Wednesday, September 12, 2012



Easy to make Chocolate Walnut Fudge, loved by kids and adults too.

Recipe credit: My daughter in law, Divya Baindur


1. Marie Biscuits 150gms (1big packet)

2. Cocoa powder - 3 tabsps

3. Walnut - 100gms.

4. Milkmaid tin/Mithaimate - 395/400 gms

5. Milk (1/2 of milkmaid/mithaimate tin)


1. Crush Marie Biscuits

2. Add Cocoa powder, add powdered walnuts (coarse powder), add milkmaid, milk and mix together

3. Heat it for 3-5minutes on low flame

4. Spread it in a dish.

5. Garnish with some walnuts. Keep it in fridge & serve it.

Note: Tastes good even when served hot....

Monday, September 3, 2012

Angaraka Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi

Angarika Ganapathi Sankashti on Sept 4th, 2012, Tuesday. So on this day let us pray & take the blessings of Lord Ganapathi !
Below is the Meaning of Ganapathi Atharvashirsha with a Video chant of Atharvashirsha !  
It is also a fact that Lord Ganesh has 32 Forms of Avatar, Also Below is a list of 32 forms of Moola Ganapathi Temples in India which came into existence and its significance as Udbhava murthi's.

Why is a Sankashti on Tuesday called Angarika Chaturthi ?

The reason for Sankashti Chaturthi being known as Angarika Chaturthi is explained by the story below. The connectivity between a Tuesday and Ganesha is explained below.

 The birth of Bhauma

Once in Kailash, Lord Shiva was immersed in great Penance (Tapasya).  While in penance, three drops of sweat fell from his fore head on the ground. The sweat drops transformed into child with red complexion as if a burning fire and with four arms.
The Mother Earth gave this kid to Sage Bhardwaja. As he was given by Earth he was named as Bhauma, “The son of Earth”.
When Bhauma was in his teens, Sage Bhradwaja preached him the “Ganesh Mantra” and also explained the way in which one should recite the same. Sage Bhardwaja advised Bhauma to go to the banks of Narmada and perform Penance or Tapasya to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
Bhauma, as suggested by his father, performed great penance for Lord Ganesha, reciting the Ganesh Mantra. Lord Ganesha after few years, pleased with the penance appeared to Bhauma on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha Magh Masam of Telugu calendar, i.e on the fourth day of waning phase of the moon in the month of Magha.
Lord Ganesha, made Bhauma the head of Mangala Loka (Planet Mars). Lord Ganesha also said that Bhauma would become famous by the name of Angaraka. Lord Ganesha further added that, those who observe the Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat on a Mangalavara or Tuesday would be blessed with multi fold virtue than performing on a normal Sankashti Chaturthi.
Lord Ganesha also declared that a Sankashthi Chaturthi which would fall on a Mangala Vara or Tuesday would be known as Angarika Chaturthi or Angaraka Chaturthi.
Angaraki is not a vowed religious observance like others performed throughout the day and night. It is an observance composed of five prahars (one prahar is a period of about three hours), four during the day and one at night. According to the ritual, a meal should be taken at moonrise. Thus that meal becomes a part of the ritual and is not partaken of to end the fast.
On the day of Angaraki Ganesh frequencies reach the earth in greater quantities. The Ganesh frequencies from Mangal too reach the earth. Consequently most of the frequencies coming from the moon are destroyed. Hence the benefit obtained by performing ‘Angarika Vinayaki’ and ‘Angarika Sankashti’ is equivalent to a series of vinayaki’s and sankashti’s performed in a year.

