The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter XXIV - The worship of Ganapati

Suta said:—I will now describe the most excellent adoration of Ganas[1] which gives all and even heaven. The worshipper should adore the seats of Ganas, the images of Ganas and the lord of Ganas. Heart and other limbs should be assigned to Durga. The sandals of the preceptor, the seat of Durga and her image should be adored with the mantram:—“Hrim, O Durga, protect.” Then assignment should be made to the eight Saktis, called Chandikas, viz Rudrachanda, Prachanda, Chandogra, Chandanayika, Chanda, Chandavati and Chandarupa with the mantram “O Durga, O Durga, O protectress” Then Vajra, Khanga and other Mudras of Shiva should be adored in the south-east. Then Sadasiva, the lord of goblins and the lotus seat [should be adored.]

Em, Klim, salutation unto Sonstripura. Om, Hram, Hrim, Kshem, Kshaim, Strim, Skom, Rom, Sphem, Sphom, the lotus seat and the heart &c of Tripura.

Then in the lotus pitha (altar) should be adored Brahmani, Maheshvari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, indradevata, Chamunda and Chandika. Then the Bhairavas should be adored. Asitanga, Ruru, Chanda, Krodha, Unmattabhairava, Kapali, Bhishana, and Samhara, are the eight Bharavas[2]. He should meditate in his heart, in a mandala (diagram) with a lotus inside it and having three corners, on Rati, Priti, Kamadeva, the five arrows, Yogini, Valuka, Durga, Vighnaraja, Guru (preceptor) and Kshatrapa.

By reciting this mantram for a lac of times and by offering oblations to the fire Tripura gives Siddhi.

Footnotes and references:


Troops of inferior deities considered as Shiva’s attendants and under the special superintendence of Ganesha.


These are the personifications of the terrific power of Shiva.

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