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Ganesa Namaskara stotram

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Ganesa Namaskara Stotram
Translated by
(This great prayer tells eight names of Lord Ganesa followed by salutation to each name. This stotra was sent to me by Sri.K.Muralidharan .I am extremely thankful to him.)
Sri Vishnur Uvacha:-

1.Ganesam, Ekadantham cha Herambham, Vighna Nayakam,
Lambodharam, soorpakarnam Gaja Vakthram, Guhagrajam

Ganesa, Lord with one tusk , Lord close to Shiva , Lord of obstacles,
Lord with big paunch , Lord with winnow like ears , Lord with elephant head, Elder brother of Subrahmanya.

2.Ashtakhartham cha puthrasya srunu mathara hara priye,
Stotraanaam sara bhootham cha sarva vighna haram param.

Oh darling of Shiva , please hear these eight great names of your son,
Which is the essence of all prayers and destroys all obstacles.

3.Jnanartha vachako gascha nascha nirvana vachaka,
Thayor eesam para brahma ganesam pranamamyaham.

This word of wisdom starting from “Ga’ and ending with “na” liberates you,
And so I salute the Lord Ganesa who is indeed the divine Parabrahma,

4.Yeka sabdha pradhanartho Danthascha bala vachaka,
Balam pradhaanam sarvasmaad Ekadantham namamyaham,

In the strong word mentioning “DAntha” , the word “Eka” is important ,
And because strength is very important I salute the Ekadantha.

5.Dheenartha vachako hesacha rAmbha palaka vachaka,
Palakam dheena lokaanaam Herambham pranamamyaham.

The word staring with “He” and ending with “Rambha” is the protective word to the depressed,
And would protect all depressed ones and I salute that Herambha.

6.Vipathi vachako Vighno nayaka khandanarthaka,
Vipath khandana karam tham prana may Vighna Nayakam .

The word starting with “Vighna” and ending with Nayaka” is the destroyer of danger ,
And I salute that Vighna Nayaka who cuts off all dangers.

7.Vishnu dathaischa naivedyair yasya lambham purodaram,
Pithra dathaischa vividham vandhe Lambodharam cha tham.

Due to the offering of Lord Vishnu he has a big paunch ,
And he also has been given various things by his father and I salute that Lambodhara.

8.Soorpakarai cha yath karnou, vighna varana karakou,
SAmpadhou Jnana roopou cha soorpa karnou Namayaham.

Using the winnow like ears of his , he removes all obstacles,
And grants wealth and wisdom, and I salute that Lord Soorpa Karna.

9.Vishnu prasadam munina datham yan moordhni pushpakam,
Thad Gajendra mukham kantham Gajavakthram namayaham.

Due to the offering of Vishnu given to him by sages , his forehead is wish fulfilling,
And that Lord has the face of king of elephants and I salute that Lord Gajavakthra.

10.Guhyagre cha jathoyam aavirbhootho Haralaye ,
Vandhe Guhagrajam devam, sarva deva agra poojitham.

He was born before Subrahmanya in the place of Lord Shiva ,
My salutations to the God Guhyagraja , who is worshipped before all Gods.

Phala sruthi
The effect of chanting the prayer

Yethan namashtakam Durge nana Shakthi yutham param,
Yethan namashtakam stotram nanartha sahitham shubham

These eight names Oh Goddess Durga have several type of powers,
This prayer of eight names leads to different types of auspicious wealth

TRisandhyam ya paden nithyam sa sukhi sarvadhaa jayi,
Thatho vighnaa palaayanthe vainatheya adhyadhoragha .

If this read at dawn noon and dusk he would be happy and be always a winner ,
All the obstacles would be driven out and would become free of diseases .

Ganeswara prasadena maha jnani bhaved druvam,
Puthrarthi labhathe puthram , bharyarthi kusalam sriyam

By the grace of Ganesa he would definitely become greatly wise man,
He who seeks sons will get a son and he who seeks a wife would get an efficient wife.

Maha jada kaveendrascha vidhyaavaamsa bhaved druvam,
Puthra thwam pasya vedhe thadhaa kopam cha na kuru.

The great fool will become a great poet and would definitely become intelligent man,
He would see his sons , learn Vedas and would not get the displeasure of the God.