Shuklambaradaram Manthra-What does it meaN
Before we start any ritual we recite the prayer:-
Shuklambaradaram Vishnum Sasi Varnam Chathurbujam,
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyayeth , sarva Vigna upasanthaye.
The smarthas consider it as prayer addressed to Lord Ganesa , the remover of obstacles
And translate it thus:-
I meditate on the cheerful faced god who is the remover of all obstacles,
Who is clad in white silk, who is peaceful, who is moon coloured and has four hands.
(Lord Ganesha also wears yellow silk and is supposed to have five hands- his tusk is considered as one hand . He is supposed to be red coloured)
The Vaishnavites consider that it is a prayer addressed to Lord Vishnu and translate it as follows:-
I meditate on Lord Vishnu wearing silk white cloths, who is of colour of moon,
Who has four hands and has pleasant face and pray to him to remove all obstacles on my way.
(Please note Lord Vishnu wears yellow silk (Peetambaram) )
Maha Periyava gave a humorous explanation to this (https://rajathathablog.blogspot.com/2017/02/shuklambaradaram-humorous-explanation.html)
White (milk) and black (decoction) mixed
Will become coffee of the colour of moon,
And when Wife holding the cup in 2 hands
Hands it over to husband , who receives it with two hands(4 hands)
Imaging this scene, your face become pleased,
And once you take it, all problems would get solved.