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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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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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What is the meaning of Tamil saying “Begin with Ganesa and end up with Anjaneya”

Wiki page on Panchmukhi Hanuman says that there is Tamil saying "Begin with Ganesa and end up with Anjaneya". Can someone please explain what is the meaning of this?
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What are the different stories in different scriptures regarding birth and loss off head of Lord Vinayaka? [closed]

I heard that different Puranas have different stories regarding how Vinayaka was born and lost his head and how he gained a new head. I'd like to know the names of the Purnas that describe these ...
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Shri Ganesha's cloth color

In the 'Ganapati Atharva Sheersha', these shlokas describe him as -- एकदन्तं चतुर्हस्तं पाशमङ्कुशधारिणम् । रदं च वरदं हस्तैर्बिभ्राणं मूषकध्वजम् ॥ रक्तं लम्बोदरं शूर्पकर्णकं रक्तवाससम् । ...
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Importance of Bhairav in Kul

Kuldevi is considered to be important in day to day worship. Also, heard about Kul-Bhairav, shankar and ganesh specific to the particular Kul along with Kuldevi. What is significance of the ...
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Ganapati Shodasa Nama Stotram source

Sumukhaschaikadanthascha, Kapilo Gaja Karnika, Lambhodarascha Vikato Vignarajo Vinayaka Dhoomakethurganadhyaksha Phalachandro Gajanana, Vakra Thunda Soorpakarno Herambha Skanda poorvaja ...
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Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? and why could not he save his own son (Ganesha) from curse? [duplicate]

Kashyapa cursed Shiva: "Just as you pierced my son's chest with a trident, your son's head will be chopped off one day," said Kashyapa. My question is, Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? ...
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Krishna and Ganesha activities

Is there any scripture in which Krishna and Ganesha are performing super-heroic activities together as duo ?
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Who is Gajasura whose head is attached to Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular story on how Ganesha got an elephant head. There was an ardent devotee called Gajasura. He does severe penance Lord Shiva beheads Lord Ganesha who was guarding the entrance of ...
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What is Gaṇeśa's birth name? [duplicate]

Gaṇeśa or gaṇapati means "lord or leader of the gaṇas" where gaṇa means "flock, troop, multitude, tribe." This means that Gaṇeśa is a title and not his name. When Parvati create him, wasn't he given a ...
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What mantras are given in Vinayaka samhita of sama Veda?

According to this page, vinayaka samhita of sama Veda glorifies Ganesha. what 4 hymns are present in the following samhita?
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Who is the Lord of Obstacles - Vighnaraj?

The Markandeya Purana mentions the following story about Harishchandra's tryst with Brahmarishi Vishwamitra in the forest: In Treta Yug, there was a king named Harishchandra. Once he was hunting in ...
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Have the nayanar shaiva saints of Tamil nadu wrote poems on lord shiva's sons?

Is there mention of Lord ganesha in the poems of nayanars? I know that shankaracharya wrote ganesha bhujangam and ganesh panchratna but have nayanars wrote about family of Lord shiva?
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Where do Baudhyana dharma sutras mention Ganapati?

According to Wikipedia article on Kartikeya- While the Baudhayana Dharmasutra mentions a householder's rite of passage that involves prayers to Skanda with his brother Ganapati (Ganesha) together. ...
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In any of the works of Adi Shankaracharya is it mentioned that any deity apart from Sriman Narayana to be supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara?

I have mainly seen Adi Shankaracharya calling Narayana to be the only supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara whereas his followers i.e. Smarthas believe that Adi Shankaracharya saw Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, Surya, ...
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is the tradition of invoking Ganesa at the beginning of pujas and undertakings in real life known in North India also?

sects that reject Siva and deities related to him are excluded of course. The serial on Ganesa running right now says Siva's first attempt to fight the tripurasuras failed because he didn't invoke ...
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Is Lord Ganesha considered same as the ultimate truth and reality (Brahman)?

