Om Ganapathaye Namaha

Ganapathy or Ganesha holds a very important place in all hindu rituals.He is the god who can destroy all “Vighnas” (hurdles) in what ever task you are going to undertake.

This makes him a “Star” among gods and millions are doing his worship.In olden day’s there was even a religion or sect called ” Ganapathyam” with Ganapathy as the main deity of worship.

Doing his pooja everyday can bring you prosperity , fame and will decrease ill effects of bad “dashas” (Phases) in your horoscope.

But in today’s hectic life style we cannot dedicate many hours for this daily ritual.I have compiled here few “Mantras” , which can be chanted with in about 10 minutes.

Preparation :

Ganesh pooja to be done preferably in the morning.Take a shower and wear clean/washed cloths.

Can offer your prayers to a Ganesha photo or idol based on availability.

Keep some fresh flowers if they are available.

Starting Pooja:

Take a deep breath and chant ” OM……. ”

Offer a flower to the idol , placing or touching it at bhagavan’s feet.[If you are not having flowers offer a “Sankalpa” pooja by imagining about offering flowers to him.]

Close your eyes and imagine his presence with you , while breathing in and out slowly.(2 minutes)

Open your eyes and start reading/chanting the following Slokas :

Dhyanam :

Param Dhaama param brahma paresham Parameeshvaram / Vighna nighna haram shantham pushpam kanthamananthakam / sura surendri sidhendra sthutham sthoumy paraltparam

Surapadham dinesham cha ganesham mangalayanam / Idam Stotram mahapunyam vighna shoka haram param / yah padheth pratharuthaya sarva vighnath pramuchyathe /

[Offer flower]

Vidya Ganesha Ashtotthara Shatham :

[Offer flowers after completing every 2 lines of this sloka]

Vidya ganapathir vighnaharo gaja mukho avyah / Vigyanathma vichathkayo vishvakaro vinayakaha

Vishvasrik Vishvabhuk vishvasamhartha vishvagopanaha / Vishvanugraha sathya shivathullya shivathmajaha

Vichitra narthano veero vishva santhosha vardhanaha / Vimarshee vimalacharoo vishvakaroo vinayakaha

Swathanthra sulabha swarcha sumukha sukhabodhakaha / sooryagni sashidrik somakalachooda sukhanasanaha

Swaprakasha swadhavakthra swayamvyektha smrithi priyaha / shaktheesha sankara shambhu prabhur vibhurumasuthaha

Shantha shathamakharaadhya shchathura shchakra nayakaha/kaalajith karunamoorthy ravyektha shashvatha shubhaha

ugrakarmodinanandi shivabhaktha shivantharaka / chaithanya dhrithira veygya sarveancha sarva shathru hrit

Sarvagra samaranandi samsidha gananayakaha / samba pramodako vajree manaso modaka priyaha

Eaka dantho bruhathkushchir deerkha thundo vikarnnakaha / Brahmanda kanduka schitravarnna schitra radhasanaha

Thejeswee theekshna dhishana shakthi vrinda nishevithaha /Para parascha pashyanthi prananadha pramatha hrut

Sumklipshta madhyama spashto vaikharee janaka suchihi / dharma pravarthaka kamo bhoomi sphuritha vigraha

Thapaswee tharunollasee yoginee bhoga tatparaha / Jithendriyo jayasreeko janma mrityu vidaranaha

Jagath gurura meyatma jangama sthavarathmakaha / namaskara priyo nanamatha bheda vibhedakaha

Nayavith samadrik shoora sarva lokaika shasanaha / vishudha vikramo vridha samvirdha sasuhrithganaha

sarva saakshee sadanandi sarvaloka priyankaraha / sarvatheetha samarasa sathyavasa satham gathihi

After this offer flowers chanting ” Ohm Gam Ganapathaye Namaha” ( 8 Times)

Prostrate infront of the idol or photo and surrender yourself to him.Imagine in your mind all your wishes and pray for the fulfillment of them.

Then being in the same position ask forgiveness to him for any mistakes done (knowingly or unknowingly) during the pooja.

Stand-up, slowly open your eyes and take darshan of the idol again.

I will be posting more detailed Ganesh Pooja with elaborate/complete ritual which you all can do on week ends.

For further clarifications please send me a query through comments section.