Tryakshara Ganapati is the 19th form of the Lord Ganapati from his 32 Forms. Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu god worshipped and is believed to be the remover of all obstacles in the lives of his devotees. This form symbolizes the primordial sound “Om”.
In this form, the Lord appears in golden complexion with four hands and third eye on his fore head. He has big floppy ears with fly whisks. His trunk is curled towards the left holding his favorite sweet Modaka. In his four hands, the right hands holds tusk and elephant goad, and on his left hands holds mango and a noose.
Chitra Nakshatra is associated with this form of Ganapati. It is believed that worshipping the lord in this form will bestow spiritual knowledge. By meditating on the beejakshara everyday, a devotee can attain self realization.
Tryakshara Ganapati Mantra and its translation
Gajendravadanam Sakhshat Chalatkarna Suchaamaram
Hemavarnam Chaturbahum Pashankushadharam Varam
Svadantam Dakshine Haste Savyetvamraphalamtathaa
Pushkare Moodakam Chaiva Dharayantamusmaret
“The Three-letters ‘A’, ‘U’ and ‘M’ Ganapati”. He has four arms. His hands hold the single tusk, the elephant goad, the noose and the mango. He holds the cake modaka with the trunk end.
Tryakshara Ganapathi Temples
The three letters A U M represent the Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara element and all of them are said to reside in the word AUM also pronounced as Om commonly. The main temple for this form of Ganapati can be seen in Tirumakudalu temple in Narasipura, Karnataka. Also the temples in Chamarajanagar and Nanjangud in Mysore have all the 32 forms of Ganesha sculptures.