Pancha Matanga Mukha Ganapathinaa

Butter Alankara , Idagunji Ganesha

 

Pancha Matanga Mukha Ganapathinaa
Paripaalithoham Sumukhena Sri

[I am protected (“paripaalithoham”) by Sri Ganapathi, with Five (“pancha”) handsome elephant-faces (“maatanga mukha”).]

Pancha Bhootaatmaka Prapanchoodayadi Karana
Virinchi Hari Rudra Nutena Pancha Vaktra Shiva Sutena

[Who is the cause (“karana”) of the universe (“prapancha”) co-existing of the five elements (“bhootatmaka”). Who is revered (“nutena”) by Brahma (“Virinchi”), Vishnu (“Hari”) and Siva (“Rudra”). Who is the son (“sutena”) of Parama Siva of five (“pancha”) faces (“vaktra”).]

Charanam:
Varadaabhaya Paashasruni Kapaala Danta Modaka
Mudkaraaksha Maala Karena Kamalaapura Vihaarena
Puruhutaadyakhiladeva Poojitha Vigneshwarena
Varaguruguha Sodarena Suruchira Lambodharena
Karunaanga Kauratharena Kali Malaharana Tarena

[Whose hands (“karena”) hold the symbol of ABHAYA and VARADA: the rope (“Paasha”), a goad (“Sruni”) a pothead (“kapaala”), tusk (“danta”) a Modaka sweet dish, MUDGARA and Rudraksha Maala..]

[Who is established (“vihaarena”) in Kamalaapura — Tiruvaarur. He is worshipped (“poojitha”) by all the celestials (“deva”) beginning with Indra (“puruhuta”).]

[He is the remover of obstacles (“vigneshwara”) and the brother (“sodharena”) of Guruguha, the distinguished one. He is handsome (“suruchira”) with pot-belly (“Lambodhara”). Who is renowned (“kauratharena”) for his compassion (“karunaana”) and who removes (“harana”) the sins (“mala”) of Kali]

mannArguDi periyavAL

abhyanyAmaram ArirAtayiShadAm yat pAda pangkeruha-
dvantvArAdhanam antarAyahataye kAryam tvavashyam viduH |
tathetAriti nItividdu bhajate devam yam ekam param
sarvArtha pratipAdanaika chaturo dvaimAturo avyAt sa naH ||

The meaning of the shloka is that even those who wish to do puja to some other deity than vigneshvara, have known that they should first necessarily worship vigneshvara’s two lotus feet, in order that any vigna  that might arise in their puja is removed. If one who does the puja has knowledge of the ‘tat-hetu nyAyam’, without thinking of worshipping any other deity, finishes it with vigneshvara who is the eka para vastu–one Reality. May that vigneshvara, who in this way is capable of doing pUrti–completion, of sakala kArya–all tasks, do-rakShaNa-of–protect, us.

In his book ‘nyAyendu shekaram’, mannArguDi periyavAL, a great sanskRta scholar and teacher, has composed the following shloka on vigneshvara as the mangala shloka of the text

नमामि गजाननम् ॥

वागीशाद्यास् सुमनसस् सर्वार्थानाम् उपक्रमे ।
यम् नत्वा कृतकृत्यास्युः तम् नमामि गजाननम् ॥

vAgIshAdyAs sumanasas sarvArthAnAm upakrame |
yam natvA kRutakRutyAsyuH tam namAmi gajAnanam ||

Just as from brahmA who is the vAgIsha, all the good-minded devas, while commencing a task, to accomplish it successfully, prostrate to gajAnana,

I too prostrate to him.

mahA gaNapatim manasA smarAmi |

 

mahA gaNapatim manasA smarAmi |

mahA gaNapatim

vasishTa vAma dEvAdi vandita ||

mahA dEva sutam guruguha nutam |

mAra kOTi prakAsham shAntam ||

mahA kAvya nATakAdi priyam

mUshika vAhanA mOdhaka priyam ||

 

Mahaganapati  my salutations to you. I meditate on You, the great Ganapati.

You are the one who is worshipped by great sages such as Vashishta and Vamadeva.

You are the son of the Lord Shiva. You are always adored by ‘Guruguha’, Lord Skanda.

You have a beauty and shine with the brilliance of a thousand ‘manmatas’ .

You are the embodment of peace and tranquility. You love great poetry and drama.

You have as the vehicle, as a mount,  a small mouse.

You love the modhakas, a variety of sweet made of rice and coconut.

I bow to thee. My lord, Maha Ganapati.