Importance of Angarika Sankashta Hara Ganesh Chaturthi :-

Satvik (sattva predominant) Ganesh Darshan


Note - The idol is of white color because in Kaliyug
Lord Ganesh is of Dhumravarna means of white color.
The founder of Sanatan Sanstha, H.H. Dr Jayant Balaji Athavale has commented as 'Art not for the sake of Art, but for God Realisation'. Sanatan's seeker of the Sculpture section Shri Gurudas Khandeparkar through his tireless efforts for two years has made a satvic idol of Ganesh. In order that maximum Ganesh principle be attracted in this idol, it has been made after the study of ancient science of idol making and subtle vibrations. As the design of the idol here is after the study of subtle vibrations, means from which part,organ,ornament or carving of the idol will Ganesh principle emanate, the idol has become very much filled with satva principle. The Ganesh devotee will get the real benefit of spiritual practice after worship of such an idol.
  • Thousands of seekers have experienced actual Lord Ganesh sitting in place of the idol.
  • There is 28.3 % Ganesh principle in this idol and this idol has crossed the amazing limit of operation at the level of divine consciousness in the Kaliyug. (In Kaliyug, maximum of 30% Ganesh principle can be present in an idol. There is a maximum of 2% Ganesh principle in the good looking idols available in the market. - Editor)
  • Sanatan Sanstha has made arrangments for taking visit of idol and get spiritual experience after circumbulation in all the districts of Maharashtra.This opportunity has been availed of in large proportion and as of date lakhs of Ganesh devotees have circumbulated and got spiritual experiences.
  • Many have got spiritual experiences of very high order after circumbulation and have given in writing.
This Ganesh idol is available at some districts of Maharashtra and Goa. Ganesh devotees can make use of this opportunity. 
Some spiritual experiences about idols sculpted by other idol makers in accordance with the sattvik picture of Lord Ganesh created by Sanatan Sanstha

A. 'We make several idols of Lord Ganesh every year. One year I accepted to make an idol as per the picture of Lord Ganesh published by Sanatan Sanstha as an opportunity to master a new skill. I perceived something significantly different when making this idol. I felt as if I were making an ancient Ganesh idol. When making this idol and after doing it, several people looked at this idol as a unique one.' - Mr. Vilas Manjrekar, Majgaon, Taluka Savantvadi, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra
B. Impressed by the idol, a Catholic clicked its photograph for his personal collection after paying obeisance to the idol.

Significance (implied meaning) of various parts of the idol

1. Entire idol: Omkar, the unmanifest (nirgun) principle.
2. Trunk: It is a popular belief that an idol with the tip of the trunk pointing towards the right and left are called right-sided and left-sided idols respectively; however this is not the case. One should not decide whether the idol is right-sided or left-sided depending upon which side the trunk is directed. It should be decided depending on the direction in which the initial curve of the trunk points. If the initial curve of the trunk in a Ganesh idol points towards the right and the tip of the trunk points towards the left yet the idol should be considered a rightsided idol. The reason for this is that, the initial curve of the trunk pointing towards the right indicates that the right (that is Sun) channel (nadi) of Ganapati is active.
2.1 Right-sided trunk: An idol of Ganapati with the trunk curved towards the right is called dakshinmurti or dakshinabhimukhi murti (the idol facing the south). Dakshin means the southern direction or the right side. The southern direction leads to the region of Lord Yama (Yamalok), the deity of death while the right side belongs to the Surya nadi (Sun channel). One who is able to face the direction of the region of Yama is powerful.
2.2 Left-sided trunk: An idol of Ganapati with the trunk curved towards the left is called Vamamukhi. Vam means the northern direction or the left side. The Chandra nadi (Moon channel) is situated to the left. It bestows tranquility. Besides, since the northern direction is spiritually favourable and bestows Bliss (Anand), mostly the Vamamukhi Ganapati is worshipped. It is worshipped ritualistically in the usual manner.
3. Modak (a sweet delicacy)
3.1 'Moda' means Bliss (Anand) and 'ka' means a small part. So, modak is a small part of Bliss. A modak is shaped like a coconut, that is it is like the cavity 'kha' in the Brahmarandhra. When the kundalini (spiritual energy) reaches the 'kha' cavity, the spiritual experience of Bliss is obtained. The modak held in the hand signifies Bliss endowing energy.
3.2 'The modak symbolises spiritual knowledge (dnyan): hence it is also called dnyanmodak. Initially it seems that spiritual knowledge is little (the tip of the modak represents this); but as one starts studying Spirituality, one realises its vastness (the base of the modak symbolises this.) A modak is sweet in taste. The Bliss acquired through spiritual knowledge too is like that.'
4. Goad (ankush) : Destroyer of the energies which are harmful to the mission of acquisition of spiritual knowledge and Bliss.
5. Noose (pash): Worldly bondage. The noose wielded by Ganapati signifies that He will tie the noose around negative entities and take them away.
6. Serpent wound around the waist: The universal kundalini (spiritual energy)
7. Hood of the serpent: Activated (jagrut) spiritual energy
8. Rat: The rat which represents the raja component is within the control of Ganapati.
( Source - )
Pl take the blessing of Lord Ganesh by looking at the eyes for
a few seconds & also can start chanting Ganapathi Atharvashirsha..
Video of Ganapathi Atharvashirsha  
 Atharvashirsha title
Shri Ganapati Atharvashirsha was written by Atharva Rishi who had Ganpati Darshan. It is customary to invoke the name of Lord Ganesha before beginning anything. This page gives the meaning of Shri Ganpati Atharvashirsha. To download the audio of Ganapati Atharvashirsha(3394 KB) click here for the mp3 format. I acquired this meaning from somewhere on the internet.
Om Namste Ganpataye
Tvameva Pratyaksham Tatvamasi
Tvamev Kevalam Kartasi
Tvamev Kevalam Dhartasi
Tvamev Kevlam Hartasi
Tvamev Sarvam Khalvidam Bramhasi
Tvam Sakshadatmasi Nityam || 1 ||
O Lord Ganesha
I Pay my deep homage to you, the Lord of the Deva-Gana
You are the first facet of the Bramha-Tatva to arise
You have alone created this Entire universe
You alone can maintain this universe
You are indeed the all conquering supreme Lord
Indeed you are the "ATMA" || 1 ||
Rritam Vachmi
Satyam Vachmi || 2 ||
Speak noble fact
Speak complete Truth || 2 ||

