Prayer to Lord Gaņēśa

भूनायकं वा धननायकं वा

भजन्भुवं वा धनमेति लोके।

तद्विघ्ननाथम भजामि किन्तु

सहस्रशस्तं प्रणमामि नित्य्म्

Bhoonāyakam vā dhananāyakam vā Bhajam bhuvam vā dhanamēti lōkē |

Tadvighņanātham na bhajāmi kintu Sahasraśastam praņamāmi nityam||

In this world, people pray a landlord if land is needed, a rich man if money is needed; that is why I do not pray the Lord of Obstacles (vighnanātha); But I always bow to him a million times always (so that he may not come in my way!).

Manńgaļēśa is known to be a humorous and at times angry poet. This is how he prays Lord Gaņēśa in the beginning of his main work Samāsakuśumāvaļl (A bouquet of Compound Words)