Maha Ganesha Pancharatnam is a stotra composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya on God Ganesha, the elder son of God Shiva. The meaning of this stotra clearly explains the qualities and nature of God Ganesha along with the benefits of praying him.
Pancharatnam means five jewels. The composer, Guru Sri Adi Shankaracharya had praised the God Ganesha by presenting these five stanzas as five jewels, hence the name Maha Ganesha Pancharatnam.
The last part of this stotra explains the phalastuti or the benefits of reading, where it was explained that whoever recites the ganesha pancharatnam will be bestowed with good health, wealth, and knowledge. Also reciting this stotram helps oneself to overcome the obstacles by the grace of God Ganesha.
Ganesha Pancharatnam- Lyrics and Meaning
Mudaakaraatha modakam Sadaavimukthi saadhakam
Kalaadaraava tamsakam Vilaasiloka rakshakam
Anaayakaika nayakam Vinaasithebha dhaithyakam
Nathaashubhaashu nasakam Namamitham Vinayakam (1)
(I salute God Vinayaka/Ganesh) The one who joyfully holds sweet modaka in his hand and who always gives salvation to his devotees.
The one who wears the moon as an ornament and the protector of all the worlds.
The one who acts as a guide/leader to the destitute or helpless people, the destroyer of the demons.
The one who removes the bad and inauspicious things in one’s lives, I bow to you, the God Vinayaka.
Nathetharathi bhikaram Navodhitharka bhaaswaram
Namatsurari nirjaram Nathadhikapa duddharam
Sureshwaram Nidhishwaram Gajeshwaram Ganeshwaram
Maheshwaramtha Maasraye Parathparam niramtaram (2)
(I bow to the God Ganesha), The one who induces fear to the people with dishonest and arrogance, the one who shines like a rising sun.
I pray to the one who destroys the enemies of the gods and who frees and uplift his devotees from the obstacles.
O’ Ganesha, the leader of gods (Suras), the leader of wealth, the elephant-faced god and the Chief of celestial attendants (Ganas).
The one who is like God Maheswara and always offers protection to the devotees who approached him.
Samasthaloka shankaram Nirastha daithya kunjaram
Daretaro-daramvaram Varebha vakthramaksharam
Krupakaram kshamakaram mudaakaram yashaskaram
Manaskaram Namaskrutham Namaskaromi bhaswaram (3)
I bow to the God Ganesha, who gives auspiciousness to all the worlds, the destroyer of demons who are like the musth elephant.
The one who has a big stomach that signifies space and prosperity. Who gives great boons and the elephant-faced god.
The one who showers the grace, the forgiver of mistakes, The god of happiness and the who gives glory to his devotees.
The one who gives good thoughts to the devotees. I bow to you, the god with shining form.
Akimchanarthi maarjanam Chiranthanokthi bhaajanam
Puraaripoorva nandanam Suraarigarva charvanam
Prapanchanaasha bheeshanam Dhanamjayaadi Bhushanam
Kapoladaana vaaranam Bhajepuraana vaaranam (4)
I bow to the God Ganesh, who removes the sufferings of the destitute or helpless, who is praised in the ancient texts and sayings.
The elder son of the Shiva (Purari)- the destroyer of Tripura’s, The destroyer of the pride of the demons.
The one who uses his powers during the great dissolution (Pralaya), adorned with gods like Agni as his ornaments.
The one whose cheeks flows downs the fluid of grace like the elephant, I adore you the primordial or ancient elephant-headed god.
Nitaamtakanta dhantakaanti Mamtakaanta kaathmajam
Achimthyaroopa mantaheena Mantaraaya krumtanam
Hrudamtarae niramtaram Vasanthameva yoginaam
Tamekadanta maevatam Vichimtayami samtatam (5)
The one who is bright with glittering tusk, the son of the god (Shiva) who killed Yama.
The one who’s true form was unimaginable, The eternal one, the remover of obstacles.
The god who lives in the hearts of yogi’s always.
I meditate on the deity with a single tusk and the remover of obstacles.
Phalastuti- Benefits of reading Ganesha Pancharatna
Maha ganesha Pancharatna Maadarena Yoanvaham
Prajalpati prabhatake Hrudhismaran ganeshwaram
Arogatama dhoshatam Susahitheem suputratham
Samahitayu rashtabhuthi Mabhyupaiti soachiraath
One who reads Maha Ganesha pancharatnam with devotion every day and
Recites this in the morning keeping God Ganesha in the heart
will be granted good Health, blamelessness or life without faults, good skills, and education, good children
along with a complete life with all the eight wealth’s (Asthaiwaryas).