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Ganesh names and stories about Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a joyous time for the people of India. Lord Ganesha and his incredible stories are the part of the culture that makes Ganesh Chaturthi makes so special for all Indians. Here are the Ganesh names and legends that make him the beloved of the people all over the country.

September 9, 2021: The Chaturthi Tithi, Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon) in the month of Bhadrapada was the day when Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati’s son, Ganesha, came into being. He is hailed as the supreme deity by none other than Mahadev himself. Lord Ganesh names are numerous and so are his stories. The god is worshipped before every deity and whose festival falls before everyone else.

Let us know about these legends and names of the god, who is Vighnaharta (the remover of hurdles), Sukhkarta (giver of joy) and the Dukhharta (the one who eliminates sorrow) and beloved of all.

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The 108 Ganesh names

Ganesha who is the lord of wisdom and good fortune is known to be addressed by about 108 names.

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However, the set of 108 Ganesh names is referred to as the Ashtottara Shatanamavali.

1. Akhurath: One who has a mouse as his charioteer

2. Alampata: Ever eternal lord

3. Amit: Incomparable lord

4. Anantachidrupamayam: Infinite and consciousness personified

5. Avaneesh: Lord of the whole world

6. Avighna: Remover of obstacles

7. Balaganapati: Beloved and lovable child

8. Bhalchandra: Moon-crested lord

9. Bheema: Huge and Gigantic

10. Bhupati: Lord of the gods

11. Bhuvanpati: God of the gods

12. Buddhinath: God of wisdom

13. Buddhipriya: Knowledge bestower

14. Buddhividhata: God of knowledge

15. Chaturbhuj: One who has four arms

16. Devadeva: Lord of all lords

17. Devantakanashakarin: Destroyer of evils and asuras

18. Devavrata: One who accepts all penances

19. Devendrashika: Protector of all gods

20. Dharmik: One who gives charity

21. Dhoomravarna: Smoke-Hued lord

22. Durja: Invincible lord

23. Dvaimatura: One who has two mothers

24. Ekaakshara: He of the single syllable

25. Ekadanta: Single-Tusked lord

26. Ekadrishta: Single-Tusked lord

27. Eshanputra: Lord Shiva’s son

28. Gadadhara: One who has the mace as his weapon

29. Gajakarna: One who has eyes like an elephant

30. Gajanana: Elephant-Faced lord

31. Gajananeti: Elephant-Faced lord

32. Gajavakra: Trunk of the elephant

33. Gajavaktra: One who has mouth like an elephant

34. Ganadhakshya: Lord of all Ganas (Gods)

35. Ganadhyakshina: Leader of all the celestial bodies

36. Ganapati: Lord of all Ganas (Gods)

37. Gaurisuta: The son of Gauri (Parvati)

38. Gunina: One who is the master of all virtues

39. Haridra: One who is golden coloured

40. Heramba: Mother’s beloved son

41. Kapila: Yellowish-Brown coloured

42. Kaveesha: Master of poets

43. Kirti: Lord of music

44. Kripalu: Merciful lord

45. Krishapingaksha: Yellowish-Brown eyed

46. Kshamakaram: The place of forgiveness

47. Kshipra: One who is easy to appease

48. Lambakarna: Large-Eared lord

49. Lambodara: The huge bellied lord

50. Mahabala: Enormously strong lord

Rest of the Ganesh names

51. Mahaganapati: Omnipotent and supreme lord

52. Maheshwaram: Lord of the universe

53. Mangalamurti: All auspicious lord

54. Manomay: Winner of hearts

55. Mrityunjaya: Conqueror of death

56. Mundakarama: Abode of happiness

57. Muktidaya: Bestower of eternal bliss

58. Mushikvahana: One who has a mouse as charioteer

59. Nadapratithishta: One who appreciates and loves music

60. Namasthetu: Vanquisher of all evils and vices and sins

61. Nandana: Lord Shiva’s son  

62. Nideeshwaram: Giver of wealth and treasures

63. Omkara: One who has the form of OM

64. Pitambara: One who has a yellow-coloured body

65. Pramoda: Lord of all abodes

66. Prathameshwara: First among all

67. Purush: The omnipotent personality

68. Rakta: One who has a red-coloured body

69. Rudrapriya: Beloved of Lord Shiva

70. Sarvadevatman: Acceptor of all celestial offerings

71. Sarvasiddhanta: Bestower of skills and wisdom

72. Sarvatman: Protector of the universe

73. Shambhavi: The son of Parvati

74. Shashivarnam: One who has a moon-like complexion

75. Shoorpakarna: Large-eared Lord

76. Shuban: All auspicious lord

77. Shubhagunakanan: One who is the master of all virtues

78. Shweta: One who is as pure as the white colour

