In Kali Yuga, the present cosmic epoch in which we are now living, the Lord will incarnate as Dhoomraketu with smoky complexion and riding a horse. In Kali Yuga people will be short-lived and their minds will be laden with all kinds of negative thoughts and feelings There will be general chaos in all spheres of life, and people will give up all good and noble values of life. Dhoomraketu will redeem the world from its fall into dark age of Kali and restore peace and happiness and re-establish the righteous pattern of living.
32 Forms of Lord Ganesha
As with the 64 forms of Shiva, 32 forms of Ganapathi are recognized in the Agamic scriptures
1. Baala Ganapathi – Red colored image of a four armed Ganesha
2. Dharuna Ganapathi – Red colored image of an eight armed Ganesha
3. Bhakti Ganapathi – Grey colored image of four armed Ganesha
4. Veera Ganapathi – Red colored image of 16 armed Ganapathi
5. Shakti Ganapathi – Red colored image of 4 armed Ganapathi, seated with his consort to his left
6. Dwija Ganapathi – White colored image of four-faced Ganesha with 4 arms
7. Siddhi Ganapathi – Golden colored image of four armed Ganapathi
8. Ucchishta Ganapathi – Blue colored image of six armed Ganapathi with his consort
9. Vigna Ganapathi – Gold colored image of eight armed Ganapathi
10. Kshipra Ganapathi – Red colored image of four armed Ganesha bearing a ratna kumbham
11. Heramba Ganapathi – Black colored image of ten-armed Ganesha with five faces, seated on a lion
12. Lakshmi Ganapathi – White colored image of eight-armed Ganesha with two consorts
13. Makara Ganapathi – Red colored image of Ganesha with a third eye, 10 arms, bearing a ratna kumbham, with his consort
14. Vijaya Ganapathi – Red colored image of 4 armed Ganesha on the mooshika mount
15. Nritta Ganapathi – Gold colored image of Ganesha in a dance posture
16. Urdhva Ganapathi – Gold colored image of six armed Ganesha with his consort
17. Ekakshara Ganapathi – Red colored image of Ganesha with a third eye, seated on a lotus
18. Vara Ganapathi – Red colored image of 4 armed Vinayaka with a third eye
19. Dhryakshara Ganapathi – Gold colored image of four-armed Vinayakar, decorated with Chaamara ear rings
20. Kshipraprasaada Ganapathi – Red colored image of six armed Ganapathi
21. Haridra Ganapathi – Yellow colored image of four armed Ganapathi
22. Ekadhanta Ganapathi – Blue colored image of four armed Ganapathi
23. Srishti Ganapathi – Red colored image of four armed Ganapathi seated on his mooshika mount
24. Utthanda Ganapathi – Red colored image of 10 armed Ganesha with his consort to his left
25. Ranamochana Ganapathi: Crystal image of four armed Vinayakar
26. Dundi Ganapathi – Four-armed image of Ganesha bearing a tusk, a garland, an axe and a gem studded vessel
27. Dwimukha Ganapathi – Red colored image of Ganesha with two faces and four arms
28. Trimukha Ganapathi – Red colored image of Ganesha with three faces and six arms seated on a golden lotus
29. Simha Ganapathi – White colored image of Ganesha with eight arms (with an arm bearing a lions face)
30. Yoga Ganapathi – Red colored image of Ganesha in the posture of a yogi
31.Durga Ganapathi – Red colored image of Ganesha with eight arms
32.Sankatahara Ganapathi – Red colored image of four armed Ganesha clothed in blue, seated on a lotus peetham with his consort to his left
Bala Ganapati – The beloved childThe elephant-faced child is depicted with four arms and is the color of the rays of the rising sun. He holds a banana, mango, jackfruit and sugarcane in his hands and his favourite sweet, the modaka, in his trunk.
Taruna Ganapati – The youthful GaneshaThe young Ganapati is shown as being red in colour like the noon-day sun. In his hands he holds a noose, an elephant goad, modaka sweet, wood-apple, rose-apple, his broken tusk, a sprig of paddy, and a sugar cane branch.
Bhakti Ganapati – God of devoteesDepicted as being of the colour of the full moon of autumn, in his hands a coconut, mango, banana, and a cup of payasam (milk-sweet).
Veera Ganapati – The valiant warriorIn this form Ganapati is shown with a red complexion, eight pairs of arms and a stern look. In his hands he holds a goblin, spear, bow, arrow, chakra (discus), sword, shield, large hammer, gada(mace), goad, noose, pick-axe, battle-axe, trident, serpent and banner.
Shaki Ganapati – The powerful oneHolding in one arm the green-coloured Shakti (power personified in female form), Shakti Ganapati is depicted as being the colour of the sky at sunset. He holds a noose, a garland of flowers and one hand in the abhaya mudra, offering blessing to his devotees. This form of Ganapati is part of Tantric worship.
Dwija Ganapati – The twice-bornFour-headed, like Brahma, he holds a book, rosary beads, kamandalu (vessel used during worship), and a danda (staff). He is the colour of the moon and wears lightning-like bangles on his arms.
Siddhi Ganapati – God of achievementOf the colour of golden yellow, he holds a mango fruit, stick of sugarcane, a bunch of flowers and an axe. In his trunk, the fifth hand, he holds a sweetened ball of sesame seeds.
Uchhishta Ganapati – A Tantric deityHolding Shakti (his female power) in one arm, in his remaining hands he holds a blue lotus, pomegranate, a sprig of paddy, veena (musical instrument), and prayer beads. He is depicted as being blue in colour.
Vighna Ganapati – Creator of obstacles for the evilOf golden hue, he is eight-armed and holds, like Vishnu, a shankha (conch) and chakra (discus). He also holds a sprig of flowers, sugarcane bow, flower arrow, axe, noose and garland.
Kshipra Ganapati – Quick-acting godHandsome of appearance and red in colour like the hibiscus flower, he holds his broken tusk, noose, goad and a sprig of the kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling) tree in his hands and ratnakumbha (pot of precious gems) in his trunk.
Heramba Ganapati – Protector of the weakWith five faces and the dark green colour, he rides a lion. Two of his hands are in the abhaya (protective) and varada (giving) postures. In his other hands he holds a noose, tusk, prayer beads, garland, axe, big hammer, modaka sweet and fruit.
Lakshmi Ganapati – Giver of successThe goddesses, Siddhi (achievement) and Buddhi (wisdom) in either lap hold blue lotuses in their hands. His one hand is in the varada (giving) posture, and in his other hands he has a noose, goad, parrot, a sprig of the kalpavriksha tree, kamandalu (prayer vessel), sword and pomegranate. In this form he is of pure white colour.
Maha Ganapati – The great oneWith a complexion like ripe paddy, he holds his shakti, who has a lotus in her hand, on his lap. He has three eyes and the crescent moon on his crown. He holds a pomegranate, gada (mace), sugarcane bow, chakra (discus), lotus, noose, blue lily, sprig of paddy, tusk, and pot of gems. This again is a Tantric form.
Vijaya Ganapati – The giver of successOf red complexion and riding a rodent, he holds a goad, noose, tusk and mango in his hands.
Nritya Ganapati – The happy dancerOf golden colour, Ganapati in this form dances under the kalpavriksha Tree. He wears rings on his fingers and holds a noose, goad, axe, tusk and sometimes a sweet cake in one of his hands.
Urdhva Ganapati – Tantric godHolding a green-complexioned goddess, he holds in his hands a blue flower, sprig of paddy, lotus, sugarcane bow, arrow and tusk. He himself is of golden colour.
Ekaakshara Ganapati – Of the single letter (Gam)Red in colour, clad in red silk, wearing a garland of red flowers and with the crescent moon on his crown, he is three-eyed with short arms and legs. He carries a pomegranate, noose and goad in his hands. His fourth hand is in the varada (wish-giving) pose. He sits in padmaasana (yogic lotus pose) and rides the mouse.
Vara Ganapati – The giver of boonsOf red complexion, he has three eyes and wears the crescent moon on his head. He holds the noose, goad, a dish of honey in his hands, and a pot of jewels in his trunk. In the Tantric representations of the deity, he is shown with a goddess on his lap.
Tryakshara Ganapati – Of the three letters AUM (OM)Of golden colour, he has fly whisks in his flapping ears. He holds a noose, goad, tusk, and mango fruit in his hands and a modaka sweet in his trunk.
Kshipra-Prasada Ganapati – Who rewards promptlyAdorned with ornaments and seated on a throne of kusha grass, in his form his huge abdomen stands out. He holds a noose, goad, lotus, pomegranate, tusk and a sprig of the kalpavriksha tree.
Haridra Ganapati – The golden oneYellow in colour with bright yellow raiments, he holds a noose, goad, tusk and modaka sweet in his hands.
Ekadanta Ganapati – Of the single tuskBlue in colour and with a huge abdomen, he holds in his hands an axe, rosary beads, laddu (a sweet) and his broken tusk.
Shrishti Ganapati – The creatorRiding a large rodent and of red complexion, he holds in his hands a noose, goad, tusk and mango.
Uddanda Ganapati – Punisher of evilThis Tantric deity carries on his lap his shakti (power) a green-coloured female form holding a lotus in her hand. In his ten hands he holds a pot of gems, lotus, blue water lily, gada (mace), sugarcane, sprig of paddy, noose, garland, pomegranate and tusk.
Runamochana Ganapati – Who releases humanity from bondageOf white crystal-like mien, he is clad in red silk garments. He holds a goad, noose, rose apple and his tusk in his hands.
Dhundhi Ganapati – Of KashiOften of sindura or red colour, he has prayer beads, his tusk, a ratnakumbha (pot of gems) and an axe in his hands.
Dwimukha Ganapati – The god of two facesBluish-green in colour, wearing red silk garments and a gem-studded crown, he holds in his four hands, a noose, goad, tusk and a pot of gems.
Trimukha Ganapati – The three-faced deitySeated in the middle of golden lotus seat with a complexion as red as the palasa flower, this form of Ganapati is shown with the left hand in an abhaya (protective) pose and the right in the varada (reward-giving) pose. He also holds a sharp goad, prayer beads, noose and pot of nectar.
Simha Ganapati – Riding a lionWith the lion as his vehicle, in this form Ganapati is white in colour and also holds a lion in one hand. In his other hands are a sprig of the wish-fulfilling tree, the veena (musical instrument), a lotus, a bunch of flowers and a pot of gems.
Yoga Ganapati – The great yogiHolding himself in a yogic stance, and bound in a yogic girdle, he is the colour of the easily morning sun and wears garments of the blue of Indra. In his hands he holds prayer beads, staff of the yogi, noose and sugarcane.
Durga Ganapati – The saviourOf a huge body and burnt-gold complexion, he holds prayer beads, an arrow, goad and tusk in his right hands and a noose, bow, flag, and rose apple fruit in his left. His garments are of red colour