By Swami Harshananda
Ekākṣara-Gaṇapati literally means ‘Gaṇapati indicated by one letter’.
Gaṇapati or Gaṇeśa, the elephant faced deity, is one of the most popular deities. His bījākṣara is ‘gain’. The form of Gaṇapati which is associated with this letter is to be meditated upon while repeating it. It is called ‘Ekāksara-Gaṇapati’.
It is one of the eight famous aspects recommended for attaining siddhis or supernatural powers. Ekākṣara-Gaṇapati is described as stout and dwarfish. He is red in color and seated in padmāsana or lotus posture. In iconographical representation, his hand holds:
This form is specially worshiped to attain happiness in life.
- Bījākṣara is the seed-letter containing his power and essence.
- Varada posture denotes bestowing boons.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore