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Shree Ganesh Ashtottaram is the stotram that tells us the 108 mantras to invoke Lord Ganesha. It is believed that this ashtottaram is very dear to Lord Ganesha and by reciting this ashtottaram one can get the desired results.

“SarvaVighnaharam Devam Sarva Karyaphalapradanam

Sarvasiddhi pradhataram Vandeham Gaananayakam

Meaning:

The remover of all obstacles and all problems, the one who gives the phalam (results) of all the work done, the one who gives all types of siddhi (wealth); I bow to the Lord who is the Leader of those who can not be led by anyone.

Vinayaka/ Ganesha 108 Ashtothram

Om Vinayakaya Namah: I bow to the Guru
Om Vighnarajaya Namah:I bow to the Lord who removes my problems and obstacles
Om Gauriputraya Namah: I bow to the one who is the son of Goddess Gauri (Wife of Lord Shiva)
Om Ganesvaraya Namah: I bow to the Lord of ganas (followers of Lord Shiva)
Om Skandagrajaya Namah:  I bow to the elder brother of Skanda
Om Avyayaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the world himself
Om Putaya Namah: I bow to the son of Lord Shiva
Om Dakshaya Namah: I bow to the one who is the cleverest
Om Adhyakshaya Namah: I bow to the one who is the leader of all
Om Dvijapriyaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the beloved of bramins (saints)
Om Agnigarbhachide Namah:I bow to the Lord who is the slayer of the demon who omitted fire from his eyes
Om Indrasripradaya Namah:  I bow to the Lord who is beloved of Indra  who is the God of all devtas (angels)
Om Vanipradaya Namah:  I bow to the Lord who gives Vaani(melodious voice)
Om Sarvasiddhipradaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who gives all kind of wealth
Om Sarvatanayaya Namah: I bow the to Lord who does the best for all
Om Sarvaripriyaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is beloved of all
Om Sarvatmakaya Namah:  I bow to the Lord who is present in every soul
Om Srushtikatre Namah:  I bow to the Lord who is omnipresent
Om Devaya Namah: I bow the Lord of the Gods
Om Anekarchitaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is formed from the piles of the funeral elements
Om Sivaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is eternal
Om Suddhaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is pure
Om Buddhipriyaya Namah:  I bow to the Lord who is the beloved of Buddhi
Om Santaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is like a sage
Om Brahmacharine Naamaha: I bow to the Lord who is a brahmcarin
Om Gajananaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the leader of those whom no one can lead
Om Dvaimatreyaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has devtas as his friends
Om Munistutyaya Namah: I bow the Lord who is an object of devotion for the greatest saints
Om Bhaktavighnavinasanaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who stops all the problems before they reach his devotees
Om Ekadantaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is one tusked
Om Chaturbahave Namah: I bow to the Lord who has four hands
Om Chaturaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the wisest among all
Om Saktisamyutaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the mightiest
Om Lambodaraya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has a pot like belly
Om Surpakarnaya Namah: I bow to the Lord whose ears are like winnowing fans
Om Haraye Namah: I bow to the Lord who is worshipped everywhere
Om Brahmaviduttamaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is like a vidyut (spark) to this universe
Om Kalaya Namah:  I bow to the Lord who is the one who controls the time
Om Grahapataye Namah: I bow to the Lord or the master of the house
Om Kamine Namah: I bow to the Lord who is a lover
Om Somasuryagnilochanaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who saw the demons with the soma ras (nectar)
Om Pasankusadharaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who holds the dangerous weapons of war i.e. Pashan and Kusha
Om Chandaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is as soothing as moon
Om Gunatitaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the master of many gunas (virtues)
Om Niranjanaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is as pure as milk and is spotless
Om Akalmashaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the point of fate for everypne
Om Svayamsiddhaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is himself a form of wealth and opulence
Om Siddharchitapadambujaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the sacred among all and whose feet are as soft as ambuj (lotus)
Om Bijapuraphalasaktaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who loves fruits a lot
Om Varadaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who gives boons
Om Sasvataya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is sasvat (permanent or perpetual)
Om Krutine Namah: I bow to the Lord who is pure
Om Dvijapriyaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has two consorts
Om Vitabhayaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is loved by all
Om Gadine Namah: I bow to the Lord who is armed with a club
Om Chakrine Namah: I bow to the Lord who has chakras in his hands