Ava tvam Mam
Ava Vaktaram
Ava Shrotaram
Ava Dataram
Ava Dhataram
Avanuchanamv Shishyam
Ava Paschatat
Ava Purastat
Avo Uttaratat
Ava Dakshinatat
Ava chordhvatat
Ava Dharatat
Sarvatomam Pahi Pahi Samantat || 3 ||
Protect me
Protect the one who Describes you
Protect all who hear about your characteristics
Protect me & the disciples who are under Tutelage
Protect me from the obstacles (which arise during Rituals)
From the east (Similarly)
Protect me from the West,
From the North
From the South
Protect me from above & below
Protect me from all directions || 3 ||

Tvam Vangmayastvam Chinmaya
Tvam Anandmayastvam Bramhamaya
Tvam Sachitananda Dvitiyosi
Tvam Pratyaksham Bramhasi
Tvam Jnanmayo Vijnanamayo Asi || 4 ||
You are the constituent of speech
You are Joy & Immortal Consciousness
You are Truth, Mind & Bliss... one without a second
You are none other than divinity
You are Knowledge of Gross & Subtle types || 4 ||

Sarvam Jagadidam Tatvo Jayate
Sarvam Jagadidam Tvat Sti Shastati
Sarvam Jagadidam Tvay Layamesyati
Sarvam Jagadidam Tvayi Pratyeti
Tvam Bhumi Rapo Nalo Nilo Nabha
Tvam Chatvarim Vak Padaini || 5 ||
All the Universes manifest due to you
All the Universes are sustained by you
All the Universes get destroyed in you
All the Universes finally get merged in you
You alone are Earth. Water, Fire, Air & Either
You are the 4 types of speech & the root source of sound || 5 ||

Tvam Guna Traya Atitaha
Tvam Deha Treya Atitaha
Tvam Kala Treya Atitaha
Tvam Avastreya Atitaha
Tvam Muladhar Stiti Yosi Nityam
Tvam Shakti Treya Atmakaha
Tvam Yogino Dhayayanti Nityam
Tvam Bramhastvan, Vishnustvam, Rudrastvam, Indrastvam Agnistvam, Vayustvam, Suryastvam, Chndramastvam, Bramha Bhur Bhuva Svorom || 6 || 
You are beyond the 3 'GUNAS', (Satva; Pure, Rajas: Activating & Tamas: Dull)
You are beyond the 3 Bodies; (Gross, Subtle & Casual)
You are beyond Past, Present & Future (3 State of Time)
You are beyond 3 states of being; (Awake, dream & Deep Sleep)
You always Reside in the "MULADHARA" Chakra
You are the trinity of Power; (Creative Maintaining & Destructive Powers)
Sages always Meditate on you
You are the creator. Sustainer, Destroyer, The Lord of 3 worlds, Fire, Air, Sun, Moon, You are all inclusive & all Pervading || 6 ||

