With axe, and deer in hands, the Pure one, with hanging down right leg, to the left with folded leg, Three eyed, decorated with matted hair, blessing the king of obstacles who is to the left by placing the hand on his head with love, smearing (the ash as)three stripes, to that vighna prasAda, salutations.
vighnEsha anugrahar : Blessing the god of obstacles (bhOga mUrti)
vighnEsha is the form of knowledge of the Lord. His majestic elephant form shows the greatness of the knowledge. For doing the shiva pUja or any austerities, knowledge is required. So first vighnEsha is prayed to remove our ignorance and any other disturbances, and give us the knowledge for praying the Lord. Lord Shiva gave vighnEshawhen the gods and devotees prayed Him for the removal of any hurdles, that occur when they worship.(There are many other purANAs about vignEsha's appearance). Praying the vighnEshAnugrahar will remove the hurdles.