This Sanskrit mantra is one of many mantras recited to the Hindu god, Lord Ganesh – The Remover of Obstacles, who is also referred as Ganapatayei and Ganapati and is renowned by his elephant head.
This chant was first mentioned in Ganapati Atharvashirsha (also known as the Sri Ganapati Atharva Sirsha) which has been written by Atharva Rishi after he had the darshan (the act of beholding a deity) of the Remover of Obstacles.
Lord Ganapati is acknowledged as the Guardian of Knowledge that represents a state of consciousness where a man reaches spiritual completion and self-realization. Moreover, He is known as the Lord of learning and letters (the legendary scribe) and is said to be the scribe for some parts of the Mahabharata, one of the major Hindu epics.
Followers consider that if the Remover of Obstacles is worshiped or venerated, He grants prosperity, success, and protection against adversity. In a lesser known role, He is also the destroyer of selfishness, vanity, and pride.
He is the son of the Goddess Parvathi (the daughter of the mountain) and Supreme God Shiva (the god of the self-controlled, yogis, and celibate). Lord Ganapati has two sisters: Goddess Saraswati (the Goddess of Knowledge) and Goddess Lakshmi (the Hindu Goddess of Wealth) and a brother – Lord Murugan (the Hindu God of War).
Devotion to the Remover of Obstacles is widely distributed on the Indian sub-continent and extends into South East Asia. For instance, He can be found in millions of homes mostly due to His near universal reputation as a guardian deity. Most Hindu worship rituals (no matter the deity they are concentrated toward) frequently start with a call to Him.
Though numerous scholars consider Ganapati to be a bachelor, there are many instances where Ganesha is represented with two wives – Sidhi and Ridhi. While Sidhi represents wisdom and intellect, Ridhi symbolizes prosperity and wealth. This is why anyone who worships Lord Ganapati also invokes the blessings of His wives.
Ganesh Chaturthi is held in order to mark the birthday of the Remover of Obstacles. This day is believed to be the most sacred day for seeking His blessings.
He is usually depicted with a pious appearance, a human body (a plump belly with sweet Modak) with the trunk of an elephant. Furthermore, in His hands, there is a small rat as his wagon. Just like His father, Shiva, the Cosmic Dancer, He has bells on his feet which reveal that He is a dancer. He typically wears serpents and pearls as ornaments.
Occasionally, He is portrayed with only one tusk, and, in this aspect, He is known as Ek Dant.
”Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha Sharanam Ganesha.”
Ganesh Mantra Translation From Sanskrit:
“Om Salutations and Prostrations to Lord Ganesha.”
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha Meaning On Syllables:
Om – it is a single syllable mantra and the essence of all the entire galaxy of sacred chants in Hinduism. In many of the ancient sacred Upanishads, Om is revered as describing everything that is manifest, but it has its roots in the unmanifest. When you recite this syllable, the strong vibration from that sound correlates to the initial sacred vibrations which were sounded in the entire creation when the universe was created.
Gam – it is the seed sound (bija sound) of Lord Ganapatayei. Bija mantras are single syllable (but effective) mantras from the Sanskrit language.
Ganapataye – this is another name of Lord Ganapatayei, the one who overcomes obstacles.
Namaha – this Sanskrit word translates as ”I bow to you.”
Benefits Of Chanting This Ganesh Mantra:
This chant is considered a siddhi mantra. Each siddhi mantra contains certain specific powers of Lord Ganapatayei. When recited with sincere devotion and proper rhythmic breathing, it will bring good results.
For example, this Sanskrit mantra removes all obstacles or hindrance which prevent the practitioner from reaching his goals. You may use it before starting a new course in school, a journey, a new job, a new career so that impediments are removed.
Ganesh mantras also wake up the root chakra (also known as Muladhara chakra in Sanskrit). This energy center is home to your primal energy and is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area.
Muladhara chakra is the most physical energy vortex. It consists of energy paths which extend down through the feet and legs, grounding people to the Earth. This actually means that any activity which makes an individual more aware of the body will strengthen Muladhara chakra.
The root chakra is related to all the necessities of human existence, such as – water, food, comfort, shelter, acceptance, mental peace, and trust.
When Muladhara chakra is balanced, an individual will not need to manipulate in order to get what he wants. Balancing Muladhara chakra creates the solid foundation for opening all the energy centers above.
It is acknowledged that physical activity (any type of sport which requires physical effort – like – running or cycling) is the most important factor for empowering Muladhara chakra, nevertheless, practicing meditation and reciting mantras can also help.