List of Lord Ganesha avatars

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Just before moving to know about “List of Lord Ganesh avatars“, let us very briefly know some important information.

Although Lord Ganesha has many characteristics, he can be easily identified by his beautiful elephant head.

Lord Ganesha is widely admired through world and especially as the remover of obstacles and also he is the deva of high intellect and wisdom.

As the god of start, Lord Ganesha is honored at the start of all the Hindu functions, rites and ceremonies etc.

After knowing the “List of Lord Ganesha avatars“, let us know more information about Lord Ganesha.

Now let us come to our main point and let us know the different avatars (incarnations) of Lord Ganesha:

The kathas / stories and legends of Lord Ganesha are very much clearly given in many Puranas / Puranic texts. 

Out of which two Puranas, that is, Ganesha Purana and Mudgala Purana (both are Upa / sub Puranas) are totally dedicated to Lord Ganesha.  

As per the Ganesha Purana and Mudgala Purana, it is said that Lord Ganesha got manifested in several svaroopas / forms.

Out of which eight avatars are considered to be the prominent avatars of Lord Ganesha.

These prominent avatars which have been taken place in different yugas are as given below:

List of Lord Ganesh avatars are as given below:

Ekadanta

Vakratunda

Gajavaktra (Gajaanana)

Mahodara

Vikata

Lambodara

Dhumravarna

Vighnaraja

Lord Ganesha in all these avatars has been depicted as having an elephant trunk.  

Out of eight, five avatars of Lord Ganesha is symbolized with Mushaka / Mouse as his vahana / vehicle.  

Whereas in the other three avatars, Lord Ganesha is said to have used Lion, Peacock, and Serpent as his vehicle (Vahana). 

In each and every avatar a tatvika / philosophical importance is highlighted as the main theme apart from the other.

In each avatar, Lord Ganesha is said to have fought with an asura / demon symbolized with a weakness.

Ekadanta avatar: In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon named Madaasura and his weakness was Madaa (i.e., drinking, arrogancy).

In this avatar Lord Ganesha used mushaka / mouse as his vahana / vehicle.

Vakratunda avatar: In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon named Maatsaraasura and his weakness was Maatsara (i.e., Jealousy, envy).

In this avatar Lord Ganesha used Simha / Lion as his vahana / vehicle.

Gajavaktra / Gajaanana avatar: In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon named Lobhaasura and his weakness was Lobha (i.e., greed).

In this avatar Lord Ganesha used mushaka / Mouse as his vahana / vehicle.

Mahodara avatar: In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon named Mohaasura and his weakness was Moha (i.e., delusion).

In this avatar Lord Ganesha used mushaka / Mouse as his vahana / vehicle.

Vikata avatar: In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon named Kamasura and his was weakness Kama (i.e., lust).

In this avatar Lord Ganesha used Mayura / Peacock as his vahana / vehicle.

Lambodara avatar: In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon named Krodhaasura and his weakness was Krodha (i.e., anger).

Lambodara means, someone who has a big belly. Lambodara = Lambo + Udara = Big + Belly.

In this avatar Lord Ganesha used mushaka / Mouse as his vahana / vehicle.

Dhumravarna avatar: Here Dhumravarna means, someone having smoke (ash) color body.

In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon named Ahankaraasura and his weakness was garva / pride, asakti / attachment, infatuation, aham / ego.

In this avatar Lord Ganesha used mushaka / Mouse as his vahana / vehicle.

Vighnaraja avatar: Here Vighnaraja means, someone who removes all the obstacles.

In this avatar Lord Ganesha defeated an asura / demon Mamaasura and his weakness was ego (i.e., Possessiveness).

In this avatar Lord Ganesha he used sarpa / serpent as his vahana / vehicle.

All the above avatars indicate the requirement and the need to overcome these weaknesses as soon as possible,

so that one can live a happy and peaceful life and to realize the ultimate truth.

According to the Ganesha Purana, the avatars of Lord Ganesha are said to be Mahokataka lion as his mountain, Mayurasvara with peacock as his mount, Gajana Mouse with Mount and his ascent with Mouse.

It is believed and said that Lord Ganesha existed in all yugas (eras).

Lord Ganesha’s thirty two forms (द्वात्रिंशत् / dvātrinśat‌ avatars) are as given below:

Lord Ganesha Name – English Meaning

Bala Ganapati – Child like God

Bhakti Ganapati – Chaturbhuja / four armed

Dhundi Ganapati – Sought after

Durga Ganapati – Invincible

Dvija Ganapati – Twice born

Dvimukha Ganapati – Two divergent faces

Ekaakshara Ganapati – (Gam – Ganapati)

Ekadanta Ganapati – Single Tusk

Haridra Ganapati – Yellow colored

Heramba Ganapati – Five faced / ten armed

Kshipra Ganapati – Quick in action

Kshipra Prasada Ganapati – Quick rewarder

Lakshmi Ganapati – Varada Hasta

Maha Ganapati – The Great

Nritya Ganapati – Dancing

Rinamochana Ganapati – Liberator of bondage

Sankatahara Ganapati – Dispeller of sorrows

Shakti Ganapati – Along with his female energy

Siddhi Ganapati – The accomplished

Simha Ganapati – Mounted on Lion

Srushti Ganapati – Manifestation

Tharuna Ganapati – Eight armed, Astabhuja

Trimukha Ganapati – Three faced

Tryakshara Ganapati – Lord of three letters AUM

Ucchhishta Ganapati – Six armed

Uddanda Ganapati – Enforcer of Dharma

Urdhva Ganapati – Left hand elevated

Varada Ganapati – Boon giver

Veera Ganapati – Valiant warrior with shodasabhuja – 16 arms

Vighna Ganapati – Remover of all obstacles

Vijaya Ganapati – Victorious

Yoga Ganapati – Meditating

Lord Ganesha in different Yugas information is as given below:

As per Ganesha Purana, Lord Ganesha has taken four different forms in four Yugas:

1. In Satya Yuga / Krita Yuga – Lord Ganesha was known as Mahotkata Ganapati.

He was having dasha bhuja / 10 arms and his vahana / vehicle was a Simha / Lion.

2. In Treta Yuga – Lord Ganesha was white-colored. He had eight-arms and was known as Mayura Ganapati.

Lord Ganesha’s vahana / vehicle was Mayura / Peacock.

3. In Dwapara Yuga – Lord Ganesha was rakta varna / red colored.

He was manifested from the clay of the body of Sri Parvati Devi.

His vahana / vehicle was mushaka / mouse and had chaturbhuja (four arms) and was known as Gajaanana Ganapati.

4. In Kali Yuga – Lord Ganesha is known as Dhumraketu Ganapati (Smoke color).

Few other important aspects about Lord Ganesha

1. Many of us know that, Lord Ganesha is the putra / son of Lord Shiva and Sri Parvati Devi.

2. Lord Ganesha is the Abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of the akaasha (sky / space).

3. We have seen above that, Lord Ganesha has different vahana / vehicle in different avatars and in different Yugas. (Please see above).

4. We have to worship Lord Ganesha as one among a Parivara Devata (family Demigod) and should never ever worship Lord Ganesha as Sarvottama / Supreme.

Only Sarvottama / Supreme Bhagavan is Lord Sri Vishnu and all others are Lord Sri Vishnu’s followers.

5. In kaksha / hierarchy Lord Ganesha is in the 18th place.

In the same kaksha / hierarchy Vishwaksena, Kubera, and Ashwini Kumaras also present.

6. In Dwapara Yuga, Lord Ganesha is born as Charudeshna as the son (2nd son) of Lord Sri Krishna and Sri Rukmini Devi.

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