“What’s in a name?” Aha! What’s in 108 names?

K.R. DINAKAR forwards a timely forward that lists all the 108 names of Lord Ganesha, and their meanings.

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  • 1. Akhurath: One who has mouse as his charioteer
  • 2. Alampata: Ever eternal lord
  • 3. Amit: Incomparable lord
  • 4. Anantachidrupamayam: Infinite and consciousness personified
  • 5. Avaneesh: Lord of the whole world
  • 6. Avighna: Remover of obstacles
  • 7. Balaganapati: Beloved and lovable child
  • 8. Bhalchandra: Moon-crested lord
  • 9. Bheema: Huge and gigantic
  • 10. Bhupati: Lord of the gods
  • 11. Bhuvanpati: God of the gods
  • 12. Buddhinath: God of wisdom
  • 13. Budhipriya: Knowledge bestower
  • 14. Bhudhividhata: God of knowledge
  • 15. Chaturbhuj: One who has four arms
  • 16. Devadeva: Lord of all lords
  • 17. Devantakanashakarin: Destroyer of evils and asuras
  • 18. Devarata: One who accepts all gods
  • 19. Devendrashika: Protector of all gods
  • 20. Dharmik: One who gives charity
  • 21. Dhoomravarna: Smoke-hued lord
  • 22. Durja: Invincible lord
  • 23. Dvaimatura: One who has two mothers
  • 24. Ekaakshara: He of the single syllable
  • 25. Ekadanta: Single-tusked lord
  • 26. Ekadrishta: Single-tusked lord
  • 27. Eshanputra: Lord Shiva’s son
  • 28. Gadadhara: One who has the mace as his weapon
  • 29. Gajakarna: One who has eyes like an elephant
  • 30. Gajanana: Elephant-faced lord
  • 31. Gajananeti: Elephant-faced lord
  • 32. Gajavakra: Trunk of the elephant
  • 33. Gajavaktra: One who has mouth like an elephant
  • 34. Ganadhakshya: Lord of all Ganas (Gods)
  • 35. Ganadhyakshina: Leader of all the celestial bodies
  • 36. Ganapati: Lord of all Ganas (Gods)
  • 37. Gaurisuta: The son of Gauri (Parvati)
  • 38. Gunina: One who is the master of all virtues
  • 39. Haridra: One who is golden colored
  • 40. Heramba: Mother’s beloved son
  • 41. Kapila: Yellowish-brown coloured
  • 42. Kaveesha: Master of poets
  • 43. Krti: Lord of music
  • 44. Kripalu: Merciful lord
  • 45. Krishapingaksha: Yellowish-brown eyed
  • 46. Kshamakaram: The place of forgiveness
  • 47. Kshipra: One who is easy to appease
  • 48. Lambakarna: Large-eared lords
  • 49. Lambodara: The huge bellied lord
  • 50. Mahabala: Enormously strong lord
  • 51. Mahaganpati: Omnipotent and supreme lord
  • 52. Maheshwaram: Lord of the universe
  • 53. Mangalamurti: All auspicious lord
  • 54. Manomay: Winner of hearts
  • 55. Mrityunjaya: Conqueror of death
  • 56. Mundakarama: Abode of happiness
  • 57. Muktidaya: Bestower of eternal bliss
  • 58. Mushikvahana: One who has mouse as charioteer
  • 59. Nadapratithishta: One who appreciates and loves music
  • 60. Namasthetu: Vanquisher of all evils and vices and sins
  • 61. Nandana: Lord Shiva’s son
  • 62. Nideeshwaram: Giver of wealth and treasures
  • 63. Omkara: One who has the form of OM
  • 64. Pitambara: One who has yellow-colored body
  • 65. Pramoda: Lord of all abodes
  • 66. Prathameshwara: First among all
  • 67. Purush: The omnipotent personality
  • 68. Rakta: One who has red-colored body
  • 69. Rudrapriya: Beloved of lord Shiva
  • 70. Sarvadevatman: Acceptor of all celestial offerings
  • 71. Sarvasiddanta: Bestower of skills and wisdom
  • 72. Sarvatman: Protector of the universe
  • 73. Shambhavi: The son of Parvati
  • 74. Shashivarnam: One who has a moon like complexion
  • 75. Shoorpakarna: Large-eared lord
  • 76. Shuban: All auspicious lord
  • 77. Shubhagunakanan: One who is the master of all virtues
  • 78. Shweta: One who is as pure as the white colour
  • 79. Siddhidhata: Bestower of success and accomplishments
  • 80. Siddhipriya: Bestower of wishes and boons
  • 81. Siddhivinayak: Bestower of success
  • 82. Skandapurvaja: Elder brother of Skanda (Lord Kartik)
  • 83. Sumukha: Auspicious face
  • 84. Sureshwaram: Lord of all lords
  • 85. Swaroop: Lover of beauty
  • 86. Tarun: Ageless
  • 87. Uddanda: Nemesis of evils and vices
  • 88. Umaputra: The son of goddess Uma (Parvati)
  • 89. Vakratunda: Curved trunk lord
  • 90. Varaganapati: Bestower of boons
  • 91. Varaprada: Granter of wishes and boons
  • 92. Varadavinayaka: Bestower of success
  • 93. Veeraganapati: Heroic lord
  • 94. Vidyavaridhi: God of wisdom
  • 95. Vighnahara: Remover of obstacles
  • 96. Vignaharta: Demolisher of obstacles
  • 97. Vighnaraja: Lord of all hindrances
  • 98. Vighnarajendra: Lord of all obstacles
  • 99. Vighnavinashanaya: Destroyer of all obstacles and impediments
  • 100. Vigneshwara: Lord of all obstacles
  • 101. Vikat: Huge and gigantic
  • 102. Vinayaka: Lord of all
  • 103. Vishwamukha: Master of the universe
  • 104. Vishwaraja: King of the world
  • 105. Yagnakaya: Acceptor of all sacred and sacrificial offerings
  • 106. Yashaskaram: Bestower of fame and fortune
  • 107. Yashvasin: Beloved and ever popular lord
  • 108. Yogadhipa: The lord of meditation