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The Mudgala Purana describes the eight incarnations of Lord Ganesha. Each incarnation was born to defeat a specific demon. Although the purpose of the incarnations was the same their physical attributes and characteristics differ.
The main characteristics of Lord Ganesha’s avatars are given below in the tabular form.
|Avatar||Meaning of the name||Symbolic meaning||Demon killed by the avatar||Symbolic win over||Vehicle||Colour of the body|
|Vakratunda||The curved trunk one||Embodiment of the form of Brahman||Matsarasura||Jealousy||The Lion||Flesh colour or yellow|
|Ekdanta||The single tusked||Embodiment of the essential nature of Brahman||Madasura||Arrogance||The mouse||Flesh colour|
|Mahodara||The Big bellied one||Embodiment of the wisdom of Brahman||Mohasur, Durbuddhi and his son Jnanari.||Delusion (Mohasur)Negative thoughts (Durbuddhi) and Ignorance (Jnanari)||The mouse||Red|
|Gajanana||The elephant face one||Embodiment of the absolute impersonal aspect of Brahmin||Lobhasur or Lobha (son of Kuber)||Greed||The mouse||Flesh colour|
|Lambodara||The potbellied (large bellied) one||Embodiment of the pure power of Brahman||Krodhasura||Anger||The mouse||Red/Orange|
|Vikata||The misshaped one||Embodiment of the illuminating nature of Brahmin||Kamasur||Desire||The peacock||Flesh colour|
|Vighnaraja||the remover of obstacles||Embodiment of the preserving nature of Brahman.||Mamasur (also known as Mamtasur or Mama)||Ego||The Shesha (divine serpant)||Flesh colour|
|Dhumravarna||The smoke colour one||Embodiment of the destructive nature of Brahman.||Abhimanasur||Pride||The horse||Grey|
The above table gives us an overview on the main characteristics of the eight incarnations of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha had the head of an elephant in each of the avatar but had different physical attributes and purpose of existence. In each life the deity fought to destroy a demon which symbolically represented a human weakness. This triumph over ego, greed, and jealousy etc., represents the power of Lord Ganesha to help his devotees tread the path of spirituality and virtue. The eight avatars of Lord Ganesha were born in different cosmic eras and convey intricate spiritual meaning.