Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah

Last Updated: October 26, 2018

Definition - What does Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah mean?

Om gum Ganapatayei namah is a Sanskrit mantra that is typically translated as “salutations to the remover of obstacles.” It is one of many mantras chanted to the Hindu god, Ganesh, who is also known as Ganapati or Ganapatayei and is recognizable by his elephant's head. He is, as the mantra suggests, the remover of obstacles who brings success, but he is also the god of beginnings and is associated with arts and sciences, knowledge and wisdom.

A mantra is a practice that yogis use to focus concentration on one thought and/or still the mind in meditation. This mantra to Ganesh can be chanted silently or aloud. It is believed that the power of these words and sounds aid the yogi in his/her spiritual progression.

Yogapedia explains Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah

Each word in this mantra to Ganesh has specific significance:

  • Om is a spiritual sound representing the universe or Brahman, the essence of all creation. It is typically recited at the beginning and end of all Hindu prayers and is frequently chanted during yoga practice.
  • Gum is the sound representing the energy of Ganesh himself. It is his bija (seed syllable) mantra.
  • Ganapatayei, another name for Ganesh, is the formal Sanskrit pronunciation of the god's name.
  • Namah is difficult to translate literally, but its meanings include “it is not mine” and “in your essence, we bow to you.”
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