Ganadim Purvamuccharaya Varnadim Tada Nantaram
Anusvara Paratarah
Ardhendu Lasitam
Taren Hridam
Etatva Manu Svarupam
Gakarah Purva Rupam
Akaro Madhyam Rupam
Anu Svaraschantya Rupam
Bindu Ruta Rupam
Nadah Sandhanam
Sagm Hitaa Sandihi
Sesha Ganeshvidhya
Ganal Rishi; Nichrud Gayatri chandah
Ganpatir devata
Om 'GUNG' Ganpataye Namah || 7 ||
After Describing the Characteristics & Cosmic Attributes Of Lord Ganesha, Atharvan Rishi Gives us the Sacred "GANESH VIDYA" i.e. the Mantra which Reveals the Sacred Form of Lord Ganesh. The Letter "GA" is to be enunciated, following by "NA" This one word Mantra is then Potentiated with the "PRANAVA" "OM". This is Sacred Mantra. (In order to make it Simpler, Atharvan Rishi Present the above easier FASHION, Remember that Knowledge was transmitted orally in those days.)
"GA" is the first part, "Na" is the middle & end "UM" formed by the bindu is conjoined with the foregoing & all of them form the Sacred word. This Mantra if pronounced properly, has the power of revaling The Divine Lord Ganesh, The sage who receives the Mantra is Ganaka & the Metre is "NICHRAT GAYATRI" The Diety is Ganapati. Om 'GANG' Ganapati My salutation to you || 7 ||
Saying Thus, The Devotees should bow to the Lord.

Ek Dantaya Vid Mahe vakra Tundaya Dhimahi
Tanno danti Prachodayat || 8 ||
Mediate on the single Tusked Lord, with bent Trunk
May He Grant Knowledge & Inspire me || 8 ||

Ek Dantam Chatur Hastam Pashmam Kusha Dharinam
Radamch Vardam Hastair Bhi Bhranum Mushaka Dhvajam
Raktam Lambodaram Shoorpakarnkam Rakta Vasasamam
Raktam Gandhanu Liptangam Rakta Pushpaihi saupujitam
Bhaktanu Kampinam Devam Jagat Karnam Achutam
Avir Bhutam Cha Shrasta Yadao, Prakruthe Purushat Param
Evam Dhayayati Yo Nityam, Sa Yogi Yoginam Varah || 9 ||
The "SAGUNA" Form of Lord Ganesha is presented in the above Shloka I salute the Lord with 1 tusk (Right side) Who has 4 hands;
Upper Right carrying binding rope; Upper left hoalding goad; lower left carrying Broken tusk & the lower right blesses us, the mouse on his banner is also his vehicle.
He is blood red in colour; Pot-Bellied; He has elephant ears & wears red clothes
He is smeared with red sandalwood & decorated with red flowers
He is eternally blessings his devotees & was existing before Cosmos
He is beyond "PRAKRITI" & "PURUSHA" & is ever creating universes
One who meditates on him constantly, is a Supreme Yogi || 9 ||
(This is the Ganesh "Gayatri", Which is Self Sufficient)

Namo Vrat Pataye, Namo Ganapataye
Namo Pramatha patye, Namste Stu Lambodaraya Ekdantaya, Vighna Nashine Shiv Sutaya, Sri Varad Murtiye Namo Namah || 10 ||
Salutations to you Lord of all Deities, Ganas & all beings
(Salutations To) The Post-Bellied one with 1 Tusk who destroys all obstacles, son if Shiva The Divine Lord who grants, Boons (We bow to you) Taking your name || 10 || 
Ganesha The God of Wisdom 32 Forms of Moola Udbhava Ganesha's Temples.
Pl Note : These 32 Forms of Moola Ganapathi is apart from the Ashtavinayaka's
Just click on the pics if the pics are not displayed)
1. Bal GanapatiBal Ganapati is "the Childlike" God of golden hue. In His hands He holds a banana, mango, sugar cane and jackfruit, all representing the earth's abundance and fertility. His trunk garners His favorite sweet, the Laddu.He is in red colored image of a four armed Ganesha
This Moola Bal Ganapati Temple is in Uchipiliyaar near Trichi in TamilNadu. Bal Ganapati will bless children who are having Balarishta dosha parihara for children.

