Eight Famous Avatars of Lord Ganesha

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Vakratunda

Vakratunda, the first avatar, is the avatar of Ganesha who defeated demon Matsarasura. Matsarasura was a jealous demon, so, by destroying the demon, Lord Ganesha emerged victorious over the power of jealousy. In this avatar, Ganesha has a twisted trunk and is seated on a lion. Image source: lh5.googleusercontent.com

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Ekadanta

Ekadanta, the second avatar, means single tusk. Lord Ganesha has a single tusk and thus he is also known as Ekadanta. It is believed that Ganesha came into this avatar to kill the demon of arrogance—Madasura. Image source: googleusercontent.com

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Mahodara

Mohasura, the demon of delusion and confusion was destroyed by the third avatar of Ganesha called Mohadura. Image source: ganeshblog.com

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Gajanana

Gajanana is the fourth avatar of lord Ganesha. He has an elephant face and is known to destroy the demon Lobhasura, who was the demon of greed. Image source: shopping.rediff.com

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Lambhodara

Lambhodara, the fifth avatar of Ganesha, is known for his fat belly and for the victory over the demon Krodha, who was the demon of anger. Image source: 2.bp.blogspot.com

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Vikata

The sixth avatar of Ganesha is Vikata emerging victorious over Kamasura, who was the demon of lust. Image source: jaipur.click.in

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Vighnaraja

In his seventh avatar, Lord Ganesha rides a sheshnaag and is known to destroy Mamtasur – the demon of ego. Image source: 2.imimg.com

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Dhoomravarna

Dhoomravarna, the eight avatar, was attained on defeating Ahamkarasur, who was the demon of self-infatuation. Image source: lh6.ggpht.com

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