Ganesh Chalisa & Aarati
with English translation
Jai Jai vandana bhuvana
nandana gauri ganesha
dukha dvandvana phandana harana
sundara suvana mahesha
Glory, glory, all glory to You, O Ganesha; to You, the whole world pays homage, for You are the delight of Gauri and the charming son of Shiva. You are the extirpator of all pairs of contraries (such as joy and sorrow, birth and death, attraction and repulsion, etc.) and deliverer from them.
Jayati sambhu-suta gauri-nandana
vighna harana nasana bhava-phandana
jai gananayaka janasukha dayaka
vishva vinayaka buddhi-vidhayaka
Glory to You, O son of Shambu and delight of Gauri; You are the destroyer of all obstacles and deliverer of all from the cycle of birth and death. Glory to You, O leader of Shiva's henchmen, bestower of happiness on all your votaries, teachor of all and operator of the intellect !
Eka radana gaja badana virajata
vakratunda suchi sumda susajata
tilaka tripunda bhala sasi sohata
chabi sakhi sura nara muni mana mohata
O Ganesh (Vakratunda), resplendent is the only tusk which You have on Your elephant face and well adorned is Your sacred trunk; the crescent shaped triple mark on Your forehead is as beautiful as the Moon, and the celestials, men and ascetic who beheld Your loveliness cannot of it spell.
Ura mani-mala sarohuna lochana
ratna mukuta sira socha vimochana
kara kuthara suchi subhaga trishulam
modaka bhoga sugandhita phulam
On Your bosom is a garland of jewels, in Your eyes the beauty of the full-blown lotus and on Your head a crowd of gems. You deliver Your devotees from anxiety and wield a sacred axe and a beautiful trident in Your hands. Sweet laddus among delicacies and fragrant blossoms among flowers are Your favorites.
Sundara pitambara tana sajita
charana paduka muni mana rajita
dhani shiva-suvana bhuvana sukha data
gauri-lalana sadanana bharata
Blessed are You, O Karttikeya's brother and beloved son of Shiva and Gauri; elegantly attired in a beautiful yellow silken dress and wearing a pair of wooden sandals all studded with gems on Your feet, You are the source of all the blessings of the world.
Riddhi siddhi tava chamvara sudharahim
mushaka vahana sohita dvarahim
tava mahima ko varne par
janma charitra vichitra tumhara
Both Prosperity and Accomplishment wave royal whisks (chowries) over You (as if they were chowrie-burdars), and Your vehicle, the mouse, adds to Your splendor at Your door. As the story of Your life is so strange and mysterious, who can venture to describe Your magnificence which passes all telling ?
Eka asura shiva rupa bavanai
gaurihim chalana hetu tavam avai
yaha karana te shri shiva-pyari
nija tana-maila murti rachi dari
A demon, disguised as Shiva, often came to delude Gauri; in order to foil his design, Gauri, the beloved consort of Shiva, created a divine form from the scurf of Her body.
So nija suta kari griha rakhavare
dvarapala sama tehim baithare
jabahim svayam shri shiva taham aye
binu pahichana jana nahim paye
Asking Her son to keep watch, She stationed Him at the palace door, like a door-keeper. When Shiva Himself came there, He wasn't recognized and was denied entrance into the house.
Puchyo shiva ho kinake lala
bolata bhe tuma vachana rasala
main hum gauri-suta suni lijai
age paga na bhavana hita dijai
Shiva asked :"Tell me, who is your father ?". In a voice sweet as honey, You replied : "Hearken, sir, I am Gauri's son; don't you dare advance even a step beyond this point".
Avahim matu bhuji taba jao
balaka se jani bata baRhao
chalana chahyo shiva bachana na manyo
taba hvai kruddha yuddha tuma thanyo
"O sir ! Let take my mother's permission before I allow you to go inside; wrangling with a mere stripling like me will be of no avail". Not listening to Your behest, Shiva attempted to rush towards the house, which so vexed You that You, waxing furious, threw the gautlet down.
Tatkshana nahi kachu sambhu bicharyo
gahi trishula bhula vasa maryo
Srisha phula sama sira kati gayau
chata uRi lopa gagana maham bhayau
In a fit of rage, Shiva picked up His trident and driven by delusion, hurled it on You. Your head, tender like the sirisha flower, was severed and instantly it soared into the sky and disappeared there.
