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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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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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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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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 hymns chanted for abhishekam?

If Rudram, Namakam & chamakam are related to Shiva, why they are chanted for abhishekam of other gods? Are there any other prominent alternative hymns for abhishekam? Are they chanted only in ...
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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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Why did Lord Ganesha curse the Moon?

When there's Ganesha Chaturthi going on, people say that we shouldn't look at the moon on the day of immersion (visarjan) as its counted as a bad omen. So why did he cursed the moon and why is that, ...
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Who's invocation is performed in 'Shuklam Varadharam Vishnum'? [duplicate]

The invocation mantra that comes before the Vishnu sahasranamam begins as follows: Shuklam Baradaram Vishnum, Sasi Varnam Chatur Bhujam, Prasanna Vadanan Dyayet, Sarva Vignoba Sandaye Dressed in white ...
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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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What is the relationship between lord ganesh, lord lakshmi and lord saraswati? [duplicate]

I saw many photos having idols lakshmi, ganesh and saraswati in together. The relationship between Lakshmi and Saraswati might be sisters because lord vishnu and lord Brahma are brothers. So, is there ...
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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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Which scriptures other than the Ramcharitmanas mention that during Shiva Parvati marriage ceremony Ganapaty was worshipped?

In the hundredth doha of the Balakanda of Ramcharitmanas it is mentioned that Ganapaty was worshipped during the marriage of Shiva & Parvati. मुनी अनुसासन गनपतिहि पूजेउ संभु भवानी । कोउ सुनी...
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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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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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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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Source of the Ganesha shloka, "Srikantho Mathulo Yasya"

What is the source of the Ganesha shloka, "Srikantho Mathulo Yasya, Jananee Sarva Mangalaa, Janakaha Sankaro Devaha, Tam Vande' Kunjaraananam"? श्रीकान्तो मातुलो यस्य​ जननी सर्वमंगला। जनकः शंकरो देवः ...
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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Kartikeya was mentioned in the Ramayana, but not Ganapati and his First Adoration in Pujas. Kaartikeya as mentioned in Srimad Ramayana is the same character as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. ...
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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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Why did Vyasa seek the help of Lord Ganesha?

It is widely known that Mahabharata was written by Lord Ganesha under the dictation of Sage Vyasa. Quoting from Wikipedia: The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Ganesha who ...
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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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Who are the wives of Lord Ganesha?

I sometimes read that Lord Ganesha's wives were 'Siddhi' and 'Buddhi' and sometimes 'Riddhi' and 'Siddhi' and also sometimes that all 3 'Riddhi', 'Siddhi' and 'Buddhi' were his wives. Can anyone ...
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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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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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Is Lord Ganesha immortal?

I know that there are 8 immortals as per Hindu scriptures. (e.g Ashwaththama, Mahabali, Vyasa, Hanuman, Vibhishan, Kripacharya, Parshurama, Markandeya) But, is Lord Ganesha immortal? If not, is ...
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Why does Lord Ganesha have an elephant head?

A lot of Hindu gods have human heads. However, this is not the case with Lord Ganesha, who has an elephant head. Why does he have an elephant head?
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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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What is the concept or History behind Shakti Ganapati?

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 ...
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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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What is the story behind lord Ganesha's broken tusk?

In many idols of lord Ganesha, I saw that the left tusk is broken. Credit: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/64.102 What is the story behind that broken tusk? Does it signify something?
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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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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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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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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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What is the Significance of Abhishekam?

Why do the use the items they do such as Arshina, sandalwood, milk, yogurt, Honey, bananas etc?
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Why is lord Ganesha worshipped first before any puja?

I've seen that Hindus worship lord Ganesha before starting any puja (act of worship) or important task. I've also seen people worshipping lord Ganesha before they start off with marriage proceedings, ...
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Why is the Sloka "Suklambaradharam Vishnum..." used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

As is well known, before starting any ritual Lord Ganapaty (also known as Vighneswaram,or the Lord of obstacles) is invoked first. Usually, almost everywhere, the following Sloka(in bold) is used ...
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Why is Saraswati shown with Ganesha and Lakshmi?

Picture frames, especially the one in Diwali, Lord Ganesha is shown with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi. Why is that so? I know the story of Lakshmi adopting Ganesha as his son from Parvati. ...
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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?