Ganesh Mangalacharan

In Ganesha Mangalacharana, the dancer first starts with a short salutation to Lord Jagannatha, the presiding God of Orissa. The dancer then salutes Ganesha. It is interesting to note that in the shlokaSanskrit verse consisting of two sixteen-syllable lines of two eight-syllable padas each, Ganesha is called an expert in dance like his father Shiva. Here is the entire hymn invoking blessings of Lord Ganesha:

नमामि विघ्नराज त्वम् कल्पवृक्ष स्थल स्थितं उमा पुत्रं महाकायं दन्तिकं नृत्य कोविदं ताण्डव प्रिय पुत्राय ताण्डव प्रिय रूपिणं नमो चिन्तामणि नित्यं शुद्ध बुद्धि प्रदायकम

namAmi vighna rAja tvam

kalpa vriksha sthala- sthitam

umA putram maha-kAyam

dantikam nritya kOvidam

tANDava priya putrAya

tANDava priya rUpiNam

namO chintA-maNi

nityam shuddha buddhi pradAyakam

Here is an attempted translation (by Sujata Mohapatra) so that you can appreciate the dance mudras (gestures).

I salute you, Vighnaraja (Ganesha) , who resides where the Kalpavriksha (boon giving tree) is. Who is the son of Uma (Shakti), who has an immense body, who is tusked, who is a skilled dancer, son of the One who loves the Tandava dance (Shiva), who is a form of Shiva. Salutations always to you, the boon-bestowing gem, who blesses us with a clear intellect.

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