Om Ikshuchapadhrite Namah: I bow to the Lord who bestows his devotees with boons
Om Sridaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is merciful
Om Ajaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who can never be defeated
Om Utpalakaraya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is emaciated
Om Sripataye Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the husband of a goddess
Om Stutiharshitaya Namah: I bow to the Lord whose stuti (hymns) people sing happily
Om Kuladribhettre Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the Lord of the mountains
Om Jatilaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is ascetic
Om Kalikalmashanasanaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who killed the demons
Om Chandrachudamanaye Namah: I bow to the Lord who has a crescent moon on his head
Om Kantaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is very splendorous
Om Papaharine Namah: I bow to the Lord who kills our sins
Om Samahitaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who possesses everyone
Om Asritaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is independent
Om Srikaraya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has radiant hands
Om Saumyaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is saumya (gentle)
Om Bhaktavanchitadayakaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is wanted by devotees
Om Santaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is like a saint
Om Kaivalyasukhadaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who just bestows his devotees with happiness
Om Sachidanandavigrahaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is bliss and whose existence is real
Om Jnanine Namah: I bow to the Lord who is gyani (who knows everything)
Om Dayayutaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the one who is full of sympathy and blessings
Om Dantaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has one tooth
Om Brahmadveshavivarjitaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is exempted from the Brahmdvesh (hatred or sacred knowledge of brahmins)
Om Pramattadaityabhayadaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is an object of fear for demons
Om Srikanthaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has a very beautiful image
Om Vibhudesvaraya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is extremely talented and intelligent
Om Ramarchitaya Namah: I bow to the Lord whom Lord Rama prayed to
Om Vidhaye Namah: I bow to the Lord who is destiny for everyone
Om Nagarajayajnopavitavate Namah: I bow to the Lord who uses nagaraj as a yagnopaveet (janeu or sacred thread that is tied from the left shoulder crossing the torso)
Om Sthulakanthaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has a bulky or stout neck
Om Svayamkartre Namah: I bow to the Lord who does everything on his own
Om Samaghoshapriyaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the vowels in himself
Om Parasmai Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the words
Om Sthulatundaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has a big and bulky proboscis
Om Agranye Namah: I bow to the Lord who is always at the front and is a leader
Om Dhiraya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the bravest among all
Om Vagisaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the master of all languages
Om Siddhidayakaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who bestows his devotees with siddhi (opulence)
Om Durvabilvapriyaya Namah: I bow to the Lord to whom one prays with Durva Grass (Bermuda Grass)
Om Avyaktamurtaye Namah: I bow to the Lord who is invisible
Om Adbhutamurtimate Namah: I bow to the Lord who has a mesmerizing and fascinating image
Om Shailendratanujotsanga Khelanotsukamanasaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is lord of the mountains and who is an object of happiness for the mankind
Om Svalavanyasudhasarajita Manmathavigrahaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has a grace of his own, who is a river of nectar and who is full of love
Om Samastajagadadharaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is the basis of the existence of this whole world
Om Mayine Namah: I bow to the Lord who himself is magical
Om Mushikavahanaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who has mouse as his vehicle
Om Hrushtaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is healthy and wealthy
Om Tushtaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who is pleased
Om Prasannatmane Namah: I bow to the Lord who gives happiness to the soul of a human being
Om Sarvassiddhipradayakaya Namah: I bow to the Lord who gives all kind of siddhi (opulence) to those who worship him. 

Ithi Sri Vigneshwara Astothara Satharamavalihi”

This ends the Ashtottara Namavali (108 names) of Shree Vighneshwar (The Lord who removes all problems and obstacles)

Shree Ganeshay Namah!

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There are different prayers to Lord Ganesha for different festivals and each has a specific ritual that must be followed closely. In order to be able to do that, one needs a better understanding of the rituals. As a devotee it is expected that one must have the ability to be partake in these rituals in the correct manner.

