Categories: Gods And Deities, Tantra Mantra Yantra and Vedic Tradition
But like all other deities, there is a tantric form of Lord Ganesh. He is called as the Uchchhishta Ganapati. Uchchhishta Ganapati is the primary deity of the Uchchhishta Ganapatya sect, one of six major schools of the Ganapatyas.
The word- Uchchhishta, refers to the food left over at the end of a ritual. In the tantric connotation, Uchchhishta is the food kept in the mouth and so is now mixed and ‘contaminated' with saliva. Typically, in the traditional viewpoint, such food would be considered impure and so would not be allowed.
But this is accepted in the left-handed tantric rituals, which utilizes forbidden ways to seek The Divine.
Uchchhishta Ganapati is usually shown to be of a darker complexion- sometimes with a reddish hue. True to typical tantric color symbolism, Uchchhishta Ganapati is also depicted in blue color.
Form and representation of Uchchhishta Ganapati- the Tantric form of Lord Ganesh