Ganesha Shodasha Nama Stotram is one of the most popular stotras of Lord Ganesha. It is mentioned in the 24th Prakarana of the Upasana Khanda of the Ganesha Purana which is exclusively devoted to the elephant faced deity. The devotees of Ganesha recite the stotram daily to achieve the blessings of the Lord and gain success and prosperity.
Shodasha Ganapathi Stotram or Ganesha Shodasha nama stotram is a prayer to 16 forms of Lord Ganesha. This stotra explains that worshiping Lord Ganesha prior to any auspicious program and ritual would not get any obstacles and if any occurs that will be destroyed by the blessings of Lord Ganesha and the program accomplishes with all success.
Sumukhaschaikadanthascha, Kapilo Gaja Karnika,
Lambhodarascha Vikato Vignarajo Vinayaka.,
Pleasant faced god,
God with one tusk,
God who is reddish black,
God with an elephant ears,
God with a very broad paunch,
God who is cruel to his enemies,
God who is the remover of obstacles,
God who is the leader of those who removes obstacles.
Dhoomakethurganadhyaksha Phalachandro Gajanana,
Vakra Thunda Soorpakarno Herambha Skanda poorvaja.,
God who is the colour of smoke,
God who is president of an army,
God who has crescent in his forehead,
God who walks like an elephant,
God who has a broken tusk,
God who has very broad ears,
God who stays close to Lord Shiva,
God who is elder brother of Subrahmanya.
Shodasaithani namani ya padeth srunuyadhapi,
Vidhyarambhe vivahe cha pravese, nirgame thadha,
Sangrame sarvakarye cha vigna sthasya na jayathe.,
One who reads, hears are remembers these sixteen names,
During the commencement of education,
During the marriage ceremony,
During the commencement or coming back from a journey,
During war or for that matter during any matter,
Will not face any difficulties and will attain victory.
It is believed that any one who chants or hears the Ganesha Shodasa Nama Stotram and remembers the names of Ganesha, then he could achieve all the accomplishments in his life. This is mainly chanted when we start any new journey, coming from, commencement of new works, Starting of education, during troubles and we achieve success with all the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
Sarvejanaa Sukhino Bhavanthu