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What’s in a name?

“108 names of Lord Ganesha”


If there are corrections, please let me know. 🙂

I highlighted the ones I really like below:

Akhuratha – One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
Alampata – Ever Eternal Lord
Amit – Incomparable Lord
Anantachidrupamayam – Infinite and Consciousness Personified
Avaneesh – Lord of the whole World
Avighna – Remover of Obstacles
Balaganapati – Beloved and Lovable Child
Bhalchandra – Moon-Crested Lord
Bheema – Huge and Gigantic
Bhupati – Lord of the Gods
Bhuvanpati – God of the Gods
Buddhinath – God of Wisdom
Buddhipriya – Knowledge Bestower
Buddhividhata – God of Knowledge
Chaturbhuj – One who has Four Arms
Devadeva – Lord of All Lords
Devantakanashakarin – Destroyer of Evils and Asuras
Devavrata – One who accepts all Penances
Devendrashika – Protector of All Gods
Dharmik – One who gives help
Dhoomravarna – Smoke-Hued Lord
Durja – Invincible Lord
Dvaimatura – One who has two Mothers
Ekaakshara – He, of the Single Syllable
Ekadanta – Single-Tusked Lord
Ekadrishta – Single-Tusked Lord
Eshanputra – Lord Shiva’s Son
Gadadhara – One who has The Mace as His Weapon
Gajakarna – One who has Eyes like an Elephant
Gajanana – Elephant Faced Lord
Gajananeti – Elephant-Faced Lord
Gajavakra – Trunk of The Elephant
Gajavaktra – One who has Mouth like an Elephant
Ganadhakshya – Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
Ganadhyakshina – Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
Ganapati – Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
Gaurisuta – The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
Gunina – One who is The Master of All Virtues
Haridra – One who is Golden Coloured
Heramba – Mother’s Beloved Son
Kapila – Yellowish-Brown Coloured
Kaveesha – Master of Poets
Kirti – Lord of Music
Kripalu – Merciful Lord
Krishapingaksha – Yellowish-Brown Eyed
Kshamakaram – The Place of Forgiveness
Kshipra – One who is easy to Appease
Lambakarna – Large-Eared Lord
Mahabala – Enormously Strong Lord
Mahaganapati – Omnipotent and Supreme Lord
Maheshwaram – Lord of The Universe
Mangalamurti – All Auspicious Lord
Manomay – Winner of Hearts
Mrityuanjaya – Conqueror of Death
Mundakarama – Abode of Happiness
Muktidaya – Bestower of Eternal Bliss
Musikvahana – One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
Nadapratithishta – One who Appreciates and Loves Music
Namasthetu – Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
Nandana – Lord Shiva’s Son
Nideeshwaram – Giver of Wealth and Treasures
Omkara – One who has the Form of OM
Pitambara – One who has Yellow-Coloured Body
Pramoda – Lord of All Abodes
Prathameshwara – First among All
Purush – The Omnipotent Personality
Rakta – One who has Red-Coloured Body
Rudrapriya – Beloved of Lord Shiva
Sarvadevatman – Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
Sarvasiddhanta – Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
Sarvatman – Protector of the Universe
Shambhavi – The Son of Parvati
Shashivarnam – One who has a Moon like Complexion
Shoorpakarna – Large-Eared Lord
Shuban – All Auspicious Lord
Shubhagunakanan – One who is The Master of All Virtues
Shweta – One who is as Pure as the White Colour
Siddhidhata – Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
Siddhipriya – Bestower of Wishes and Boons
Siddhivinayaka – Bestower of Success
Skandapurvaja – Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik)
Sumukha – Auspicious Face
Sureshwaram – Lord of All Lords
Swaroop – Lover of Beauty
Tarun – Ageless
Uddanda – Nemesis of Evils and Vices
Umaputra – The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)
Vakratunda – Curved Trunk Lord
Varaganapati – Bestower of Boons
Varaprada – Granter of Wishes and Boons
Varadavinayaka – Bestower of Success
Veeraganapati – Heroic Lord
Vidyavaridhi – God of Wisdom
Vighnahara – Remover of Obstacles
Vignaharta – Demolisher of Obstacles
Vighnaraja – Lord of All Hindrances
Vighnarajendra – Lord of All Obstacles
Vighnavinashanaya – Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
Vigneshwara – Lord of All Obstacles
Vikat – Huge and Gigantic
Vinayaka – Lord of All
Vishwamukha – Master of The Universe
Vishwaraja – King of The World
Yagnakaya – Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrificial Offerings
Yashaskaram – Bestower of Fame and Fortune
Yashvasin – Beloved and Ever Popular Lord
Yogadhipa – The Lord of Meditation

in case of emergency

Wow, so the storms I anticipated last week were much, much worse than I could have imagined. The good news is that I’m still standing (barely). I’m exhausted, frustrated, and questioning a lot of things. This is what I learned in a very short amount of time and hope others can benefit from knowing about as well:

1. If you have elderly parents, get legal paperwork taken care of NOW. Please don’t wait for an emergency to try to file necessary documents. If you reside in the United States especially, research and process as many forms as you can (e.g., different kinds of power of attorney, insurance, prescriptions, list of doctors, medical history, ID stuff like social security numbers and passport information, etc.) and make photocopies.  Store said photocopies in more than one location.

2. Learn the foreign language and jargon of the medical community depending on your parents’ health conditions. For example, I am learning how to pronounce and remember various terms related to hypertension and muscle matters.

3. Get a second or third or even fourth medical opinion if necessary.

4. Document, document, document. Thankfully I was keeping track of different things in an Excel spreadsheet, so whenever some official couldn’t or wouldn’t remember, tried to deny something, or attempted to give wrong information, I had my notes handy to argue.

5. Sweet talk as needed. Be careful about choosing which battles you take on and when. Sometimes you have to use the “carrot” and sometimes you have to use the “stick” (of assertiveness), so to speak.

6. Be you. My best friend assured me that it is okay to feel whatever I’m feeling and act however I act because I need to be me if I’m going to make it.

7. It really does take a village. Don’t be shy about asking friends, colleagues, and strangers for help. This was very hard for me to do, but I seriously would not have survived last week had it not been for their kindnesses and assistance.

8. Focus on dignity. The elderly deserve to be treated with respect; do what you can – no matter how small – to try to provide, restore, or maintain dignity.

9. Relish in small victories. My mom stood up from her wheelchair to a walker for 10 seconds. We’ll take it!

10. Keep the faith. Most hours that’s all that can really be done, and that’s alright.


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