Lord Ganesha is one of the most prominent deities in Hinduism. Ganesha has the unique distinction that his name is always invoked before any other God's name in any prayer service. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is designated as the chief (-eesha) of all of Lord Shiva's ganas (servers) - hence his name, Ganesha.

We begin with an invocation to Lord Ganesha - he of the single tusk, whose vehicle is the mouse and he who penned the Mahabharata with his own hands.

Lord Ganesha in Divine form

vakratunda mahaakaaya suryakoti samaprabhaa.
nirvighnam kurumedeva sarvakaaryeshu sarvadaa..

vakratunda 
mantra in sanskrit

Salutations to the supreme Lord Ganesha, whose curved trunk (vakra-tunda) and massive body (maha-kaayaa) shines like a million suns (surya-koti) and showers his blessings on everyone (sama-prabhaa). Oh my lord of lords Ganesha (kurume-deva), kindly remove all obstacles (nir-vighnam), always (sarva-) and forever (sarvadaa-) from all my activities and endeavors (sarva-kaaryeshu).
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This is an extract of the invocation to Lord Ganesha from a track on the Chants of India CD by Ravi Shankar.
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Prayer for Prosperity to Lord Ganesha (Shubh Laabh Mantra)

AUM shrIm gam saubhaagya ga~Npataye
varvard sarvajanm me.n vaShamaanya namH

shubh laabh or prosperity 
mantra in sanskrit

The prayer for prosperity is based on the word, gam, which is the beej (seed) mantra for Lord Ganesha. We ask for good fortune (sau-bhaagya) and many blessings and wishes (var-vard) for our current and future life-times (sarva-janam-me.n). We bow in homage (namH) to Lord Ganesha who protects us with long lives (avaShamaanya) of health and happiness. A concise form of this mantra, suitable for multiple rapid repetitions is simply - "AUM gam ga~Npataye namH" - (ॐ गम गणपतये नम:)

Download the Shubh Laabh Ganesha Mantra audio mp3 (200K)
This is a beautiful rendition of the short version of the Shubh Laabh Mantra in mp3 format by Pandit Jasraaj.

Ganesha Gayatri Mantras

The Ganesha Gayatris are prayers to Lord Ganesha that are composed in the 24-syllable meter of the original Gayatri Mantra. Several variations of the Gayatri can be composed by invoking the various descriptive names of Ganesha in the appropriate place(s) of the original mantra.

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