2. Taruna GanapatiEight-armed, Taruna Ganapati, "the Youthful," holds a noose and goad, modaka, wood apple, rose apple, His broken tusk, a sprig of paddy and a sugar cane stalk. His brilliant red color reflects the blossoming of youth. Red colored image of an eight armed Ganesha.

Taruna Ganapathi Temple is in Ujjaini in Madhya Pradesh.
3. Bhakti GanapatiShining like the full moon during harvest season and garlanded with flowers, Bhakti Ganapati, dear to devotees, is indeed pleasant to look upon. He holds a banana, a mango, coconut and a bowl of sweet payasa pudding.
Bhakthi Ganapathi Temple is in Gokarna near Mangalore.
4. Vira GanapatiThe "Valiant Warrior", Vira Ganapati, assumes a commanding pose. His 16 arms bristle with weapons, symbols of mind powers: a goad, discus, bow, arrow, sword, shield, spear, mace, a battleaxe, a trident and more.
Vira Ganapati Temple is in Kedarnath.
5. Shakti Ganapati Four-armed and seated with one of His shaktis on His knee, Shakti Ganapati, "the Powerful," of orange-red hue, guards the householder. He holds a garland, noose and goad, and bestows blessings with the abhaya mudra.
Shakthi Ganapati Temple is in the temple of Ardhanareshwara in Dhanushkoti in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.
6. Dvija Ganapati Four-headed Dvija Ganapati, "the Twice-born," is moon-like in color. Holding a noose, a goad, an ola leaf scripture, a staff, water vessel and a his japa beads, He reminds one and all of the urgency for disciplined striving. White colored image of four faced Ganesha with 4 arms.

Dvija Ganapati Temple is in Badrinarayan temple in Badrinath.
7. Siddhi GanapatiGolden-yellow Siddhi Ganapati, "the Accomplished," is the epitome of achievement and self-mastery. He sits comfortably holding a bouquet of flowers, an axe, mango, sugar cane and, in His trunk, a tasty sesame sweet.Click Image for view large size image.
Siddhi Ganapati is in Kudumudi in Tamilnadu.
8. Ucchhishta GanapatiUcchhishta Ganapati is "Lord of Blessed Offerings" and guardian of culture. Of blue complexion and six-armed, He sits with His Shakti, holding a vina, pomegranate, blue lotus flower, japa mala and a sprig of fresh paddy.
This Temple is in Thiruchanapalli around 20 Kms from Thanjavur Dist in Tamil Nadu.
9. Vighna GanapatiVighna Ganapati, "Lord of Obstacles," is of brilliant gold hue and bedecked in jewels. His eight arms hold a noose and goad, tusk and modaka, conch and discus, a bouquet of flowers, sugar cane, flower arrow and an axe.
Vigna Ganapathi is in Theur near Poona.
10. Kshipra Ganapati
Handsome, red-hued Kshipra Ganapati, "Quick-acting" giver of boons, displays His broken tusk, a noose, goad and a sprig of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree. In His uplifted trunk He holds a tiny pot of precious jewels.

This Temple is in Ahobala in Andhra Pradesh.
11. Heramba GanapatiFive-faced, white in color, Heramba Ganapati, "Protector of the Weak," rides a big lion. He extends the gestures of protection and blessing while holding a noose, japa beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, fruit and laddus. Image of ten armed Ganesha.
Hermba Ganapati is in Durga Temple near Monkey Falls about 30 Kms from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.
12. Lakshmi GanapatiLakshmi Ganapati, pure white colored, giver of success, sits flanked by Wisdom and Achievement. Gesturing varada mudra, He holds a green parrot, a pomegranate, sword, goad, noose, sprig of kalpavriksha and a water vessel.eight armed Ganesha with two consorts.

