Shakti Ganapati is a concept wherein Ganesha is accompanied along with Shakti.

There are some modern temples especially in Southern India, which attribute Shakti as wife of Ganapati.

Even, the deity has Shakti (sitting on the left thigh of Vinayaka, i.e. Vama bhaga, which is normally attributed to place where wife is associated).

So, is there any proof in the Puranas regarding Shakti to be consort of Ganapati or Ganesha?

  • Shakti Ganapaty is one of the 16 forms of Ganapaty each one of whom is supposed to "rule" one of the 16 tithis.Shakti Ganapaty rules,for example, the panchami tithi.It does not connect Ganapty to Shakti like the way u are thinking.The 2nd answer is correct.
    – Rickross
    Nov 12, 2016 at 16:22

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The only thing I could find is this excerpt from the Narada Purana, which gives the Ganesha Gayatri Mantra along with the associated Dhyana Shloka for Ganesha:

I meditate upon the deity who resembles the rising sun, who is the cause of maintenance and dissolution of the world. He is accompanied with Shakti, well-adorned and has lifted up chakra (discus) and tooth (danta).

This should be taken with a grain of salt though, because the Narada Purana is considered to have a lot of interpolations, and because references to Ganesha in ancient Hindu scripture are few and far between, since he only rose to popularity later on.

In any case, I doubt that this Shakti is Parvati; it may just be the Shakti or energy of Ganesha.

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    So, worship of Ganesa, with Shakti sitting on this left thigh is valid. Because, there are many creating temples for Shakti (parvati) sitting on left thigh (which means she is his wife) in some parts of South India...Height of blasphemy...
    – user808
    Aug 26, 2015 at 14:56
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    @Krishna I doubt it's Parvati sitting on his thigh. It may just be his own Shakti or energy. Aug 26, 2015 at 14:57
  • So, how do you say so? So, same should be logic used for Lakshmi Ganapati also.
    – user808
    Aug 26, 2015 at 14:59
  • Normally, Siddhi and buddhi are considered consorts or shakti of Ganesa. But, in south India of late they have started new deities like Shakti Ganapati and Lakshmi Ganapati, confusing gullible people
    – user808
    Aug 26, 2015 at 15:00
  • @Krishna Well, Shakti Ganapati at least seems to have a basis in the Narada Purana. I doubt Lakshmi Ganapati has any scriptural basis. Aug 26, 2015 at 15:00

there are 112 forms of ganapati...each with different attribute....shakti ganapati is one of the 32 forms of ganesha....here shakti is shakti of ganesha which is maya shakti ( hreem) represented as beejakshara in shakti ganesha mantra....she is not parvathi....in laksmi ganapati form the lakshmi is not mahalakshmi.., instead she is siddha laksmi( another name vallabha ), siddha lakshmi is mayashakti of mahaganapati( vallabha ganapati)....the term shakti refers to any goddess according to mantra shastra...shakti can be lakshmi, or bhuvaneswari or saraswathi or any goddess....in temples idols are installed with elaborative rituals based on agama sastras...even small mistake will not occur...there are hundreds of books there which speak volumes about these rituals and upasana


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