Maha Ganapatim

This is a the traditional Carnatic invocation for Lord Ganesha that is usually taught as one of the first songs learned by students of Carnatic music.

  • Genre: bhakti-gitam Deity: Ganesha
  • Artists: Meera and Manu Kondapi
  • Music Details: Ragam-Naattai | Talam-Aadi
  • Original Script

    pallavi

    mahaa gaNapatim manasaa smaraami |
    mahaa gaNapatim
    vasishTa vaama dEvAdi vandita ||
    (mahaa)

    anupallavi

    mahaa dEva sutam guruguha nutam |
    maara kOTi prakaasham shaantam ||
    mahaa kaavya naaTakaadi priyam
    mooshika vaahanaa mOdhaka priyam ||

    (www.karnatik.com)

    Transliteration

    Pallavi

    Maha ganapatim manasa smaraami

    Vashista vaama devaadi vandita

    Maha....

    Charanam

    Maha deva sutham guruguha nutham

    Maara koti prakaasam shantam

    Maha Kaavya natdagaadi priyam

    Mushika vaahana modaga priyam

    Maha.....

    Translation

    I meditate on the supreme GaNapati who is worshipped by sages like VasishTha, vaamadEva and others.

    He, the son of Lord MahaadEva, is adored by Guruguha and shines with the brilliance of crores of Cupids. He is the tranquil one and exults in the literary pieces like poems and dramas. He is fond of Modaka, a variety of sweet, and has a mouse for a mount.

    (www.karnatik.com)

    Photo of  Gurudeva
    The good-and-bad concept should be thrown out with a lot of other things, including the up-and-down concept. There is no good; there is no bad. You don't raise your consciousness, nor do you lower it.
    —Gurudeva