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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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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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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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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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Is Ucchista ganapati mentioned in puranas?

Is Ucchista ganapati mentioned in Puranas? Is the story of Ucchista ganapati mentioned in scriptures?
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Which scripture mentions the verse "Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge" used by RSS?

The verse "Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge" means " Unity is strength in Kali Yuga". It's mostly used by RSS(which is also known as Sangha) and other Sangh Parivar organizations ...
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Is there any mention of Ganesha in the Vedas? [duplicate]

Ganesha is a important hindu deity. Is there any mention of Ganesha in the Vedas?
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Logical explanation for Lord Ganesha with Elephant head

I was wondering what is the logic of behind behaving and acting as a human with Lord Ganesha's Elephant head. Because the identity and memories of a creature in this earth is stored in their brains. ...
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Are Shiva, Parvati, and their children, the only Gods who dwell on Earth?

I was referring to Mount Kailasha. Among the Trimurti, Vishnu, along with Lakshmi, and Brahma, along with Sarasvati, appear to dwell in other realms. So do the other Gods.
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Ganapati Gayatri Mantra | In which Shastra it is contained this mantra and who wrote it firstly?

This very mantra for Shree Ganesha Who wrote it for first? Which Shastra- Veda or others- contain that? Dhanyawaad Thank you https://www.thedivineindia.com/ganpati-gayatri-mantra/5889
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Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya age difference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kartikeya How many years age difference was between Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya? Thanks & Regards, Prashant S Akerkar
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Did deva Ganesha ever manifest himself in front of any devotee?

I have traveled across to many states in India, but I have never heard of a place where a pandit or purohit or local villagers would say, "here is the place where lord Ganesha" manifested in ...
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Does any scripture recommend Tulasi leaves in Ganesha Puja on Ganesha Chaturthi?

As per this post, Tulasi is included in leaves to be offered to Ganesha on Ganesha Chaturthi. But, Tulasi is prohibited in Ganesha puja on normal days. Is there any scriptural basis which allows ...
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Why is Lord Ganesha's birth celebrated on Chaturthi (Tithi) instead of on a star?

There is a system in Hindu tradition that birthday will be celebrated pertaining to the star on that day. Thiruvonam is the star for Lord Vishnu; Moolam for Hanuman; etc. Then for Lord Ganesha why ...
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shree ganaadheesha stotram

It is possible to have a translation of this Stotram ? In the menu on the top right there many variants but of course is not translated, only translitterated.
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Where can I find the Sanskrit work "Jnyana Bhagwat" attributed to Mareechi

In the Vinayaka Rahasyam Volume IV Part B there is a mention of Jnyana Bhagwat having been told by Mareechi the mind son of Brahma to Mudgal Mahamuni.
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How many incarnations are there of Lord Ganesh? [duplicate]

Lord Ganesh is known to be the first worshipped God. Somewhere I have heard that he was present before the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in some form or incarnation. I want to know how ...
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How are Lord Ganesh and Aditi related?

How are Lord Ganesh and Aditi the mother of Devas related? Aditi is the mother of Indra and wife of Rishi Kashyap. What relation does she possess with Lord Ganesh?
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Was baby head and elephant's body joined after Lord Ganesha was created by Shiva?

This video from a movie where he explains that baby head and elephant body was joined to form a God called Hanesha, is this story true? Video Link regarding God Hanesha from a movie Is this story ...
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Ganesha Idol Position

I read on the internet that the best position to place The Lord, Ganesha , is at Northeast direction of the house. I found this in other scriptures. Can someone tells me the meaning? Normally Shiva is ...
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What was the age of Lord Ganesha when he wrote Mahabharata?

In which year was load Ganesha was born? What was the age of Lord Ganesha when he wrote Mahabharata?
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Which Puranas describe Ganesha pacing around a piece of ground with the name of Rama scratched on it?

Tulsidas in the Bala Kanda of His Ramcharitmanas writes: I greet the name "Rama" of the chief of Raghus, which is composed of seed-letters representing the fire-god, the sun-god and the moon-god (...
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What Kavacha's are being read in the attached video by Sachidananda swamy?

