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“लम्बोदरं श्यामात्मनं गणेशम्
कुतर्भिकीषु रजा मुडवन्थम
सलदुक्कम दंतमधा करभयम्
वामेतराभ्यम् च दध्यानिमेदे "
"Lambodaram Shyamatanum Ganesham
Kutaarbhikshus raja mudvahantham
Saladukkam Dantamadhaha Karabhyam
Vameteraabhyam Cha Dadhaanimeede "
Lambodhara is one of the many names of Lord Ganesha. The name Lambodhara means the pot-bellied one or someone with a huge belly. As described in the Mudgala Purana, Lord Ganesha took the avatar of Lambodhara to defeat Krodhasura, the demon of anger. The story of Lambodhara is closely linked with the Mohini avatar of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Once upon a time back, the Asuras and the Devas were involved in a battle for the Amrt(nectar) that appeared during the Samudra Manthan (churning of the sea). To rescue the Amrt from the Asuras, Lord Vishnu had taken the form of Mohini.
The Asuras were hypnotized by the sheer beauty of Mohini and this lack of attention or being in a lost stage was wisely used by the divine damsel who served all the Amrt to the Devas who became immortal due to this.
Lord Shiva got to know about Mohini heard stories of her beauty and desired to see her. The wait was getting longer and the time spent while waiting to see Mohini gave birth to a demon called Krodhasura who was the result of anger and impatience. Lord Ganesha appeared as Lambodhara to subdue Krodhasura.
Symbolically, all those who fail to control their anger should find solace by worshipping Lord Ganesha as only He can help us in controlling anger.
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