Ganesh: God of Money, Success, Remover of Obstacles

(O Lord Ganapati!) You are (the Trinity) Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesa. You are Indra. You are fire [Agni] and air [Vāyu]. You are the sun [Sūrya] and the moon [Chandrama]. You are Brahman. You are (the three worlds) Bhuloka [earth], Antariksha-loka [space], and Swargaloka [heaven]. You are Om. (That is to say, You are all this).


  • prosperity
  • Good fortune
  • Destroyer of Obstacles
  • Business
  • Guidance from Lord Ganesh
  • invoked before the undertaking of any task
  • traveling
  • taking an examination
  • conducting a business affair
  • a job interview

performing a ceremony,) with such incantations as Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namah (hail the name of Ganesha), or similar. It is also for this reason that, traditionally, all sessions of bhajan (devotional chanting) begin with an invocation of Ganesha, Lord of the “good beginnings” of chants. Throughout India and the Hindu culture, Lord Ganesha is the first idol placed into any new home or abode.


First chakra association

According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesha resides in the first chakra, called Muladhara (mūlādhāra). Mula means “original, main”; adhara means “base, foundation”. The muladhara chakra is the principle on which the manifestation or outward expansion of primordial Divine Force rests. This association is also attested to in the Ganapati Atharvashirsa. Courtright translates this passage as follows: “You continually dwell in the sacral plexus at the base of the spine, Thus, Ganesha has a permanent abode in every being at the Muladhara.  Ganesha holds, supports and guides all other chakras, thereby “governing the forces that propel the wheel of life”.

Lord Ganapati Mantra and Prayer

Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is worshiped in the Hindu religion as the God of beginnings, knowledge, wisdom, intellect, and remover of obstacles.

  • One always starts any prayer, ritual, or occasion by worshiping the Beloved Elephant God.
  • Lord Ganesh blessings are also sought before starting any new venture.
  • Other names include Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka, Vighneshawar, and Pillaiyar. Ganesh mantras can be found in the Ganesh Puran and the Ganapati Upanishad.

One of my favorite Shri Ganesha prayers is:

“Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha

Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva

Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

“O Lord Ganesha, who has a large body, a curved trunk, and the brightness of a million suns, please remove all obstacles in my work always.”