Lakshmi Ganapati Temple is in the Gopura of Subramanya Temple in Thirupanagundar in Tamil Nadu, This Ganapati will bless to reach our Goal/Lakshya.
13. Makara Ganapati Red colored image of Ganesha Accompanied by one of His shaktis, "the Great," Maha Ganapati, is red-complexioned and three-eyed. He holds His tusk, a pomegranate, blue lily, sugar-cane bow, discus, noose, lotus, paddy sprig, mace and a pot of gems.with a third eye, 10 arms, bearing a ratna kumbham.
Makara Ganapati Temple is in hill top in Durga Temple in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
14. Vijaya Ganapati Four-armed, of red hue and riding His resourceful mushika, Vijaya Ganapati is "the Victorious" bestower of success. His insignia are the broken tusk, elephant goad, a noose and a lucious golden mango, His favorite fruit.

Vijaya Ganapati Temple is in Uttar Kanchi 
, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt has installed Vijaya Ganapathi Temple, built by Stapathi from South India. This sacred temple is attracting thousands of yatris going to Badrinath and Kedarnath. The beautiful temple also has Kamakshi, Dakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu statue on the sides. Kumbabhisehkam of Shri Vijaya Ganapathy.
15. Nritya GanapatiThe happy "Dancer," Nritya Ganapati, is four-armed and golden, with rings on His fingers, holding a tusk, goad, noose and modaka sweet. He prances under the kalpavriksha tree, epitomizing exuberant activity and joy.
Nritya Ganapati Temple is in Chidambaram is dancing with his father
Lord Shiva - Nataraja known as Mukkuli Vinayaka in Tamil Nadu.
16.Urdhva GanapatiSeated with one of His shaktis on His left knee, Urdhva Ganapati is "the Elevated" Lord of golden hue. In His six hands He holds a sprig of paddy, a lotus, the sugar cane bow, an arrow, His ivory tusk and a blue water lily.

Urdhva Ganapati is in Dwarakapuri in Uttar Pradesh.
17. Ekakshara Ganapati Ekakshara, of "Single-Syllable" (gam), is three-eyed, of red complexion and attire. Crescent moon on His crown, He sits in lotus pose upon Mushika, offers the boon-giving gesture and holds a pomegranate, noose and goad.
Ekakashara Ganapati is in Chandikeshwara Temple in Sri Vanjiyam in Tamil Nadu.
18. Varada GanapatiVarada Ganapati, "the Boon-Giver with prominent third eye of wisdom, holds a dish of honey, the noose and goad and encloses a pot of jewels in His trunk. His shakti is at His side, and the crescent moon adorns His crown.

Varada Ganapati Temple in in Kanyakumari. 
19. Tryakshara GanapatiTryakshara Ganapati, "the Lord of Three Letters" (A-U-M), is gold in color and has fly whisks in His big floppy ears. He carries the broken tusk, goad, noose and mango and is often seen grasping a sweet modaka in His trunk.
Tryakshara Ganapati Temple is in 3 places Thiruchinapally with Mariyamma & in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu and also in Nepal.
20. Kshipra Prasada GanapatiKshipra Prasada Ganapati, "the Quick Rewarder," presides from a kusha-grass throne. His big belly symbolizes the manifest universe. He holds a noose, goad, tusk, lotus, pomegranate and a twig of the wish-fulfilling tree.
This Temple is in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
21. Haridra GanapatiHaridra Ganapati, the golden one dressed in bright yellow vestments, sits calmly on a posh, regal throne. Along with His tusk and a modaka, He wields a noose to hold devotees close and a sharp goad to spur them onward.
This Temple is in Mayaladithuraiy in Tamil Nadu.
22. Ekadanta Ganapati Ekadanta, of "Single Tusk," is distinguished by His blue color and sizeable belly. The attributes of this murti are an axe for cutting the bonds of ignorance, prayer beads for japa, a laddu sweet and the broken right tusk.

