Bala Ganapathi is one of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha – the most popular Hindu God worshipped in India. Bala Ganapati is the child like form of Lord Ganesh and is depicted with four hands - on the lower right hand with mango, on the upper right hand with banana, on the lower left hand with jackfruit and on the upper left hand with sugarcane. On Bala Ganesha’s trunk has his favorite sweet “Modaka”. General posture of Bala Ganesha is depicted as sitting, however there are also posture of crawling and sleeping Bala Ganapati. The color associated with Bala Ganapati is of the rising sun in red color that represents the agriculture bounty of the earth.
There are 5 forms of Ganapati in primordial elements - Bala Ganapati element is Earth (Prithvi), which signifies the abundance and fertility of the Earth. Offering prayer to Bala Ganapati helps to be pleasant improving health and also good for the growth of children in intelligence and to get rid of bad habits.
Bala Ganapathi Temples in India
Thillai Ganapati in Sri Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram Tamil Nadu, is one of the oldest and most famous Bala Ganapati Temples in India. Also temples in Chamarajanagar and Nanjangud in Mysore district, Karnataka has 32 forms of Ganapati sculptures.
Bala Ganapati Mantra
“Karasthe kadali choothapana sekshookmodakam bala suryamimam vande devam balaganaadeepam”
English Translation of Ganesh Mantra
“I salute Lord Bala Ganapathi adorned with a garland of tender flowers, having plantain, mango, jack fruit, sugarcane and sweets in His hands and who is effulgent like the rising sun.”