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Ganesha is the elephant headed god and the elder son of Lord Shiva. He was created by Goddess Parvati to guard her place.

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Why is worshipping multiple idols/symbols of certain deities forbidden in the Narada Purana?

The Narada Purana (I.67.120) says- शंखचक्रशिलालिंगविघ्नसूर्यद्वयं तथा ।। ६७-१२० ।। शक्तित्रयं न चैकत्र पूजयेद्दुःखकारणम् ।। One must not perform simultaneous worship of Two Sankha Chakras or (...
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Is Ganesha ever worshiped by Madhura bhava?

I've come across information on madhura bhava for both Vishnu (in the form of Krishna) and Shiva (in the form of Bhikshatana). But I was curious if Ganesha is ever worshiped this way? I know there is ...
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What is Vinayaka Rahasyam? Where can I find it? Is it a part of Mudgala Purana?

Where can I find Vinayaka Rahasyam?
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Are Kalki and Ganesha Puranas authentic?

There are some issues in Kalki & Ganesha Puranas. Because, Kalki Purana mentioned past tences while Kalki is yet to appear and Ganesha Purana mentioned that Lord Ganesha will end Kali Yuga. So, my ...
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What is the significance of 2 ganesha in this below picture?

Found this picture online, why there are two Ganesha in the below picture?
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Is Adhyanta Prabhu mentioned in any scriptures?

In the picture given below, Ganesha and Hanuman fused into a unique form, Adhyanta Prabhu. I want to know about this form. So, my question is, Do any scriptures mentions this form?
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Dasam Granth being offensive on Hindu Gods

I came across a post about Dasam Granth saying the following: I do not seek the blessings of Ganesh, I do not worship Krishna or Vishnu. I do not recognize them. I am engrossed in the loving devotion ...
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What Tattva is Ganesha

So, I come from an Iyer background, but during my scriptural study and even before I felt inclined towards Vishnu worship. While I do worship Bhagavan Maha Vishnu as the supreme being. I still wish to ...
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Should I do Japa to Ganesh first before any God?

I know Ganesh should be worshipped first before anyone during puja, but i have heard this about auspicious activities as well. So i am curious if I should also do this before Japa?
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Which deity is associated with knowledge, intelligence ,omniscience ,intellect all at once?

We know that Rama devotee Hanuman is the bestower of knowledge, Maa Saraswati is the bestower of literature, Maa Durga and lord Shiva as the bestower of omniscience and omnipotence and Lord Ganesha as ...
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About Ganesha's wife, Pushti

In this chapter of Devi Bhagavata Purana, it mentioned Ganesha's another wife, Pushti:- O Child! As Lakṣmī Devī is of Nārāyaṇa, as Rādhikā is of Kṛṣṇa; as is My Sāvītrī, as Bhava’s is Bhavānī, as ...
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Ganesha naam japa / mantra for sankalpa?

I have a question in my mind and I am planning to do a 10 day sankalpa meditation on Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles from my mind. Please recommend a simple naam japa or a basic mantra. I am ...
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Citation request for Ganesha's dhyana sloka

Recently I came across these statues of Gaṇeśa currently held in museums overseas. Statue 1 Statue 2 Statue 3 All of these statues were found in the northern parts of undivided Bengal, date around the ...
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Where do the scriptures mention Ashtvinayak temples?

Ashtvinayak are eight holy self made (Swayambhu) idols of Lord Ganesh. All of them are in Maharashtra, namely Chintamani, Siddhivinayak, Vigneshwar, Ballaleshwar, Varad vinayaq, Mahaganpati, ...
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Scriptural source for Ganesha's vahana 'Dinka'

Before today, I only knew two names for Ganesha's vahana: 'Mooshika' 'Krouncha' But then I learned of another name for that mouse, Dinka. Searching google for dinka ganesha offers 7 lakh + results, ...
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Which scripture says Ganesa should be invoked at the beginning of any undertaking? [duplicate]

Also, are there examples of undertakings failing because Ganesa was not invoked at the beginning?
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Where does the story of Ganesha taking the form of a crow come from?

