Vakra Tunda (Invocation of Lord Ganesh)

Vakratunda Mahakaya
Surya Koti Samaprabha
Neervignum Kurume Deva
Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada

O Lord Ganesha possessing a large body
curved trunk, with the brilliance
of a million suns, please make all
my work free of obstacles—always.

About this prayer

This invocation prayer is often sung at the start of a satsang (gathering of devotees), kirtan session, or yagna (spiritual lectures and discourses). Lord Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles which is why we invoke this potential in us at the start of any auspicious event. In creating this environment in our mind, we aim to avoid being disturbed by aches or discomfort of the body, or the irrelevant distractions of the mind. We aim, like an elephant, to listen well to others, and to remember everything that we can apply in our lives.

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