Many Texts associate OM with cosmic creation and that OM is everything. Ganesha is associated with OM and hence known as oṃkārasvarūpa (Aum is his form). The Ganapati Atharvashirsa states that Lord ...
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Which scriptures mention Kartikeya as the elder brother of Ganesha?

This Answer mention Ganesha as the elder brother of Kartikeya. But most of the North Indians believe that Kartikeya is elder. So, is there any scripture which mention Kartikeya as the elder brother of ...
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English translation of Ganesh Sahasranam

Any interpretation and translation available in English for Ganesh sahasranam as in the ganesha purana? Wikipedia mentions of a khadyota commentary by bhaskaraya on the sahasranama. Is there an ...
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Can I still get 'Vinayaka Vijayam' by LIFCO somewhere in TamilNadu?

Long time ago (20 yrs ago) I used to have a copy of a book called 'Vinayaka Vijayam'. It is a Tamil book, which I believe is from LIFCO publications. The book had wonderful, unknown and elaborate ...
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What is Sri Ganesh Gita?

Like we have Lord Krishna's Bhagavad Gita, did Lord Ganesha also give a teaching of Gita? If yes, to whom? It is said that both Bhagavad Gita and Ganesh Gita are the same, with the only difference ...
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Why and when is Lord Ganesha worshiped with his wives?

Why would people possibly worship Ganesha with his wives:- Siddhi, Buddhi and Riddhi?
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What is the legend behind Siddhivinayak? [duplicate]

The Siddhivinayak temple at Siddatek, is one of the Ashtavinayak temples. The linked wikipedia page mentions that God Vishnu is supposed to have vanquished the asuras Madhu and Kaitabh after ...
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Is mudgal puran with english translation available? [duplicate]

Mudgal puran is often quoted for iconic representations of lord Ganesha. Somewhere i rememeber reading that Ganesha puran and Mudgal puran are 2 important sacred texts for Ganapatyas. Ganesha puran ...
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Which puranas contain the story of the contest between Ganesha and Kartikeya for vighnadhipatyam?

One of the famous stories associated with Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya is their competition between them for the leadership over the Ganas and obstacles. This story is also a part of the Vinayaka ...
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Who are some great devotees of Lord Ganesha from the scriptures?

I am looking for the names of some Lord Ganesha devotees.Those names have to be mentioned in the scriptures. In scriptures (like the PurAnas) we often find such names. For example, PrahlAda was a ...
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Ganesha's broken tusk. Is it the right or left one [duplicate]

Is it the left tusk of Lord Ganesha, or could it be the right one instead. I have seen statues in which it is the right tusk the one broken, and held in the right front hand.
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Is Vinayaka an individual or a position like Indra?

We know that Indra is a position attained by different persons. Present Indra is Purandara. This answer by explains how he attained the position of Indra. There are occasions where he lost the throne ...
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Which scriptures portray Lord Ganesha to be the supreme God?

I have seen many scriptures to portray Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lalita Devi and Lord Surya to be the supreme. However, I would like to know whether any scripture portrays Lord Ganesha to be the ...
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Why own head of Ganesh ji was not joined to make him alive instead of elephant's head? [duplicate]

If joining elephants head, become alive, why his own head was not joined to alive? Also Shiva is a god, he can do whatever to make him alive. Why need to behead other's head? I got several questions ...
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Why is lord Ganesh also called Ekdant, Char Bhuja Dhari?

Does lord Ganesh has four hands in reality? Does lord Ganesh has only one tooth? No other god has an animal face. why does Ganesh ji have elephant head? Does an elephant head fit into his neck in ...
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How do we know that Lord Ganesha wrote the Mahabharata?

It's common to hear that Ganesha himself wrote the Mahabharata dictated by Vyasa muni. But wasn't all these epics passed down generation after generation orally? They were written down fairly ...
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Why do they put a hole behind some Ganesha idols?

I just bought a Ganesha idol from market to my home for Ganesh chaturadhi puja. I found this small hole behind the idol. What does it indicate?
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Is Ganesha created based on Gautama Buddha?

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 ...