79. Siddhidhata: Bestower of success and accomplishments

80. Siddhipriya: Bestower of wishes and boons

81. Siddhivinayaka: Bestower of success

82. Skandapurvaja: Elder brother of Skanda (Lord Kartik)

83. Sumukha: Auspicious face

84. Sureshwaram: Lord of all lords

85. Swaroop: Lover of beauty

86. Tarun: Ageless

87. Uddanda: Nemesis of evils and vices

88. Umaputra: The son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)

89. Vakratunda: Curved trunk lord

90. Varaganapati: Bestower of boons

91. Varaprada: Granter of wishes and boons

92. Varadavinayaka: Bestower of success

93. Veeraganapati: Heroic lord

94. Vidyavaridhi: God of wisdom

95. Vighnahara: Remover of obstacles

96. Vignaharta: Demolisher of obstacles

97. Vighnaraja: Lord of all hindrances

98. Vighnarajendra: Lord of all obstacles

99. Vighnavinashanaya: Destroyer of all obstacles and impediments

100. Vigneshwara: Lord of all obstacles

101. Vikat: Huge and gigantic

102. Vinayaka: Lord of all

103. Vishwamukha: Master of the universe

104. Vishwaraja: King of the world

105. Yagnakaya: Acceptor of all sacred and sacrificial offerings

106. Yashaskaram: Bestower of fame and fortune

107. Yashvasin: Beloved and ever-popular lord

108. Yogadhipa: The lord of meditation

Stories of Ganesh names due to the miracles and virtues

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Parvati gave life to a part of her and made Ganesh

It’s said that Lord Ganesha’s mother, Goddess Parvati, carved an idol of a boy out of turmeric powder and her own body’s dust and breathed life into it, without the knowledge of her husband, Lord Shiva.

While Shiva was busy in his yog for days at end, Parvati got really lonely and made her son for her company. Other versions of the story say that while Parvati bathed, she asked Nandi – the bull to stand guard and let no one in. The bull who is the vahana of Lord Shiva could tell his master off. Annoyed, Parvati asked her son Ganesha to stand guard.

So, when Ganesha denied Lord Shiva entry into his abode, Shiva was unaware of Ganesh being his son. Shiva decapitated Ganesha’s head in anger. On finding out the enraged Parvati wailed with pain. Seeing his wife’s condition Shiva ordered the Gods to go look for a head.

According to legend, an elephant was the first animal that Lord Brahma later found when he went out to look for one (to replace Ganesha’s head).

Also Read: The day of the elephant-headed God: All you need to know about Ganesh Chaturthi 2021

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Why is he the star of his mother’s eyes?

According to Padma Purana, there is another interesting story regarding why Ganesha loves modak. Once the Devas (demi-gods) came to visit Shiva and Goddess Parvati and presented them a divine modak. It was a very special modak and the person who ate it was supposed to become knowledgeable in all scriptures, science, art and writing. Goddess Parvati wanted to present it to her sons – Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartik. But the brothers were not ready to share it. So, a confused Goddess Parvati finally stated that whoever among them proved the true meaning of sincerity and devotion would get the sweet.

Lord Kartik immediately mounted his Vahana, or vehicle, and started visiting all the spiritual places. But Lord Ganesha went around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, stating that no amount of offerings or fasting or visiting sacred places is equal to the devotion to one’s father and mother.

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Writing the Mahabharata dictated by Ved Vyas

It’s said that Ganesha wrote the Mahabharata, as it was recited to him by sage Vyasa (Veda Vyasa). They agreed on the condition that Vyasa would not stop while reciting the epic and that Ganesha would not stop while writing, besides the condition that Ganesha would not merely write it, but also understand every verse of it. Popular legends say that it took both of them three years of continuous speaking and writing to complete the epic.

As the legend goes, when Ganesha was writing the Mahabharata, the feather he was writing with broke. So, to stick to the condition of writing continuously, Ganesha broke his tusk and wrote with it. Some also believe that Lord Parashurama cut off one of Ganesha’s tusks because he didn’t allow him to enter the Shiva abode and meet Lord Shiva, who was busy praying.

Written by: Aankur Pradhan

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