Shukalmbaradharam – sanskrit sloka on lord Ganesh with meaning

This is a prayer offered to lord Ganesh to remove all obstacles from the path to success in the task/goal we are about to start / pursuing. This is prayed before starting any new work. This is very important prayer for Hindus.

Shuklambaradharam Vishnum
Shashi Varnam Chaturbhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyayet
Sarva Vighnopashantaye

शुक्लाम्बरधरम् विष्णुम्
शशि वर्णम् चतुर्भुजम्
प्रसन्न वदनम् ध्यायेत्
सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये

Word to Word Meaning:Shukla = white; Ambara = cloth or sky; Dharam = wearing; Vishnum = pervading or omnipresent; Shashi = moon; Varnam = color; Chatur = four; Bhujam = shoulder; Prasanna = smiling or pleasant; Vadanam = face; Dhyayet = I meditate upon; Sarva = all; Vighna = obstacle or hindrance or block; Upashantaye = remove or abate or pacify.
Meaning :
I meditate upon the Lord Ganesha who is clad in white garment (dhoti), who is pervading, who is as bright colored as Moon, who has a smiling face, having four shoulders (or hands), and who is the remover of obstacles.

Note: The word ‘Vishnum’ is not meant for lord vishnu. vishnum in this sloka means pervading.

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