The Ganesh Atharvashirsha is a sanskrit spiritual-religious text that is dedicated in the praise of Lord Ganesha. It is a very old hindu text that finds its association with the Atharvaveda. It's one of the short upanishads in the hindu scriptures and considers Lord Ganesha as param-brahma or the supreme God. It is believed that the Path was written by Atharva Rishi after he had Ganesh Darshan. Ganesh Atharvashirsha is also known as Ganapati Atharvashirsha or Ganesh Atharva Path.
In the hindu scriptures and mythology, Lord Ganesha is considered as the God of wisdom. Worshipping him before any new work is considered auspicious and fruitful. Atharvashirsha is a text in praise of Lord Ganesha, considering him above all. Ganesha is also considered as the first god. He is required to be pleased with prayers and offerings, if one wants to conduct or begin something without hassles. Ganesh Atharvashirsha is a notch further in this light. There are various versions of Ganesh Atharvashirsha, but the message in all of them remains the same, i.e., hailing the supremacy of Ganesha over other Gods and Goddesses.
In hinduism, it is believed that reciting Ganesh Atharvashirsha every day in the morning after taking a bath and every night before going to sleep, can do wonders which nobody can imagine. It is widely believed that students must recite the Ganesh Atharva Path for improving their concentration and focus toward studies. Since, the path is in sanskrit, so if one finds it difficult to recite, then must listen to it every day and every night.
Following is the complete Ganesh Atharva Path in english with meanings, which one can recite with ease, for seeking blessings of Lord Ganesha and for boosting up the levels of concentration:-
Om Namaste Ganpataye
Tvameva Pratyaksham Tatvamasi Tvamev Kevalam Kartasi Tvamev Kevalam Dhartasi
Tvamev Kevlam Hartasi Tvamev Sarvam Khalvidam Bramhasi Tvam Sakshadatmasi Nityam || 1 ||
O Lord Ganesha
I Pay my deep homage to you, the Lord of the Deva-Gana. You are the first face of the Brahma-Tatva to arise.
You have alone created this entire universe. You alone can maintain this universe
You are indeed the all conquering supreme Lord. Indeed you are the "ATMA" || 1 ||
Rritam Vachmi Satyam Vachmi || 2 ||
Speak noble fact. Speak complete Truth || 2 ||
Ava tvam Mam Ava Vaktaram Ava Shrotaram Ava Dataram
Ava Dhataram Avanuchanamv Shishyam
Ava Paschatat Ava Purastat Avo Uttaratat Ava Dakshinatat
Ava chordhvatat Ava Dharatat
Sarvatomam Pahi Pahi Samantat || 3 ||
Protect me. Protect the one who describes you.
Protect all who hear about your characteristics. Protect me & the disciples who are under Tutelage.
Protect me from the obstacles (which arise during Rituals), From the east (Similarly),
Protect me from the West, From the North, From the South,
Protect me from above & below, Protect me from all directions. || 3 ||
Tvam Vangmayastvam Chinmaya Tvam Anandmaya Tvam Brahma Maya
Tvam Sachitananda Dvitiyosi Tvam Pratyaksham Bramhasi
Tvam Jnanmayo Vijnanamayo Asi || 4 ||
You are the constituent of speech. You are Joy & Immortal Consciousness.
You are Truth, Mind & Bliss... one without a second. You are none other than divinity.
You are Knowledge of Gross & Subtle types. || 4 ||
Sarvam Jagadidam Tatvo Jayate Sarvam Jagadidam Tvat Sti Shastati
Sarvam Jagadidam Tvay Layamesyati Sarvam Jagadidam Tvayi Pratyeti
Tvam Bhumi Rapo Nalo Nilo Nabha Tvam Chatvarim Vak Padaini || 5 ||
All the Universes manifest due to you. All the Universes are sustained by you.
All the Universes get destroyed in you. All the Universes finally get merged in you.