There is a story about Lord Ganesha taking the form of a crow that I've seen in many places online. Here is Indian Time Zone's version: By this time, Sage Agastya had traveled to the Kodagu mountains ...
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Are there multiple versions of how Ganesa got an elephant head?

In addition to the main version (Siva cutting off his head) Bard AI says Another story says that Ganesha was born with an elephant head. This story is often told to explain why Ganesha is associated ...
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Where to buy figurines where pranapratishtha was performed?

I was thinking of performing pranapratishtha for some statuettes (Shree Ganesha and Saraswati) but I learned that it is only for trained priests to do this practice, so I would like to buy them. Do ...
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What happened to Lord Ganesha's original head?

The story of Lord Ganesha getting an elephant head is well known. I am interested in knowing what happened to the original head. According to this site, the head is in a cave: The head is in a cave ...
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How to use Durva grass in Shree Ganesha's puja?

I am preparing for Chaturthi this year, I would like to improve the puja to Shree Ganesha, I came to know that Ganesha likes Druva grass, but I didn't know how to use it. I thought you were supposed ...
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Is the vahana (mount) of Lord Ganesha a shrew or a mouse?

Is the vahana (mount) of Lord Ganesha a shrew or a mouse? The internet is ambiguous about this. Some sources say that mooshika is a shrew 1 while others say that it is a mouse 2; both of which are ...
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Who has written Mahabharat?

Mahabharat that we read starts with the arrival of Ugrshava who tells the story to some Brahmins. It is also told that the story was told to Janmayjey by Vaishampayana. It is also written that ...
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Are lord Ganpati and lord maha ganpati the same or different

As per my knowledge lord Ganesh is son of Lord Shivshankar Sambhu and mata Parvati. I asked my question to a Pandit Ji near me, He suggested me that, there are two Ganapati so both are different and ...
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Understanding Vinayaka Chaviti pooja

Every year I perform Vinayaka Chaviti Pooja (Ganesh Chaturthi), I always wanted to understand the mantras or words we use in pooja. I searched over the internet but did not get any results. I am ...
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English translation of Ganesh purana

I'm looking to read Ganesh Puran. what is the best-unabridged copy I can get? if I could get a link or author name. it would be much appreciated.
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To whom does the sloka "Shuklam Baradharam Vishnum, Shashi Varnam Chaturbhujam" refer?

Does the sloka mean Lord Vishnu or Ganesh ji?
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Why do people do tap the sides of their head when chanting suklambaradharam vishnum?

At the start of most poojas, I've seen the sloka "śuklāmbaradharam viṣnum..." being chanted with the hands tapping the sides of the head. Some books specify that the sides of the head to be ...
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What are the sources relating Uchchhishta Ganapati?

I want to know the sources where I can learn more about worshipping and doing sadhana of Uchchhishta Ganapati?
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Ganesh Visharjana in South India

Is the tradition of Ganesh visharajana observed in South India and not in North India? Are there any puranic references to this?
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Is there any mention of Ganesh Chaturthi in the Puranas or the Itihasas?

It is a well known fact that Ganesh Chaturthi's public celebration was initiated by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Pune in the year 1893. I would like to know whether there is any mention of the festival in ...
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Why Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated during rainy season?

I know Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrated with huge idols etc. So why choosing rainy season which will be problematic while celebrating?
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Ganesha Chathurthi in Bhadrapad or Magha month?

Someone today told me that Ganesha chathurthi, birthday of Ganesha, is not in Bhadrapada month but in Magha. What does Puranas say about Ganesha's birth (or the day He was made the lord of Ganas) ...
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Ashtavinayaka locations names significance

Ashtavinayaka What is the significance of the eight Ashtavinayak locations names ? Example : Morgaon, Pali, Rangangaon, Theur etc
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Any Sanskrit verses that explicitly states that Ganesha, Surya and Hanumana grants Moksha?