The Lord Ganesha rituals start with using different auspicious items. For most Lord Ganesha prayers tulsi leaves are always used. Tulsi is a herb believed to be very auspicious. The priest performs many different kinds of worshiping acts to please the Lord Ganesha. The rituals contain a lot of mantras to be chanted, followed by 16 steps of Lord Ganesha worshiping. These 16 steps are the most important rituals of Lord Ganesha prayers. You have to know them and understand them well first.

The 16 steps start with calling Lord Ganesha to come to earth and join the holy ritual with his devotees. The feet of Lord Ganesha are then washed with water, filled with rose petals and then dried with soft towels. The lord is then offered cold water, with specially scented ingredients that is prepared following the rules of Ganesha pooja. The participants, including the priest, then drink the water from their palms to purify their soul. The next step is the most important one for the ritual. The lord is then bathed with specially prepared water. The water is purified with holy ghee, sugar, honey and many more things.

The lord is then offered special clothes. These can be of different types, depending on the beliefs of the devotees, but a bright orange coloured dhoti is common. The holy janoi is wrapped around Lord Ganesha’s shoulders, scented holy items are rubbed on his body and colourful, sweet scented flowers are offered to Lord Ganesha. Then the scented incense sticks are lit up to fill the entire place with an auspicious smell. Mud lamps filled with ghee are lit up and fruits and sweets are offered to the Ganesha idol. Paan, made with different ingredients, is then dripped in rose water and offered to Lord Ganesha. The Lord Ganesha prayer rituals end with the devotees presenting a coin to the priest.

The devotees then gather around the statue of Lord Ganesha and repeat the prayers the priest chants. These prayers are to be chanted together. After the prayers to Lord Ganesha are complete, the devotees eat the left over fruits and sweets of Lord Ganesha, which is known as prasad.

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The Hindu religion has over 33 million gods and it is of little doubt that lord Ganesha is the most famous of them all. He is also the most worshipped of all the deities. ‘Om Shri Ganashaya namah’ or ‘hail lord Ganesha’ and ‘Om Gan Ganapatya namah’ that is ‘hail to you Ganapati, the king of all ganas’ are the commonest forms of chants and prayers that reverberate in every temple and shrine of the country. According to the Hindu traditions Ganapati Vinayaka is to be evoked in the beginning of any religious ritual is taking place or prayers are going to be offered to any other deity in the Hindu pantheon. And so it is these prayers that are uttered by every religious and devoted Hindu whenever he is going for a new undertaking and is looking for an auspicious start for an endeavor.

Apart from the two shortest and most popular mantras to invoke and pray to the god with an elephant head the Vakratunda mantra is considered as the most effective prayer to satisfy Ganesha. Unlike other gods of the Hindu pantheon Ganesha is quite easy to satisfy and is always ready to help his devotees and pull them up to a higher spiritual level that can be attained only by his help. Though there are thousands of other hymns and prayers to invoke lord Ganesha the Vakratunda mantra is known as most liked by the god.

Though India is a land of unique cultural diversity all the religious chants and hymns are written in Sanskrit. This gives the prayers a god ganeshsense of universality and standardizes the religious rituals associated with the puja. In many mantras Ganesha is referred to as the Vighneswara or the deity who is responsible for all the vighnas or obstacles that we face in our worldly existence. The mantras worshipping Vighneswara Vinayaka invokes him as the lord of all obstacles and prays to him to take care of all our problems and obstacles so that we can successfully tread the path to spiritual salvation.

But while praying to lord Ganesha, one must realize that all the different mantras are meant to serve different purposes and chanting the right hymns for the right purpose is of immense importance. Moreover, there are different incarnations of the god and there is a separate hymn for each of those avatars and those particular hymns are required to be chanted while invoking those particular forms of the same god. Though all these prayers and mantras were composed by ancient Hindu sages there is a very strong belief that lord Ganesha himself spoke through them and they were only the vessel that brought out the profound significance of the teaching and the blessings of the god.

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