whose size is shown larger than normal. This form of the Lord is present in the Ashtavinayak Temple of Pune in Maharashtra. It is believed that worshiping this form of God provides instant relief. In this form, Ganapati inspires to achieve victory and maintain balance.
15. Nritya Ganpati
In this form, Lord Ganesha is shown dancing under the Kalpavriksha. They are in a happy mood with four hands. He also has a halberd, a weapon of war, in one hand. This form of his is in the Arulmigu Magudeswarar temple in Kodumudi, Tamil Nadu. Worship of this form brings success in fine arts. They inspire experimentation in the arts.
16. Urdhav Ganapati
In this form, he has eight hands. His Shakti resides with him, which he holds with one hand. There is a broken tooth in one hand. The remaining hands hold natural resources including lotus flowers. He is seated in a Tantric posture. Worship of Ganesha in this form inspires the devotee to rise above his condition.
17. Ekakshar Ganapati
In this form, Ganesha has three eyes and the moon is placed on his head like Lord Shiva. It is believed that worshiping this form helps in controlling the mind and brain. The temple of this form of Ganapati is in Hampi, Karnataka. The seed mantra of monosyllable Ganpati is ‘Gam’. It is a symbol of every kind of beginning.
18. Var Ganapati
This form of Ganapati is known for granting boons. He is holding the gem Aquarius in his trunk. They bestow blessings of success and prosperity. This form of the Lord is present in the Renuka Yellamma Temple in Belgaum, Karnataka. In this form, the goddess seated with him has the victory flag in her hands. They symbolize the blessing of being victorious.
19. Tryakshar Ganapati
This is the Om form of Lord Ganesha. Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh are included in it. That means he is the creator, sustainer, and destroyer of the universe. There is a temple of this form of Ganesha in Narasipura, Karnataka, which is known as Tirumakudalu Temple. His worship in this form gives spiritual knowledge. This form inspires one to recognize oneself.
20. Kshipraprasad Ganapati
In this form, Ganesha fulfills the wishes quickly and equally quickly punishes the mistakes. He is sitting on a throne made of sacred grass. There are temples of this form of God in Karaikudi and Mysore in Tamil Nadu. This form of Lord Ganesha inspires everyone to work for peace and prosperity.
21. Haridra Ganapati
In this form, Ganesha is made of turmeric and is sitting on the throne. Desires are fulfilled by worshiping this form. This form of Ganesha is enshrined in the Rishyashranga temple at Sringeri in Karnataka. It is believed that keeping Ganesha made of turmeric is beneficial in business. In this form, Ganesha represents nature and the healing powers within it.
22. Ekadanta Ganapati
In this form, Ganesha’s stomach is bigger than other forms. He contains the universe within himself. They remove obstacles from the way and remove inertia. This form is widely worshiped throughout the country. In this form, Ganesha is inspired to pay attention to one’s shortcomings and enhance his qualities.
23. Srishti Ganapati
This form of Ganesha represents all the powers of nature. This form of his is similar to that of Brahma. Here he is seen riding on a big mouse. This form of his is enshrined in the Arulmigu Swaminathan temple in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. This form gives inspiration to differentiate between right and wrong and good and bad. In this form, Ganesha inspires creation.
24. Uddand Ganapati
In this form Ganesha establishes justice. This is his fierce form, which has 12 hands. His power resides with him. There is no temple of Ganesha in this form anywhere else in the country. Statues of 32 forms of Ganapati are present in Chamarajnagar and Nanjangud. This form of Ganesha inspires us to leave worldly attachments and be free from bondage.
25. Rinmochan Ganpati
This form of Ganesha gives freedom from guilt and debt. This form also grants salvation to the devotees. He is white in complexion and has four hands. One of them has sweet rice in his hand. A temple of this form is in Thiruvananthapuram. In this form, Ganesha inspires one to fulfill one’s responsibilities towards family, father, and guru.
26. Dhundhi Ganapati
In this form of blood-colored Ganesha, he has a rosary of Rudraksha in his hand. Rudraksha is considered to be the symbol of his father Shiva. That is, in this form, he is enshrined with the sanskaras of his father. He also has a red colored gem vessel in one hand. This form of Ganesha inspires spiritual thoughts. Makes life clean.
27. Dwimukh Ganapati
In this form of Ganesha, he has two faces, which represent the ability to see in all directions. They have raised trunks in both mouths. In this form, his body color is a mixture of blue and green with four hands. This form inspires us to look at the world and the individual, both internally and externally.
28. Trimukh Ganpati
In this form, Ganesha has three faces and six hands. The trunk of the mouth on the right and left sides is raised. He is seated on a golden lotus. One of his hands is in the posture of protection and the other is in the posture of blessing. In this form, he has a pot of nectar in one hand. This form of Lord Ganesha inspires us to do work keeping in mind the past, present, and future.
29. Singh Ganpati
In this form, Lord Ganesha is seated in the form of a lion. Their faces are like those of lions, as well as their trunks. He has eight hands. One of these hands is in Varada Mudra, while the other is in Abhaya Mudra. This form of Lord Ganesha is a symbol of fearlessness and confidence, which gives strength and prosperity.
30. Yoga Ganapati
In this form, Lord Ganesha looks like a yogi. They are chanting mantras. His feet are in a yogic posture. It is believed that worshiping this form gives good health and makes the mind happy. The color of this form of his is like the morning sun. The form of Lord Ganesha inspires one to recognize the powers hidden within oneself.
31. Durga Ganpati
This form of Lord Ganesha is invincible. They are powerful and always triumph over darkness. Here she is in the form of the invisible Goddess Durga. In this form, he wears red clothes. This color is a symbol of energy. He has a bow in his hand. This form of Lord Ganesha inspires us to remove the obstacles coming in the way of victory.
32. Sankashtaharan Ganpati
In this form, Ganesha removes fear and sorrow. It is believed that their worship gives strength in times of crisis. His power is also present in him. Shakti also has a lotus flower in her hand. One hand of Lord Ganesha is in Varad Mudra. This form symbolizes that there will be problems in every work, but humans have the power to overcome them.