Sankatnashan Ganesh Stotram
Sankatnashan Ganesh Stotram has been taken from Narad Puran which appears as a recitation by Devarishi Narad in the praise of Ganapati. Shri Ganesh is blessed with the right to get worshipped first during all auspicious occasions. Therefore, we are in the habit of beginning with Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namah which is the most popular mantra for us.
Sri Ganesh is Sankat Nashak (destroyer of obstacles, hazards, danger, distress etc.) for which he earned the name. He is the custodian of all knowledge and is the manifestation of intellect. However, he is worshipped more as the reliever from distress.
Devarishi Narad appears bowing to Ganpati who is first known as Gauriputra (son of Parvati). He is known by various other names and such twelve names have been narrated by Narad in the Stotram. The names have been explained below.
- Vakratunda – Having a curved trunk.
- Ekadanta – Having one tusk.
- Krishnapingaksham – Having reddish black eyes.
- Gajvaktra – The one with an elephant face.
- Lambodar – Having a large belly.
- Vikat – The one who is cruel towards his enemies.
- Vighnaraj – Destroyer of obstacles.
- Dhoomravarnam – Has a complexion of smoke.
- Bhalchandra – The one bearing a crescent moon on his forehead.
- Vinayakam – The one being the supreme leader.
- Ganpati – Leader of Ganas.
- Gajanan – Having an elephant face.
This Stotram has been highly recommended for chanting at least one time daily in the morning. It provides security for the whole day. Sri Ganeshji stands for compassion, patience, simplicity, fearlessness, non-violence etc. which are divine properties. These all will keep the devotee safe throughout the day.
प्रणम्य शिरसा देवं गौरीपुत्रं विनायकम् ।
भक्तावासं स्मरेन्नित्यं आयुःकामार्थसिद्धये ॥1॥
Pranamya Shirasa Devam Gauri Putram Vinayakam
Bhaktavasam SmareNityam Ayuhu Kamartha Siddhaye.
I bow to you (bowing my head with reverence) O’ Lord Ganesh the son of Goddess Gauri (Parvati). The one who always lives in the hearts of his devotees, who should be always remembered, the God the one who bestows long life, health, and desires. (Lord Ganesh, I bow to you).
प्रथमं वक्रतुण्डं च एकदन्तं द्वितीयकम् ।
तृतीयं कृष्णपिङ्गाक्षं गजवक्त्रं चतुर्थकम् ॥2॥
Prathamam Vakratundam Cha Ekadantam Dwitiyakam
Tritiyam KrishnaPingaksha GajaVaktram Chaturbhujam.
I assume you, Lord Ganesha, at first, he is known by the name Vakratunda (one with a curved trunk), secondly as the one with a single tusk (Ekadanta), third, as the one having reddish black eyes (Krishnapingaksham) and fourth with the name Gajavaktra – the one with an elephant face. (signifying intelligence, strength, and power).
लम्बोदरं पञ्चमं च षष्ठं विकटमेव च ।
सप्तमं विघ्नराजं च धूम्रवर्ण तथाष्टमम् ॥3॥
Lambodaram Panchamam cha Shashtham Vikatmev cha
Saptamam Vighna Rajam Dhumra Varnam That Ashtakam.
Fifth, I assume you with the name of Lambodhara (one with a large belly) and sixth as the one who is cruel towards his enemies (Vikata), seventh as the one who removes obstacles (Vignaraja), eight as the one whose body has a complexion of smoke (Dhoomravarnam).
नवमं भालचन्द्रं च दशमं तु विनायकम्।
एकादशं गणपतिं द्वादशं तु गजाननम् ॥4॥
Navamam Balachandran cha Dushman tu Vinayaka
Ekadasham Ganapatim, Dwadasham tu Gajananam.
Ninth is the one bearing a crescent moon on his forehead (Balachandram), tenth is the one being the supreme leader (Vinayakam), eleventh is the head of the Ganas (Ganapathi) and twelfth is the one having an elephant head (Gajananam).
द्वादशैतानि नामानि त्रिसंध्यं यः पठेन्नरः ।
न च विघ्नभयं तस्य सर्वसिद्धिकरः प्रभुः ॥5॥
Dwadashaitani Namani Trisandhyai Yah Pathennarh
Na Cha Vigna Bhayam Tasya Sarva Siddhi Karam Prabho.
The one who recites these 12 names, three times a day (during trisandhya’s – pratah sandhya, madhyanika sandhya, sayamkala sandhya), will not have the fear of obstacles and fulfill all their desires.
विद्यार्थी लभते विद्यां धनार्थी लभते धनम् ।
पुत्रार्थी लभते पुत्राम् मोक्षार्थी लभते गतिम् ॥6॥
Vidyarthi Labhate Vidyam, Dhanarthi Labhate Dhanam
Putrarthi Labhate Putram, Moksharthi Labhate Gatim.
Those who pursue education will get the knowledge, for those who want to earn will gain the wealth. Those who wish for a child will be blessed with a child and those who want salvation will get salvation.
जपेद्गणपतिस्तोत्रं षड्भिर्मासैः फलं लभेत् ।
संवत्सरेण सिद्धिं च लभते नात्र संशयः ॥7॥
Japed Ganapati Stotram Shadbhir Masaihi Falam Labhet
Samvastarena Siddhim Cha Labhate Natra Sanshayh.
The results of Chanting(meditating) on this stotram, will make their wishes fruitful in six months, within a year all the desired wishes will be fulfilled with no doubt.
अष्टेभ्यो ब्राह्मणेभ्यश्च लिखित्वा यः समर्पयेत् ।
तस्य विद्या भवेत्सर्वा गणेशस्य प्रसादतः ॥8॥
Ashtobhyo Bhahmanebhyascha Likhitva Yah Samarpayet
Tasya Vidya Bhavet Sarva Ganeshsya Prasadatah.
One who writes this Stotram and offers it to eight wise people will be blessed with great knowledge by the grace of Lord Ganesh.
I am a Vedic astrologer by profession. I have done Jyotish Acharya from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan. I am devoted to my Sadguru Shri Sai Nath of Shirdi. I am also interested in spirituality. I love to guide people.