Heramba Ganapati is the eleventh form 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.
Heramba Ganapathi is a very rare form of protector of the weak. In this form the Lord appears with five heads and ten hands. The main right hand posture Abhya Mudra bestows blessing to all the devotees and main left hand grants wishes. On the other hands holds a noose, japa beads mala (Rudraksha), a battle axe, a battle hammer, his broken tusk as a weapon, garland, a fruit and his favorite sweet Modaka. The complexion is white in color and rides on the Vahana (Vehicle) “the king of the beasts”, the mighty Lion.
Aridra Nakshatra is associated with this form of Ganesha. It is believed that worshipping this form of the Lord will give confidence to the weak and help them in their tasks. It will help the devotees overcome fear.
Heramba Ganapati Mantra and its translation:
Abhaya Varadahastah Paashadantakshamala
Srini Parashu Dadhaano Mudgaram Modakam Cha
Phalamadhi Gatasimhah Panchamaatanga Vakthrah
Ganapatiratigaurah Paatu Herambanamaa
“The five-heads Ganapati riding the lion. He has ten arms. He is dark in colour. His first hand shows the movement of lack of fear (abhaya), the others hold the rosary, the citron, the club, the elephant goad, the noose, the axe, the kadabu cake, the single tusk; his tenth hand shows the movement which bestows boons (varada).”
This form of Ganapati is very rare and its exclusive temple can be seen in Kashi Vishwanath temple in Banaras, Uttar Pradesh. Also the temples in Chamarajanagar and Nanjangud in Mysore has all the 32 forms of Ganesha sculptures.
Heramba Ganapati Dhyana Mantra