Jai jai jai vandan bhuvan,
Glory be to You, Shri Ganesh Ji. You are Gauri's son and the destroyer of all pain, suffering and difficulties. Hey Ganesh Ji, beautiful son of Shri Shiva Ji, glory be to you.
Jayati Shambhu-sut Gauri Nandan,
Victory on to you son of Shambhu (Lord Shiva) and Gauri. You are the remover of worries and destroyer of all fear. Victory is yours in all righteous battles for the safety and happiness of all. You are the destroyer of ignorance and the giver of knowledge.
Ek radan gaj badan birajat,
On your shoulders you carry a head with one tooth and huge tusk. The three markings adds grace to your forehead, charming warriors, mankind and even saints.
Ur mani-mal saroruh lochan,
Wearing a garland of jewels, your eyes are like full blown lotus flowers and your head adorned with a jewelled crown. You, Shri Ganesh Ji free your devotees from stress and worries. You wield a sacred axe and trident in your hands your favourites are sweet ladoos ... (delicacy) ... and sweet scented flowers.
Sundar pitambar tan sajit,
Dressed in yellow silk and wearing jewel studded wooden sandals, Hey Shri Ganesh Ji, giver of peace and happiness to the world; You are the son of Shiva and Gauri and brother to Kartikeya. You are Great.
Riddhi Siddhi tava chanvar sudharahin,
Riddhi (prosperity) and Siddhi (accomplishment) serve you by waving chanvar (fan) while your mushak (mouse) vahan (vehicle) adds splendour at the door. As for the mysterious and strange story of your birth, who can really describe your greatness?
Ek asur Shiv-rup banavai,
A demon, disguised as Shiva, repeatedly tried to delude Gauri Mataa, who in order to foil the demon's attempts, moulded, You, a divine form from the scurf of her body.
So nij sut kari grih-rakhvare,
Gauri Mataa then assigned you to protect the home and stationed you at the door and when Shiva .. her husband ... came, he was not recognised and was not allowed to enter.
Puchhyo Shiv ho kinke lala
Shiva asked, "whose son are you?" and you pleasantly replied: "I am Gauri's son. Do not take even a single step beyond this point towards the house."
Avahin matu bujhi tab jao,
You asked Shiva to wait there "until you obtained your mother's permission" instead of prolonging "talk" with "a child", but Shiva attempted to enter and you challenged him.
Tathshan nahi kachhu Shambhu vicharyo,
At that moment Shiva did not give a second thought and hurled his trishul .. trident .. at you, severing your head which soared into the sky and disappeared.
Gayo Shambhu jab bhavan manjhari,
Shiva then entered and therein saw Gauri .. daughter of the Mountain King, Himalaya ... seated. Shiva smilingly asked: "Hey Sati, tell me, how did you give birth to your son?"
Khulige bhed katha suni sari,
At this stage, hey Shri Ganesh Ji, the story of your birth unfolded and Gauri learnt of what had happened to you. Your mother became distraught and fell to the ground. "You did not do good," Gauri told Shiva and let him know that he should "go and bring my son's head from wherever you find it."
Chalyo Vishnu sang Shiv vigyani,
Knowledgeable in all skills, Shiva accompanied by Vishnu searched for the head in vain and eventually, they brought the head of a baby elephant and placing it on your body, blew life into it.
Shri Ganesh Shiv nam dharayo,
Shiva Ji named you Shri Ganesha and blessed you with immortality, knowledge and wisdom. Shiva Ji also pronounced that You are the first among those who are worshipped and You remove all obstacles and bring joy and enhance the intellect.
Prathamahin nam let tav joi,
Hey Shri Ganesh Ji, whosoever takes thy name before embarking on a mission achieves success. Those who meditate on You enjoys happiness and peace and security, for without your blessing there is no success.
Tumharahin shap bhayo jag ankit,
It was your sraap .. curse .. that cause the moon's face to be tarnished with the black reflection of the earth on the 4th day of the bright half of Bhadrapada (Bhado) so that none dare to look at it. And when Shiva Ji wanted to test your intellegence, he asked you to go around the earth.
Satmukh chalyo mayur udai,
Your brother, Sadmukha ... Kartikeya ... jumped on his peacock and went to fly around the earth, You, hey Shri Ganesh Ji wrote Rama's name ... RAM ... on the ground and meditating upon Rama circumambulated ... went around ... the name written on the ground.
Shri pitu-matu-charan dhari linhyo,
Further, hey Shri Ganesh Ji you with utmost devotion grasped the feet of your parents ... Gauri and Shiva ... and circumambulated them seven times, thereby achieving the blessing equal to circumambulating the earth and so pleased were the gods that they showered flowers upon you.
Sundar Das' das ram ke chera,
Sundardasa, a devotee of Rama while he staying in Durvasa's hermitage, composed this Shri Ganesh Chalisa just as the Rishis that composed the Shiva Poorana.
Nitya Gajanan jo gun gavat,
Those who daily recite this Chalisa will enjoy intelligence and bliss. Shri Ganesh Ji is the bestower of wealth, progeny and happiness and every auspicious object upon his devotees.
Shri Ganesh yah chalisa, path karai dhari dhyan,
Those who meditate upon Shri Ganesh Ji and recite the verses of the Chalisa will be blessed and honoured.
Jai Shri Ganesh !
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