Gayo sambhu jaba bhavana mamjhari
jaham baithi giriraja-kumari
puche shiva nija mana mushakaye
kahahu sati suta kaham te jaye
When Shiva went happily inside where Gauri, daughter of Mountain King, was sitting, He smilingly asked : "Tell me, Sati, how did you give birth to a son ?"
Khulige bheda katha suni sari
giri vikala giriraja dulari
kiyo na bhala svami aba jao
lao sisa jaham se pao
On hearing the whole episode, the mystery cleared. Gauri, though daughter of the Great Mountain King (celebrated for immobility) was so moved and distraught that she fell to the ground and said :"You have done me a great disfavor, my Lord; now go and fetch the severed head of my son from wherever You find it".
Chalyo vishnu samga shiva vijnani
milyo na so hastihim sira ani
dhaRa upara sthita kara dinhyom
prana-vayu samchalana kinhyom
Shiva, expert in all skills, took His departure accompanied by Vishnu, but having failed to find the head, they brought one of an elephant and placed it upon the trunk and breathed life into it.
Shri ganeshashiva nama dharayo
vidya buddhi amara payo
bhe prabhu prathama pujya sukhadayaka
vighna vinashaka buddhi vidhayaka
It was Lord Shiva who named You Shri Ganesha and blessed You with knowledge, wisdom and immortality. You are, O Lord, the first among those who are worshipped; You bring joy to the faithful, destroy all obstructions, and cause the operation of the intellect.
Prathamahim nama leta tava joi
jaga kaham sakala sidha hoi
sumirahim tumahim milahim sukha nana
binu tava kripa na kahum kalyana
Whosoever remembers You before embarking on any mission finds all his tasks accomplished in the world. The very remembrance of Your name brings all happiness; whitout Your all-pardoning grace, there is no security and well-being anywhere in the world.
Tumharahim sapa bhayo jaga amkita
bhadavam chauthi chandra akalamkita
Jabahim pariksha shiva tuhim linha
pradakshina prithvi kahi dinha
Curled by You, the Moon's face was tarnished with the black reflection of the earth as it appears on the fourth day in the bright half of Bhadrapada, which none would dare look at. When Shiva wanted to test Your might and intelligence, He asked You to circumambulate the Earth.
Sadmukha chalyo mayura uRai
baithi rache tuma sahaja upai
rama nama mahi para likhi anka
kinha pradakshina taji mana shanka
While Satmukha (Your brother Karttikeya) went flying on His peacock, You adapted an easier curse without budging; You scribbled the name of Rama on the ground and, abandoning all misgivings, circumambulated it.
Shri pithu-matu-charana dhari linhyo
ta kaham sata pradakshina kinhyo
prithvi parikrama phala payo
asa lakhi surana sumana varsayo
With utmost devotion, you clasped the feet of your parents and circumambulated then seven times. Thus, You were rewarded with the fruit of having circumambulated the Earth, a feat that made the gods shower the flowers on You.
"sundaradasa" ram ke chera
durvasa ashrama dhari dera
virachyo shri ganesha chalisa
shiva purana varnita yogisha
While dwelling in the hermitage of the Sage Durvasa, Sundaradasa, a devotee of Rama, composed this hymn to Ganesha in forty verses just as the foremost among the adepts in the Shiva Purana had done.
Nitya gajanana jo guna gavata
griha vasi sumati parama sukha pavata
jana-dhana-dhanya suvana sukha dayaka
dehim sakala subha shri gananayaka
The wise who hymn the glory of Ganesha every day are blessed with supreme bliss. The Lord of Shiva's henchmen who blesses His votaries with wealth, progeny and happiness, also bestows upon them every auspicious object.
Shri ganesa yaha chalisa,
patha karai dhari dhyana
nita nava mamgala moda lahi
milai jagata sammana
He who repeats this hymn with earnestness is blessed with all felicity and gracious gifts, the novelty of which grows ever greater, as well as great honour.
Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh deva
Mata jaki Parvati, Pita Mahadeva.
Ek dant dayavant, char bhuja dhari
Mathe sindur sohai, muse ki savari,
Andhan ko ankh det, kodhin ko kaya
Banjhan ko putra det, nirdhan ko maya,
Pan chadhe, phul chadhe, aur chadhe meva
Ladduan ka bhog lage, saht kare seva, ,Jai
Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh deva,
Mata jaki Parvata, Pita Mahadeva.