5 Most Powerful Sri Ganapati Mantras to Chant This Ganesh Chaturthi


Ganpati Bappa Morya! Mangal Murti Morya!

Ganesha is one of the most beloved and charming amongst the Hindu Gods. His elephant head and huge torso with a massive belly is the highlight of Ganesha’s magnificent form. He is known as the God of intelligence and the remover of all obstacles. This is one of the main reasons why Ganesha is worshiped before any other deity. This is also the reason why he is also known as Vighnaharta, where ‘Vighna’ denotes difficulties.
Ganesha being one of the favorite Gods, we all have our own ways of worshiping him and as times progresses people have changed their chanting, singing to express their devotion to their loving Ganesha. At the same time, in some ways, we have also come a long way ahead from our vedic roots and customized our love and devotion with a very contemporary track. Take for reference the recent Bollywood soundtracks, or the Ganesh Chaturthi slogans and chants, or the Twitter memes, and the contemporary Ganpati slogans and chants, these are far away from the Vedic Ganapati mantras and Shlokas of ancient scriptures.
There are a variety of modern hymns and slogans like 'Garam Jalebi, Fafda, Ganpati Bappa Aapda', and 'Tapeli Ma Sheero, Ganapati Bappa Hero' to 'Na China, Na Korea, Ganpati Bappa Moriya' to the modern remix 'Ek Do Teen Chaar Ganpati Ki Jay Jaykaar', and so far the best of all the remixes which is 'Modak Ko Thoda Round Ghumake, Bappa Ke Jaisa Damru Bajake, Ganesh Ko Thoda Mouse Pe Bithake, Aajao Sare Mood Banake, All The Bappa Fans, Don't Miss The Chance'. While these are fun and liked by almost everyone, it is imperative that we also remember our Vedic roots and recite the traditional Shlokas and Mantras celebrating Ganesha.
As a matter of fact, any devotion we offer to Shri Ganesha with a pure heart and intentions will be accepted by Ganesha, the ancient scriptures have ensured that we chant specific words and salutations which invoke divinity and positivity within us. Reciting with genuine devotion, these mantras can give you positive results in removing obstacles. In this blog, we will look at 5 mantras and shlokas in an attempt to understand these shlokas from a Vedic perspective.

1. The Basic Ganapati Mantra

ॐ गं गणपतये नमः
Om Gan Ganpataye Namah:
Explanation: The literal translation is 'My salutations to Lord Ganesha'.OM is a sacred melody that is thought to be the sound of the universe, encompassing all other sounds. Gan is a Beej Mantra. Ganapataye is another name for Ganesha. Most prayers include the phrase 'Namaha,' which means 'my salutations to you.'
Meaning: It means we bow down to Ganapati with all our existence and accept all his great qualities in ourselves.
Benefits: Chanting this mantra removes all the negativities before starting off any new task. Chanting this mantra ensures success in any new thing that one undertakes.

2. Vakratunda Ganesh Mantra

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा
Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa
Explanation: This is one of the most powerful mantra offered to Shri Ganesha and is also one of the most famous chants.
Meaning: This is a chant by which the devotee requests Ganesha to make his work obstacle free. It translates into 'Oh God with a curved trunk, a huge body and who’s presence is like the bright shining of many Suns, I request you to make my work obstacle-free, forever.'
Benefits: Chanting this Ganesh mantra will help remove any and every problem between a person and his well-being and also aids to earn wealth, wisdom, good luck, prosperity, and success in all endeavors.

3. Ganesh Gayatri Mantra

ॐ एकदन्ताय विद्धमहे, वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि, तन्नो दन्ति प्रचोदयात्
Aum Ekadantaya Viddhamahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat
Explanation: One of the common chants before any puja ceremony or religious proceedings, Ganesh Gayatri Mantra bestows wisdom when chanted with devotion. Ekadanta refers to one tusk on the elephant face which denotes that he is the God who broke the duality and made us have a truly one-pointed mind.
Meaning: The meaning of Ganesh Gayatri Mantra is, 'we pray to the Lord who is omnipresent and with a single-tusked elephant tooth. We hereby meditate and pray to the Lord with a curved trunk for greater intellect. We bow down in front of the one with a single-tusk seeking wisdom to illuminate our brains'.
Benefits: Chanting of Ganesh Gayatri Mantra encourages modesty and humility in the person and instills wisdom and intellect.

4. Ganesha Shlokam

गजाननं भूत गणादि सेवितं, कपित्थ जम्बू फल चारू भक्षणम्
उमासुतं शोक विनाशकारकम्, नमामि विघ्नेश्वर पाद पंकजम्
Gajananam Bhoota Ganadi Sevitham, Kapittha Jambhu Phalasara Bhakshitam
Umasutam Shoka Vinasha Karanam, Namami Vighneshawara Pada Pankajam
Explanation: This is one of the prayers offered to Lord Ganesha during the daily puja ceremony. With this small prayer, one attempts to seek blessings from Ganesha.
Meaning: The prayer means, 'one with the face of an elephant, who is served by the bhutaganas (celestial attendants) and others, who partakes the juice of kapittha (wood-apple) and jambu (rose-apple) fruits (offered by the devotees); who is the son of devi Uma (devi Parvati) and who is the cause of destruction of sorrows; I respectfully salute to you the Vigneshwara, the one with a lotus feet.'
Benefits: This daily prayer offers to manifest confidence and faith in the devotee. This prayer, when chanted continually, assures that the devotee is forever positively inclined and continues to work hard for success and prosperity.

5. Ganesh Mool (Beej) Mantra

ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं गं गणपतये वर वरद सर्वजनं मे वशमानय स्वाहा॥
एकदन्ताय विद्‌महे, वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि
तन्नो दन्ती प्रचोदयात्, ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Glaum Gam Ganapataye Vara Varad Sarvajan janmay Vashamanaye Swaha
Ekdantaay Vidmahe Vakratundaye Dhimahi, Tanno Danti Prachodyat Om Shantih Shantih Shantih
Explanation: This is the most powerful beej (Beej means seek - which means seed, the source of everything) contains several powerful words with sonic vibrations to pray to Lord Ganesha.
Meaning: The Ganesh Mool mantra is the most powerful and divine mantra amongst all. This mantra celebrates the unique and divine form of God Ganpati (Ganesha) and his powers. Being the mool (root) Mantra which begins with the chanting of ‘Om,’ it evokes positivity, purity, and energy in one’s life.
Benefit: This beej mantra is said to build a radiating aura around one’s body because of the cosmic energy in the sound vibrations of these Sanskrit words. This mantra is uniquely musical and lifts the mind to a state of trance. It is widely chanted during puja ceremonies and is believed to bring good luck, peace, and success, and remove all obstacles from one’s life.
Finally, there is our all-time favorite slogan - 'Ganapati Bappa Morya'. This is a slogan which we can hear everywhere and all the time. This short and powerful slogan simply means - Ganapati who is also our Bappa (which means a fatherly figure) Morya to you - which means, may you be victorious and always a king-like.
Chant these mantras and shlokas with genuine devotion and you will please Shree Ganesha. You can chant these mantras anytime, but Tuesday is the day allotted to Shree Ganesha, and will get the maximum benefits of chanting every Tuesday consistently.
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