As per various texts, Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti have been told capable of granting Moksha. Surya and Ganesha are part of the panchayatana smarta deities, in addition to the above three. So along with them ...
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Does the Gāṇapatyas (गाणपत्य) and the Sauras (सौर) have any dedicated sectarian Tilaka?

Each sect/subsect within Hinduism has its own dedicated 'sectarian holy markings" known as Tilaka (तिलक). For Instance: The Śaivaites (शैव) - the worshippers of god Śiva as the Supreme, wears ...
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Before Shiva-Parvati vivah, the Ganapati who was worshipped as per RCM wasn't Ganesha but 'Karviraksha'. Any scriptural reference?

Kindly give any scriptural reference from puranas, agamas, nigama, etc. only. RCM = Ramacharitamanasa.
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Who framed/derived the concept of namavali from sahasranama stotra? Is there any reference in vedas that namavali can be used for Sahasranama stotra?

When there is a sahasranama stotra, why namavali is inferred from it? Did any sages refer to use namavali from sahas stotra in any spiritual texts? Is it because of the pujas in temples, where the ...
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Which direction should the chanter face while chanting ganesha slokas? Is there any directions mentioned specific in vedas/puranas for lord ganesha?

Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha? In the above link, it is mentioned south, please clarify
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Ganesh idol not disolving in water, next course of action

We had made small Ganesha idol from modeling clay (we are based outside India). We did the visarjana pooja and immersed the idol in a steel container containing water. Later I realized that the idol ...
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Does Ganesha have two mothers?

In Ashtottara Shatanaamavali given here, the 5th name is 'द्वैमातुराय' (dvaimāturāya - ie one having two mothers). One mother of Ganapati is Parvati and I am wondering then why he is called द्वैमातुरा...
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Ganesha is son of Parvati or Sati

Ganesha is considered son of Parvati. However in Sankastahara Chaturthi vrata Katha it says Ganesha instructed his "mother" Parvati (daughter of Himavat), while doing her penance, to perform ...
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Ganpati Pujan in Ramacharitamanas during Shiv-Parvati Vivah [duplicate]

There is a doha in Ramacharitmanas in Baal Kaand during Shiv-Parvati Vivah मुनि अनुसासन गणपतिही, पूजेऊ सम्भू-भावनि| कोउ सुनि संसाय करई जनि, सुर अनादि जिय जानि|| But Ganpati was the son of Shiv and ...
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What is Gauri (Gowri) Ganesh?

It is usually celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikipedia states below This festival celebrates the goddess Gowri or Gauri, (also known as Parvati) who is venerated as the mother of Lord ...
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In which war related to Bhuvaneswari or Lalitha, devas did not respond?

I heard the following story related to either Bhuvaneswari devi or Lalitha devi. In a war between devas and asuras, devas and asuras started fighting each other. Asuras applied some weapon on the ...
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Why do Ganesha temples house doves/pigeons?

Many temples in South India dedicated to Ganapati maintain dovecotes. For instance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ocltmUtEw https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g304556-d3268808-r151055818-...
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Eco-friendly Ganesha idol?

Is it okay to have an eco-friendly Ganesha idol at home at this Ganesha Chaturthi? My mom says, as per Hindu parampara kumbhar (potters) and carpenters make the idols and we shouldn't make it. Also, ...
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When there is an avatar of Goddess Parvati holding Lord Kartikeya called Skandmata, why is there no avatar of Goddess Parvati holding Lord Ganesh?

Goddess Durga's fifth form is called Skandmata, and she holds Lord Kartikeya. However, despite the many stories of Goddess and her love for Lord Ganesh, there is no avatar of her holding Lord Ganesh. ...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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What are the different types of vighnas discussed in our puranas?

What are the different types of vighnas (obstacles) discussed in our puranas from which lord Vighneshwara will protect us if we worship him?
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