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Ekadanta Ganapati: The single tusked Ganesha

Ekadanta Ganapati is the twenty second of the 32 forms of Lord Ganapati. 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, the Lord is depicted as having a single tusk. In this form, the Lord appears in blue color complexion with four hands and big belly. His belly which is larger than in other forms signifies the manifestation of the universe within him. On his main right hand holds his just-broken tusk and on the main left hand holds a sweet (Laddu). On the upper right hand holds a japa beads mala (Rudraksha) and the upper left hand holds an axe. It is believed that axe attributes to cut the bond of ignorance.

Anuradha Nakshatra is associated with this form of Ganapati. It is believed that worshipping the Lord in this form will help devotees to attain success

Ekadanta Ganapati Mantra

Lambodaram Shyamatanum Ganesham
Kutaramakshastraja Moordhavagaatram
Saladukkam Dantamadhaha Karabhyam
Vameteraabhyam Cha Dadhaanameede

Ekadanta Ganapati Mantra Translation

The Single Tusk Ganapati. He has four arms. He is blue in colour. His hands hold a large tusk, a rosary, a hatchet (kuthara) and the small ball of sweets (Laddu).”

Ekadanta Ganesha Temples

There are many temples associated with this form of Ganapati. Among them, the most famous can be seen at the ancient Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra. Also the temples in Chamarajanagar and Nanjangud in Mysore have all the 32 forms of Ganesha sculptures.

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