Heramba Ganapathi – A Powerful Form with Five Heads That Represent Five Supreme Gods
‘He’ signifies weak and ‘ramba’ means helpless, so the lord is the guardian of the weak and downtrodden. Heramba Ganapati has a unique form with five elephant heads and ten hands, seated on a lion. The five heads face various directions, four are pointed towards each of the directions like north, south, east and west, while the fifth faces the sky. The faces represent Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, Goddess Shakti and Lord Surya. He is regarded as the embodiment of five Ganapathis namely – Maha Ganapathi, Siddhi Ganapathi, Shakthi Ganapathi, Vidhya Ganapathi, and Moksha Ganapathi. All five elements like air, water, sky, earth and ether are said to have emanated from Him. He is the supreme force who performs the five-fold acts of nature such as creation, sustenance, destruction, disappearance and granting divine grace. He also removes obstacles, gives confidence and knowledge to the weak to achieve their task.