The following Sloka(in bold ) is probably the most popular among all Ganapaty Slokas

"Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Surya Koti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva sarva Karyesu Sarvada".

Meaning:O Lord Ganesha, of curved trunk, large body and with the Brilliance of a Million Suns, please make all my works free from obstacles, always.

Question-Which scripture contains this Shloka?

  • @AnilKumar If its a Vedic hymn can you say which part of Vedas contains this verse?.You can post as an answer.
    – Rickross
    Mar 22, 2016 at 6:29
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    I feel it may be the Mudgal Purana though I am not able to confirm since i haven't got my hands on the text till now. But it appears to be the first text that mentions the VAKRATUNDA roop of Lord Ganesh - Check this - The 32 incarnations of Ganesh from Mudgal Purana so the probability is high. Jul 24, 2017 at 14:26

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I found the Vakratunda incarnation in Mudgal Brahmana but not the mantra. The closest I could come to this mantra is the following line from the Mahaganapati Shastranam Stotra from the Rudrayamala Tantra that contains the first sentence:

Verse 99

vakratuṇḍo mahākāyaḥ koṭisūryasamaprabhaḥ ।
ekadaṃṣṭraḥ kṛṣṇapiṅgo vikaṭo dhūmravarṇakaḥ ॥ 99॥

Here's the link to the text - mahAgaNapatisahasranAmastotra. The entire hymn I couldn't find anywhere so this is the closest I could get.

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    Good amount of research. Jul 25, 2017 at 15:27
  • Thanks @RakeshJoshi yes this one was quite tough to find! Jul 25, 2017 at 16:43
  • 'The entire hymn I couldn't find anywhere so this is the closest.' should be rephrased to 'The entire hymn I couldn't find anywhere and this is the closest I could find.' I don't think you went through the entirety of Hindu scriptures available currently in order to reach the decision right? Please do state if that's the case :) Jul 26, 2017 at 0:23
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    @user1952500 well I am sure that's impossible for anyone to do but I did check all Ganpati related scriptures especially the ones that feature the word 'Vakratunda' :) Jul 26, 2017 at 4:56
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    @user1952500 yes but now that you have pout so much stress on it I am curious to know if the entire verse does exist anywhere in its entirety in any scripture. The second line of the mantra - 'nirvighnam kuru me dev' could actually be a vandana or a prayer added to the first line of this verse. Jul 26, 2017 at 5:02

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