You alone are Earth, Water, Fire and Air. You are the four types of speech & the root source of sound. || 5 ||
Tvam Guna Traya Atitaha Tvam Deha Treya Atitaha
Tvam Kala Treya Atitaha Tvam Avastreya Atitaha
Tvam Muladhar Stiti Yosi Nityam Tvam Shakti Treya Atmakaha
Tvam Yogino Dhyayanti Nityam
Tvam Bramhastvan, Vishnustvam, Rudrastvam, Indrastvam Agnistvam, Vayustvam, Suryastvam, Chndramastvam, Bramha Bhur Bhuva Svorom || 6 ||
You are beyond the three 'GUNAS', (Satva; Pure, Rajas: Activating & Tamas: Dull); You are beyond the three bodies; (Gross, Subtle & Casual);
You are beyond Past, Present & Future (3 State of Time); You are beyond 3 states of being; (Awake, dream & Deep Sleep);
You always Reside in the "MULADHARA" Chakra.
You are the trinity of Power; (Creative Maintaining & Destructive Powers); Sages always Meditate on you.
You are the creator, sustainer, destroyer, the Lord of three worlds, Fire, Air, Sun, Moon. You are all inclusive & all Pervading. || 6 ||
Ganadim Purvamuccharaya Varnadim Tada Nantaram
Anusvara Paratarah Ardhendu Lasitam Taren Hridam
Etatva Manu Svarupam Gakarah Purva Rupam
Akaro Madhyam Rupam Anu Svaraschantya Rupam
Bindu Ruta Rupam Nadah Sandhanam
Sagm Hitaa Sandihi Sesha Ganeshvidhya
Ganal Rishi; Nichrud Gayatri chandah Ganpatir devata
Om 'GUNG' Ganpataye Namah || 7 ||
After Describing the Characteristics & Cosmic Attributes Of Lord Ganesha, Atharvan Rishi Gives us the Sacred "GANESH VIDYA" i.e. the Mantra which Reveals the Sacred Form of Lord Ganesh. The Letter "GA" is to be enunciated, followed by "NA" This one word Mantra is then Potentiated with the "PRANAVA" "OM". This is Sacred Mantra. "GA" is the first part, "Na" is the middle & end "UM" formed by the bindu is conjoined with the foregoing & all of them form the Sacred word. This Mantra if pronounced properly, has the power of revealing The Divine Lord Ganesh, The sage who receives the Mantra is Ganaka & the Metre is "NICHARAT GAYATRI" The Deity is Ganapati. Om 'GANG' Ganapati My salutation to you || 7 ||
Saying Thus, The Devotees should bow to the Lord.
Ek Dantaya Vid Mahe vakraTundaya Dhimahi
Tanno danti Prachodayat || 8 ||
Meditate on the single Tusked Lord, with bent Trunk. May He Grant Knowledge & Inspire me. || 8 ||
Ek Dantam Chatur Hastam Pashmam Kusha Dharinam
Radamch Vardam Hastair Bhi Bhranum Mushaka Dhvajam
Raktam Lambodaram Shoorpakarnkam Rakta Vasasamam
Raktam Gandhanu Liptangam Rakta Pushpaihi saupujitam
Bhaktanu Kampinam Devam Jagat Karnam Achutam
Avir Bhutam Cha Shrasta Yadao, Prakruthe Purushat Param
Evam Dhayayati Yo Nityam, Sa Yogi Yoginam Varah || 9 ||
The "SAGUNA" Form of Lord Ganesha is presented in the above shloka, I salute the Lord with one tusk and hands;
Upper Right carrying binding rope; Upper left holding goad; lower left carrying Broken tusk & the lower right blesses us, the mouse on his banner is also his vehicle.
He is blood red in colour; Pot-Bellied; He has elephant ears & wears red clothes. He is smeared with red sandalwood & decorated with red flowers
He is eternally blessings his devotees & was existing before Cosmos. He is beyond "PRAKRITI" & "PURUSHA" & is ever creating universes.
One who meditates on him constantly, is a Supreme Yogi. || 9 ||
(This is the Ganesh "Gayatri", Which is Self Sufficient).
Namo Vrat Pataye, Namo Ganapataye
Namo Pramatha patye, Namste Stu Lambodaraya Ekdantaya, Vighna Nashine Shiv Sutaya, Sri Varad Murtiye Namo Namah || 10 ||
Salutations to you Lord of all Deities, Ganas & all beings
(Salutations To) The Post-Bellied one with one Tusk who destroys all obstacles, son of Shiva. The Divine Lord who grants, Boons (We bow to you) Taking your name || 10 ||