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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. Aug 25 '17 at 2:53
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    Can you link to the articles you're referring to? Aug 25 '17 at 4:13
  • Gaṇapati has been referenced even in the Rigvēda that Gautama Buddha likely studied when he was young. Various names such as vighnaharta and dukhharta are taken from the principles of Buddhism what does that even mean? Oct 18 at 6:00
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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.

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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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