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Ganesha Names

The Female Ganesha Avatar

In Hinduism every divine being has the male as well as the female form. That is, every divine deity has a male and female avatar signifying the circle of life. The male avatar denotes the mental state of power while the female avatar denotes the physical state of power or ‘shakti’. For instance Lord Vishnu’s shakti (female avatar) is known as Vaishnavi, Lord Indra’s shakti is Indrani, Lord Brahma’s shakti is Brahmini and so on. Lord Ganesha’s female shakti is called Vinayaki, according to the Matsaya Purana and the Vishnu-dharmottara Purana. The Vana-Durga-Upanishad refers to the female form of Ganesha as Ganeshvari.

The female form of Ganesha came into prominence in the 16th century when a separate sect of religious group called the tantric emerged. The popularity grew as this sect preferred worshiping the female avatar of Ganesha more than the dominant male form. Tantric practitioners believe that the female form is the source of generative powers. While the male is responsible for implanting life, the female nurtures and nourishes it. In metaphysical theory, the female was considered the source of all material resources that is responsible for continuity of life.

The Puranas mention Malini, the elephant headed companion of Goddess Parvati. She is believed to be the nursemaid of Lord Ganesha. Therefore some scholars think that the female avatar of Ganesha is nothing but an exaggerated description of Malini.

The birth of the female avatar Vinayaki is mentioned in the Matsaya Purana. It is believed that the demon Andhaka wanted Goddess Parvati to become his wife. He tried to take her by force from Lord Shiva, who injured the demon with his trident. Andhaka had a boon that when blood dripped from his body and touched the ground, every drop would turn into a new Andhaka. The only way to stop this was to not let the blood touch the ground.

Parvati called out to the other deities and asked them to fight the demon along with their female forms. So Indrani, Vaishnavi and Brahmani came forward to fight Andhaka and absorb the blood before it touched the ground. It was Lord Ganesha’s female form, Vinayaki, who finally drank all the blood which helped the deities to destroy Andhaka.

Over the years, the debate has been afloat among sages, whether mental potential is more important over tangible and material resources. The sages, who believed that mental strength held more importance, associated themselves with Vedic practices and worshiped the male form of Lord Ganesha. The group that veered towards material resources worshiped the female form Vinayaki and practiced tantric activities. So the female form, Ganeshvari, also gained popularity.

The stories and the references are debatable as there isn’t any concrete evidence supporting the same. The acknowledgement of the female form of Ganesha happens on the occasion of Vinayaki Chatturthi. It occurs on the fourth day after the new moon appears.

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Ganesha Names

Ganesha the remover of all obstacles and the god of wisdom is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He had a corpulent body, which means he contained every matter of the universe within it. He is also known as Ganapati (Gana- Shiva’s followers and Pati- Lord). A less popular Yagna Ganesha Sahasranaam has 1008 names lovingly devoted to Lord Ganesha. The most common 108 names among these are:

