Maha Ganapati is the thirteenth 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 with three eyes and a crescent moon on his head like his father Lord Shiva.
The lord appears with ten hands and is red in complexion and seen with his consort seated on the left thigh. On his hand holds his tusk, a pomegranate, a sugarcane bow, chakra (discuss), noose, a blue lily, a sprig of paddy, a lotus, a mace and ratnakumbha (pot containing gems).
Pushya Nakshatra is associated with this form of Ganesha. It is believed that worshipping this form of Ganapati will give prosperity to his devotees. In the temple of Dwaraka, it is believed that Lord Krishna is offering prayer to Ganapati.
Maha Ganapati Mantra and its translation:
“Hasteemdranana Minduchuda Marunachayam Trinetram Rasah
Dashilishtam Priyaya Sa Padmakaraya Svankashtayah Santatam
Beejapoora Gadekshu Karmuka Laschhakrabja Pashotapala
Vreehagra Svavishaana Ratna Kalasham Hastaih Vahantam Bhaje.”
“The Great Ganapati with a Shakti. He has ten hands. He is red in colour. His hands hold the single tusk, the pomegranate, the club, the sugar-cane bow, the disc, the conch, the noose, the nocturnal lotus, the paddy ear, the jewels pot.”
One of the most famous temples for this form of Ganapati can be seen in the Lord Krishna Temple in Dwaraka, Gujarat. Also the temples in Chamarajanagar and Nanjangud in Mysore have all the 32 forms of Ganesha sculptures.
Maha Ganapathi Dhyana Mantra