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Eight Pramukh Avatar of Ganesh (Incarnations)

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Gaṇeśāvatārastotram

The son of Aṅgirā spoke:

There are uncountable incarnations of Mahātmā Gaṇeśa. It is not possible to speak the stories (of Gaṇeśa incarnations) by me even in one hundred years.[1] In brief, I will speak about incarnations — incarnations, which are notable among notable, which are popular as eight in number, and incarnations which hold the Brahman.[2]

Vakratuṇḍa incarnation is remembered as One Who holds Brahman in corporeal bodies, Who is the killer of Matsarāsura, and Who goes on a lion-vehicle.[3] Ekadanta incarnation is remembered as One Who holds Brahman in corporeal bodies, Who is the killer of Madāsura, and Who goes on a mouse-vehicle.[4]

Mahodara thus known incarnation is remembered as One Who shines forth knowledge of Brahman, Who is the enemy of Mohāsura, and Who goes on a mouse-vehicle.[5] Gajānana incarnation is stated as One Who is learned in Sāṅkhya, Who is the giver of siddhi, Who absolved Lobhāsura, and Who goes on a mouse-vehicle.[6]

Lambodara incarnation is said to be the One Who is the annihilator of Krodhāsura, Who goes on a mouse-vehicle, and Who holds the śakti of Brahmā.[7] The incarnation popular as Vikaṭa is remembered as One Who is the vanquisher of Kāmāsura, Whose vehicle is a peacock, and Who possesses the Sun as His own.[8]

Vighnarāja incarnation is said to be the One Whose vehicle is Śeṣanāga, Who is the slayer of Mamāsura, and Who speaks Viṣṇubrahma.[9] Dhūmravarṇa incarnation is said to be the One Who is the destroyed of Abhimānāsura, Who has attained the state of having a mouse-vehicle and Who is belonging to Śiva (or Who is essentially blissful).[10]

These are the eight incarnations (aṁśa) of Gaṇeśa, Who is without a leader, as spoken by me. By the bhajana (seeking or singing) of these (eight names), one can affix the mind on Brahman.[11]

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Poet: Āṅgirasa

Book: Mudgalapurāṇa

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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