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Is Ganesha created based on Gautama Buddha? I have read in many articles from several social platforms that the concept of Ganesha is derived from Buddhism.

Various names such as vighnaharta and dukhharta are taken from the principles of Buddhism, not sure about the authenticity of such articles, just curious if someone could shed some light on this.

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  • @rajiv What?! Nope. – user1195 Aug 25 '17 at 2:45
  • Gautam buddha was born in 6th century B.C. The question which you are asking is suggesting that Ganpati was born after that. I don't think so. you can refer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha. – Praveen Gaikwad Aug 25 '17 at 2:53
  • Can you link to the articles you're referring to? – Keshav Srinivasan Aug 25 '17 at 4:13
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Similarities of names is generally insufficient to draw a conclusion as such; especially because there are no significant similarities between Buddha and Ganesha.

For instance, the name Ganapati occurs in rigveda 2.23.1 and is also used to refer to Indra at other places. Additionally, Indra is known for slaying Vritra or "obstacle", so Indra and Ganesha share similar titles. However I personally believe that Indra and Ganesha are same (on theological grounds, as covered in works of Madhusudana Ojha)

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    Similarly as per Kapali Shastry, Brahmanaspati and Ganapati denote the same deities in the Vedas. – Rickross Aug 26 '17 at 5:57

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