12 Forms of Ganesha explained
1. MAHA GANAPATI
The Supreme Ganesha, blesses us with overall success and protection in all aspects of life.
2. DWIJA GANESA
The twice-born, blesses us with good health and prosperity. He is depicted as having four heads and four hands with rosary beads, a book, a water vessel and a staff.
3. HERAMBA GANAPATI
The Mother's beloved son who is capable of protecting one's wealth, is depicted as five headed Ganesha with ten hands, riding on a lion.
4. VEERA GANAPATI
The Valiant warrior form of Ganesha with 16 arms holding 16 powerful weapons, can protect women from all female-related diseases.
5. KARPA VINAYAGAR
The two-handed wish-fulfilling Ganesha, seated in ardha padmasana [half-lotus posture], blesses us with wealth.
6. TWIN GANAPATI
The twin Ganeshas, help us remove obstacles, poverty and diseases, balance our dosha and blesses us with good relationship.
7. NARAMUGA GANESA
Also known as Adhi Vinayakar, is an ancient form of Ganesha with a human head rather than an elephant head.
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8. SIDDHI AND BUDDHI GANAPATI
The Intelligent, has two consorts named Siddhi and Buddhi; Siddhi, who gives us intuitive intelligence, and Buddhi who gives us analytical intelligence.
9. NIRUTA GANAPATI
The Dancer, depicted dancing under the wish-granting tree, can help us receive the blessings of both the Divine and our ancestors.
10. VIGNA GANAPATI
The Obstacle Remover, is depicted as having eight hands with a conch shell and wheel, like archetype Vishnu, and is capable of removing all obstacles in life.
11. SELVI SAITHA GANAPATI
Selvi Saitha Ganapati, is a unique form of Ganesha who in Kali Yuga protects those who are punished despite their good deeds.
12. KALINGA NARTHANA GANAPATI
Kalinga Narthana Ganapati, is a dancing form of Ganesha who is depicted dancing on the forehead of the snake named Kalinga.