Nritya Ganapati: The Dancing Ganesha

Nritya Ganapati is the fifteenth 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 appears in golden hue complexion in dancing posture on one leg under Kalpavriksha (Wish Fulfill Tree) with four hands. On his main right hand holds the tusk and the upper hand with elephant goad, on the left hand hold a battle-axe and noose. On his fingers with rings and the trunk curled holding his favourite sweet Modaka. Nritya Ganapati literally means the “Happy Dancer”.

Makha Nakshatra is associated with this form of Ganapati. It is believed that worshipping this form of the Lord will give proficiency and success to the devotees in fine arts. It is mainly worshipped by many artists and dancers.

Nritya Ganapati Mantra and its translation:

Kalhaara shali kamalekshuka chapa bandanta
Prarohakagadi kanakojwalangaha
Alinganaodhatakaro harithangashtaya devya
Karotu shubhaha murdhva ganadhipo mey

“The Dancing Ganapati under the boon-tree. He has four arms. He is golden in colour. His hands hold the single tusk, the elephant goad, the noose, the axe (parashu) or the hatchet (kuthara). The dhyana sloka specifies that one of the four hands can show a cake.”

One of the main temples for this form of Ganapati can be seen in Arulmigu Magudeshwarar Temple in Kodumudi, Tamil Nadu. Also the temples in Thiruvananthapuram have the paintings of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. And the temples in Chamarajanagar and Nanjangud in Mysore have all the 32 forms of Ganesha sculptures.

Nritya Ganapathi Dhyana Mantra

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