~Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha/ॐ गं गणपतये नम~

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha (Sanskrit: ॐ गं गणपतये नमः) is a powerful prayer and mantra comprised of four parts that are all in praise of the Hindu god, Lord Ganesha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha can be translated as “My salutations to Lord Ganesha.” This mantra is from the Ganapati Upanishad, a long Sanskrit writing from the Vedas all about and in adoration of Ganesha.

Om is thought to constitute the divine in the form of sound. It is the universal sound where its utterance is considered the sound of creation itself.

Gam is a bija mantra, or the seed mantra, for Ganesha or Ganapati. These words are used interchangeably to indicate the same god in Hinduism.

Ganapataye is actually the alternate name for Ganesha, which is Ganapati. The ending ‘aye’ indicates that something is for or to Ganapati.

Namaha means salutations. This word is in most prayers and is also in the commonly used word “namaste”; which means my salutations to you. Thus, the mantra means “Salutations to Lord Ganesha.”

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