Namaste! Does any of you know which Ganesha Kavacham is being read by Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamy in his Kavacha Manjari? I found the Shiva Kavacham on sanskritdocuments.org but I'm unable to ...
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Paying respects to Lord Ganesha

I try to repeat the shloka in the rhythm of my breath and I find that always saying "om ganeshaya namaha" before the shloka breaks the rhythm.
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If durva is not available then what can be offered to Ganesh ji as a substitute?

Its difficult to get durva by me so what else can be offered to Ganesh ji, instead of durva.
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Confusion on Ucchista Ganesh appearance

Many pics show Ucchista Ganesh with Devi and many in dancing form. What is the correct form of Ucchista Ganesh? What is the most basic mantra for chanting?
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Can someone give more information regarding Heramba Ganapati?

There is only one shloka mentioning Heramba Ganapati. Are there several shlokas for Heramba Ganapati? Also does anyone have a correct image of Heramba Ganapati which matches the correct description? ...
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Does epic like Mahabharata mention about Lord Shiva's personal life events?

Does it mention about - 1. Marriage of Shiva & Parvati 2. Birth of Kartikeya & Ganesha 3. Consuming poison during churning of ocean 4. Birth of Andhaka Or some other ...
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What should be the daily schedule of a student preparing for an exam, according to Vedas and our ancient teachings? [closed]

I'm preparing for an exam and my mother told me that I should wake up at 3.30 in morning and chant this shloka and start studying कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः करमध्ये सरस्वती । करमूले स्थिता गौरी मंगलं ...
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Does Ganesh has all eight siddhis?

I saw in a television series that Ganesha has all 8 siddhis. I am aware how unreliable tv is. So my question is: is Hanuman the only one who possesses all 8 siddhis?
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Should Ganesh idol not be taken on Tuesday after the Ganesh festival and put it in water in a temple?

Ganesh chaturthi festival happened on 2nd September and it is considered that at 9th day one should take his idol and put in water in a temple. 9th day being Tuesday today, can we do this process? ...
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What is Ganesh Chaturthi/ Ganesh Utsav idol worship size according to shastra and Dharma

In my Marathi state we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi as a Ganesh utsav for ten days and bring clay idol from market on the first day and make visarjan on 10th day. My question is, what is the right size ...
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What scriptures describe juice coming from Ganesha's cheeks covering Kailash?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is a play by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. At one point in the play, a king goes around the world in a Vimana looking for a good place to meditate. He ...
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The name of Ganesha's mouse

What is the name of Ganesha's mouse? I have heard that it is called Mushaka which is the sanskrit word for mouse (as a species) itself. Is there any other name mentioned about the specific mouse that ...
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Why is Shiva, Hanuman, Gayatri are shown with 5 heads, but not Vishnu or Durga?

Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha and Gayatri deities are shown with 5 heads in idols but not Vishnu or Durga? What's the reason for this?
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Where do I find the authentic information about Ganesha Yantra?

I wish to learn about Ganesha Yantra but unable to find any details other than Ucchishta Ganapati Yantra. What is the authentic Tantra text that discusses Ganesha Yantra and its worship particualrly ...
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Who is teacher of Lord Ganesha?

It has been observed that great deities have greater teachers (gurus). For Example, Lord Sun is teacher of Lord Hanuman. Similarly, I am curious to know that who is teacher/ are teachers of Lord ...
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About UcchistaGanapathi and why its regarded as highest Ganesha form

I have heard about the UcchistaGanapathi mantras, and why this form of Lord Ganapathi is regarded as highest and more Tantric. However, am not sure whether its regarded as highest! (saw in one ...
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Which scripture contains the event of Shiva beheading Vinayaka?

Consider the sequence of events : Parvati making Vinayaka, Vinayaka disallowing Shiva, Shiva beheading Vinayaka, Shiva joining Elephant's head on Vinayaka's body, etc., Which scripture contains this ...
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Mool mantra Vs Astothram

Usually we chant ashtotram.during functions like Vinayak charthurthi, saraswathi Pooja etc , but recently my in laws were there during Vinayak charthurthi and he was of the opinion that ganaoathi ...
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