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Dwija Ganapati: The twice born Ganesha

Dwija Ganapati is the 6th of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu God worshipped in India and is believed to be the remover of all obstacles in the lives of his devotees.

In this form of Dwija Ganapati, the lord is regarded as twice born and is depicted as equivalent to Lord Brahma, as per Upanayana a ceremony where the Brahmins of young age are initiated to Gayathri Mantra to become Vedic Pundits.

According to ancient text, anyone who undergoes this ceremony is believed to be born again. In this form the Lord is represented with four heads and four hand in moon-white like in color. Dvija Ganapathi holds Japa beads mala (rudraksha), a water vessel (kamandalam), a staff (thandam) and an ole leaves scripture pustaka (ancient books made from leaves).

Ashvini Nakshatra is associated with this form of Ganesha. It is believed that worshipping Ganesha in this form will help in reducing debt problems and make materialistic gains.

Dwija Ganapati Mantra

Yah Pustakakshaguna Danda Kamandalu
Shrividyothaman, Karabhooshanaminduvarnam,
Stambera Maanana Chatushtaya Shobhamaanam
Tvam Yah Smaredwija Ganadhipate Sa Dhanyah!

Dwija Ganapati Mantra Translation

Ganapati the Twice-Born”. He has four heads and four arms. He is white in colour. His hands hold the rosary, the washing pot (kamandalu), the walking-stick of an ascetic or the ritual spoon (sruk) and the manuscript on palm-leaves (pustaka).

Dwija Ganapathi Temples

This form of Ganapati can be seen in Balleshwar Temple in Pali, Maharashtra. Balleshwar Vinayak Temple is also one of the eight Asthavinayak Temples in Maharashtra. Also the temples in Chamarajanagar and Nanjangud in Mysore has all the 32 forms of Ganapati sculptures.

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