Swayambhu Vara Siddhi Vinayaka temple is located at kanipam 38 miles or 58 KM kms and 278.45 meters away from tirupati temple city. Here im going to describe about ganesha deity.
Ganesha is the eldest son of lord siva and mother parvati. He is invoked at the commencement of all pujas and functions as he is the god of wisdom. His benevolence is necessary in the god of wisdom. His benevolence is necessary in the fulfillment of human desires. Also, he is deemed to protect his devotees from any vighnam(obstacle);hence the name ‘vighneswara’ .He is also known as ‘ganapati’ as he was made the chief of the ganas by siva and parvati. Sage Vyasa worshipped ganesa by reciting his sixteen names before commencing Skandam. They are: ‘Sumukhan, Ekadantan, Kapilan, Gajakarnan, Lambodaran, vikatan, Vighnarajan, Vinayakan, Dhumaketu, Ganadhyakshan, Phalachandran, Gajanan, Vakratundan, Surpakarnan, Heramban,and SkandaPurvajan.’
Sri Ganesha is having shrines even in the remote villages of South India .He is also having a Sannidhi (place of worship) in Vaishnavite temples also. In most of the images of Ganesha, the trunk is turned towards the left side .He is usually represented as a stout, short figure and his mount is ‘Mushika’(bandicoot) belonging to the rat family.
According to the South Indian tradition, Ganesha is represented as a celibate, but is shown in the company of the consorts in the north. They are Siddhi personification of success and Buddhi .He is worshipped in 32 forms out of which, six forms are having consorts. A short summary of the 32 forms is given at the end. It is said that all the 32 forms are embodied in the Navasakti Vinayaka consecrated in the Ganesa Temple, situated in the bustling Luz corner at Mylapore in Madras. In other words,he gives darshan in 32 forms.
Large images of ganesha are found at Madurai were he is called by the name ‘Mukkurunippillayar’ and at the chidambaram temple in south Arcot district. The biggest images of ganesha can be seen at Basavangudi, Banglore, where he is having a separate temple. ‘Abhishekam’(sacred bath) is being performed on the huge image by standing on a platform.The worship of Ganapati has become very popular now-a-days. Ganesha puja is being celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm by the children throughout India. The temples dedicated to the deity are brilliantly lit, attracting large crowds. Images of the deity are also seen under banyan trees, on the banks of tanks and rivers. It may be mentioned that ‘Vinayaka chaturthi’ festival (birthday) will be celebrated with great éclat throughout India in the month of August this year.
The Madras Museum is having rare collection of Ganesha in stone, metals and wood. Metal images from Kodiakkadu, Velankanni, Tiruvalangadu, Nellore and Settipulam are also available.
The popularity of Ganesha extends to Nepal, China, Java, Bali, and Borneo, while his worship was familiar in Tibet,Burma, China, Campuchea and Japan. He is worshiped in foreign countries also under the following names: “mahapani” in Burma, “Dhotkar” in Mangolia, “Tsokprak” in Tibet, “prahganesh” in Campuchea, “Kwanshitiyik” in China amd “Vinayakshaw” in Japan. According to legends, Ganesha himself wrote the great Epic ‘Maha bharata’ to the dictation of saga Vyasa. It is reported that there was an understanding between them in that regard.
The 32 forms of lord Ganesa are:-
1. Bala Ganapati – He is having four hands and seated on a lotus. His form is like the rising sun.
2. Taruna Ganapati – He is in a sitting pose with eight hands and shines like the midday sun.
3. Bhakta Ganapati – He is having four hands and shining likes the white hued moon.
4. Vira Ganapati – He is in a standing pose with 16 hands. His color is red.
5. Sakti Ganapati – He is having four hands. He is in sitting pose with a consort on his left thigh. His color is red like the setting sun and he allays all fears.
6. Dvija Ganapati – He is having four elephant heads and four hands, his color is like that of the white moon and he is adorned with ornaments in his hands.
7. siddi Ganapati – Having five hands. He is seated on a lotus. His color is golden yellow and he is flanked by two consorts.
8. ucchista Ganapati – His color is blue and he is having six hands. He is very much inclined towards Vedanta philosophy.
9. Vighna Ganapati – Having eight hands, he is adorned with ornaments.
10. Kshipra Ganapati – having four hands, he is in a standing pose and shines like the flower called “Pantookam”.
11. Heramba Ganapati – His color is yellow and seated on a lion. He is having five elephant heads with ten hands.
12. lakshmi Ganapati – Having eight hands, he is flanked by two consorts with the Nilotpala flowers in their hands. His color white and he grants all boons.
13. Maha Ganapati – He is like the rising sun, having three eyes and two hands. He is having his consort seated on his left thigh and the moon on his head.
14. Vijaya Ganapati – He is robust and red in color. He is having four hands and mounted on a bandicoot (Mushika).
15. Nitta Ganapati – He is having six hands and yellow in color. He is in a dancing pose under the ‘Karpaga tree’, with his right leg lifted up.
16. Urdhva Ganapati – He is having six hands and of golden hue. His consort is seated on his left thigh.
17. Ekakshara Ganapati – He is having four hands and three eyes. He is seated on a lotus. He is adorned with red dress, flowers and sandal paste and having serpents as ornaments.
18. Varada Ganapti – Having four hands and three eyes, he is of golden hue. He is flanked by a consort named ‘Pushti devi’ and holds a vessel containing all nidhis (wealth).
19. Tryankshara Ganapati – He is of golden hue and having four hands . He is the embodiment of the scared syllable OM.
20. Kshipraprasada Ganapati – He is having six hands and three eyes. He is of red color and adorned by ornaments and lotus flowers.
21. Haridra Ganapati – He is having four hands. He is of yellow color and protects his devotees.
23. Ekadanta Ganapati – He is of blue color and has got four hands.
24. Uddanda GAnapati – He has ten hands and of red hue. He is having his consort seated on the left thigh.
25. Rinamochana Ganapati – He has four hands. He is of crystal color and dressed in red.
26. Dvimukha ganapati – He has two heads and four hands. He is of blue color and adorned in red dress.
27. Thundi Ganapati – He is having four hands and in a standing pose. He is the remover of all obstacles.
28. Mummuksha Ganapati – He is having three heads and six hands. He is seated on a golden lotus and of red hue.
29. Simha Ganapati – He is having the face of a lion and seated on a lion. He has eight hands, he is of white hue and adorned by bright dress.
30. Yoga Ganapati – He is having four hands. He is of red hue and adorned with blue dress. He sits in yogic pose.
31. Durga Ganapati – Having eight hands, he is of golden hue and adorned with red dress. He is also holding weapons in some of his hands.
32. Sankatahara Ganapati – He is having four hands. He is adorned with bright ornaments and blue dress and a young consort is seated on his left thigh. The forms of this Ganapati are immeasurable. Devotees should adore him by twenty one names as this number is specially suited to him. I ll come up with next article with ganesh chaturthi and kanipakam vinayaka temple. Jai Bolo Ganesh Maharaj Ki ….