The Worship of Ganesha with 16 Names


Aum, Sri Mahaaganaadhipataye Namah

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes at the end of the page

Shodhasa Naama Puuja - 16 Name Offering

Aum, Sumukhaaya namah
Aum, Ekadantaaya namah
Aum, Kapilaaya namah
Aum, Gajakarnaaya namah
Aum, Lambodaraaya namah
Aum, Vikataaya namah
Aum, Vighna-raajaaya namah
Aum, Ganaadhipaaya namah
Aum, Dhumaketave namah
Aum, Ganaadhyakshaaya namah
Aum, Phaalachandraaya namah
Aum, Gajananaaya namah
Aum, Vakratundaaya namah
Aum, Suurpakarnaaya namah
Aum, Herambaaya namah
Aum, Skandapuurvajaaya namah

Aum, Sri Mahaganaadhipataye namah |
Shodsa-naama-pujaam Samarpayami ||

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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.

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