Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

This year Ganapati puja is early. Today is Ganesh chaturthi.

Ganesh Sahasranama — the 1000 names of Ganesh — is too long to list here. So I’ll just list the first 10 of a shortlist of 108 names:

108 Names of Ganesha

  1. Om Vinayakaaya Namah ( ऊँ विनायकाय नमः )
  2. Om Vighna-rajaaya Namah ( ऊँ विघ्नराजाय नमः )
  3. Om Gowri-puthraaya Namah ( ऊँ गौरीपुत्राय नमः )
  4. Om Ganeshwaraaya Namah ( ऊँ गणेश्वराय नमः )
  5. Om Skanda-grajaaya Namah ( ऊँ स्कंदाग्रजाय नमः )
  6. Om Avyayaaya Namah ( ऊँ अव्ययाय नमः )
  7. Om Puthaaya Namah ( ऊँ पूताय नमः )
  8. Om Dakshaaya Namah ( ऊँ दक्षाय नमः )
  9. Om Adhyakshaaya Namah ( ऊँ अध्यक्षाय नमः )
  10. Om Dwija-priyaaya Namah ( ऊँ द्विजप्रियाय नमः )

Here’s a Ganapati aarti, featuring Amitabh Bachchan.

Very nice. Of course, for me Ganesh chaturthi cannot be complete without listening to Kishori Amonkar’s “Ganapata Vighana Harana Gajanana”. Listen.

May Ganeshji, the remover of obstacles, bless all your endeavors.

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