  • Akhuratha- One who has a mouse as chariot.
  • Alampata- An eternal God.
  • Amit- The one who is incomparable.
  • Anantachidrupamayam- An incarnation who is infinite and cognizant.
  • Avaneesh- Lord of this whole world.
  • Avighna- The one who removes obstacles.
  • Balaganpati- The lovable child, Ganpati.
  • Bhalachandra- One who has crescent moon adorned on his head.
  • Bheema- One who is huge and gigantic.
  • Bhupati- The lord of the ‘bhu’, the earth.
  •  Bhuvanpati- The God of the Gods.
  • Buddhinath- The God of wisdom.
  • Buddhipriya- The one who bestows knowledge.
  • Budhividhata- The God of knowledge.
  • Chaturbhuj- The one who has four hands.
  • Deva- Lord of all the Gods.
  • Devantakanashakarin- Destroyer of evils and demons.
  • Devavrata- The one who consents sacrament.
  • Devendrashikha- One who is the protector of all Gods.
  • Dharmik- One who is religious.
  • Dhoomravarna- The smoke-hued lord.
  • Durja- The invincible lord.
  • Dvaimatura- The son of two mothers.
  • Ekaakshara- One who is of the single syllable.
  • Ekdanta- The one tusked Lord.
  • Ekdrishta- The one who has one side sight.
  • Eshaanputra- The son of Lord Eshan (Shiva).
  • Gadadhara- One who has Gada (mace) as his weapon.
  • Gajakarna- One whose eyes are like an elephant.
  • Gajanana- One who is elephant faced Lord.
  • Gajananeti- Same as Gajanana.
  • Gajavakra- The trunk of an elephant.
  • Gajavaktra- The one who has mouth like an elephant.
  • Ganadhyaksha- The lord of all Ganas.
  • Ganadhyakshina- The celestial bodies’ leader.
  • Ganapati- The lord of all Ganas.
  • Gauristuta- Son of Gauri.
  • Gunina- The master of all virtues.
  • Haridra- The one who is golden colors.
  • Heramba- Mother’s beloved son.
  • Kapila- One with yellowish brown colored.
  • Kshamakaram- The place where we can get forgiveness for all the sins committed.
  • Kshipra- Easily appeasable.
  • Lambakarna- The lord with large ears.
  • Lambodara- The pot-bellied Lord.
  • Mahabala- The enormously strong Lord.
  • Mahaganapati- The omnipotent and supreme Lord.
  • Maheshwaram- Lord of the whole universe.
  • Mangalmurti- The lord who always does the auspicious.
  • Manomay- The winner of hearts.
  • Mrityunjaya-The one who had conquered death.
  • Mundakarma- The abode of happiness.
  • Muktidaya- The one who bestowes eternal bliss.
  • Mushikavahana- The one with mushika (mouse) as his charioteer.
  • Nadapratithishta-The one who is a fond lover of music.
  • Namasthetu- The vanquisher of all evils and sins.
  • Nandana- The son of Almighty Lord Shiva.
  • Nideeshwaram- The one who gives wealth and treasures to his followers.
  • Omkara- The one who has the form of Om.
  • Pitambara- The one who wears a yellow colored cloth.
  • Pramoda- The Lord of all abodes.
  • Prathameshwara- The first among all.
  • Purush- The one who has a supreme personality.
  • Rakta- The one who has a red colored body.
  • Rudrapriya- The one who is beloved to Rudra (Lord Shiva).
  • Sarvdevatman-The one who accepts all celestial offerings offered to him.
  • Sarvsiddhanta- The one who bestows skills and wisdom.
  • Sarvatman- The protector of the universe.
  • Shambhavi- Son of the Goddess Parvati.
  • Shashivarnam- The one who has a moon like complexion.
  • Shoorpnakha- The Lord with large ears.
  • Shuban- The auspicious Lord.
  • Shubhagunakanan- The master of all virtues.
  • Shweta- The one who is as pure as white color.
  • Siddhidata- The one who bestows success and accomplishments.
  • Siddhipriya- The one who bestows wishes and boons.
  • Siddhivinayaka- The one who bestows success.
  • Skandapurvaja- The elder brother of Skanda.
  • Sumukha- The one with an auspicious face.
  • Sureshwaram- The Lord of all the Lords.
  • Swaroop- The lover of beauty.
  • Tarun- The one who is ageless.
  • Uddanda- The archenemy of evils and vices.
  • Umaputra- The loving son of Goddess Uma (Parvati).
  • Vakratunda- The Lord with a curved trunk.
  • Varaganpati- The one who bestows his devotees with varas (boons).
  • Varaprada- The one who grants wishes.
  • Varadvinayaka- The one who bestows everyone with success.
  • Veeraganpati- The heroic Lord.
  • Vidyavaridhi- The God of wisdom.
  • Vighnahara- The one who removes all obstacles.
  • Vighnaharta- The demolisher of all obstacles.
  • Vighnaraja- The Lord of Hindrances.
  • Vighnarajendra- The one who rules obstacles.
  • Vighnavinashanya- The one who destroys all impediments.
  • Vighneshwara- The Lord of all obstacles.
  • Vikat- The one who is huge and gigantic.
  • Vinayaka- The masses’ Lord.
  • Vishwamukha- The one who is considered as the master of the universe.
  • Vishwaraja- The King of the world.
  • Yangnakaya- The one who accepts all sacred and sacrificial offerings.
  • Yashaskaram- The one who bestows fame and fortune.
  • Yashasvin- The beloved and ever popular Lord.

             Shree Ganeshay Namah!

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