This temple is in Kanipakkam in Tamil nadu.
23. Srishti GanapatiRiding on His docile and friendly mouse, Srishti Ganapati is the lord of happy "Manifestation". This active God, of red complexion, holds His noose a goad, a perfect mango, and His tusk, representing selfless sacrifice.
Shrishti Ganapati is in Madurai Meenakshi temple & in Manasa Sorvara.
24. Uddanda GanapatiUddanda Ganapati is the bold "Enforcer of Dharma," the laws of being. His ten hands hold a pot of gems, a blue lily, sugar cane, a mace, lotus flower, sprig of paddy, a pomegranate, noose, garland and His broken tusk.
This Temple is in Nachiyar Kovil in Pericheri Dist in Tamil nadu.

25. Runa Mochana Ganapati

Runa mochana Ganapati is humanity's liberator from guilt, debts and bondage. His figure of alabaster skin is apparelled in red silks. He bears a noose and a goad, His milk-white tusk and a favorite fruit, the rose apple.
This Temple is in between Ajantha & Ellora.
26. Dhundhi Ganapati
Red-hued Dhundhi Ganapati, "the Sought After," holds a strand of rudraksha beads, His broken tusk, an axe and a small pot of precious gems thought to represent the treasury of awakenings He saves for all ardent devotees.
This Temple is in Idgunji near Sagar in Karnataka.
27. Dwimukha GanapatiDwimukha Ganapati, called Janus by the Romans, with two divergent faces, sees in all directions. His blue-green form is dressed in red silk. He wears a bejeweled crown and holds a noose, goad, His tusk and a pot of gems.
This Temple is in Thiruvane kaval near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.
28. Trimukha GanapatiTrimukha Ganapati, the contemplative "three-faced" Lord of red hue, sits on a golden lotus, telling His beads, holding a noose, goad and vessel of nectar. He gestures protection with a right hand and blessings with a left.

This Temple is in Gokarna in Karnataka
29. Singha GanapatiSingha Ganapati, white in color, rides a lion and displays another lion in one hand, symbolizing strength and fearlessness. He also holds a kalpavriksha sprig, the vina, a lotus blossom, flower bouquet and a pot of jewels.
This Temple is in Pudu Mudi Kshetra in Tamil Nadu.
30. Yoga Ganapati
Yoga Ganapati is absorbed in mantra japa, His knees strapped in meditative pose, hands holding a yoga staff, sugar cane stalk, a noose and prayer beads. His color is like the morning sun. Blue garments adorn His form.

This Temple is in Badrinath/Kedarnath Caves which is in a Yogic Posture.
31. Durga GanapatiDurga Ganapati, the "Invincible," waves the flag of victory over darkness. This splendid murti is of deep gold hue, dressed in red, holding a bow and arrow, noose and goad, prayer beads, broken tusk and a rose apple.

This Durga Temple is with in Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
32. Sankatahara Ganapati
Sankatahara Ganapati, "the Dispeller of Sorrow," is of sunlike hue, dressed in blue, and seated on a red lotus flower. He holds a bowl of pudding, a goad and a noose while gesturing the boon-granting varada mudra.
This temple is in Salem in Tamil Nadu.


Article by Nagesh kaikini-mysore

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Bangda Dodhak is a konkani fish curry..aroma of haldi leaves is great in this curry..


1.Banda Fish- 1/2 kg.
2.Grated Fresh Coconut- 3 to 4 tabsp.
3.Bedgi and Kashmiri whole red chillies- 10-12
4.Garlic- 2-3
5.Haldi- 1/2 tsp.
6.Coconut oil- 2 tabsp.
7.Haldi pan- 5-6
8.Kokum- per taste..
9.Salt- as per taste.
10.Teppal ( tirphal)- 7-8.


1.Clean and wash Bangda Fish..Apply little salt.
2. Fry whole red chillies in few drops of oil for 2 minute.
3.Grind grated coconut,fried red chillies,garlic,haldi,with some water. make fine paste.. in a final round add teppal in it ..and grind only for 1 round..add salt and mix it.
4.Mix above masala with Bangda Fish..
5.In a pan keep spread 3 haldi pan ..spread Bangda on it..add kokum pieces.spread some more teppals on it..sprinkle coconut oil on it..cover it with haldi pan.add very little water if necessary..cover it with lid..
6.Cook till Fish gets not overcook..
7. Bangda Dodhak ie ready to serve..