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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did Lord Vishnu pray to Lord Ganesha? If yes, in which scripture is it written?

Certain websites claim that Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord Ganesha. Now if this story is true, in which scripture is this story written? The following is the story as presented by these websites: One ...
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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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What script did Ganesha write the Mahabharata in?

The first chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Vyasa dictated the Mahabharata to Ganesha, who wrote it down: Brahma said. 'I esteem thee for thy knowledge of divine mysteries, ...
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Do any Deities, other than the Pancha Mahadevatas, have Swayambhu representations?

The Pancha Mahadevatas are Ganapaty,Shiva,Vishnu,Devi(Ambika) & Surya. There is a Smarta tradition of worshiping them together in the Panchayatana Puja..In this Puja instead of idols or images of ...
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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 was Surya killed by Lord Shiva?

I heard of an incident in which Suryadev was once killed by Lord Shiva. Can somebody explain to me what is this incident and what Surya's mistake was? And also, please let me know how he became alive ...
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Who is the eldest son of Lord Shiva?

In South India, people worship Lord Ganesh and consider him to be Lord Shiva's first son and elder to Lord Kartikeya. In the North and remaining parts of India however, people have a faith that Lord ...
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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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Why do Bengalis celebrate Kali Puja during Diwali?

I don't know why, during Diwali, the Bengalis celebrate Kali Puja? Why don't they worship Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha?
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History behind the name Lakshmi Ganapathi

What is the history behind the name Lakshmi Ganapathi Why is it said that to keep idol of Lakshmi Ganapathi inside the house such that Ganapathi won't allow Lakshmi to leave the house? What was the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which scripture mentions the verse "Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge" used by RSS?

The verse "Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge" (संघे शक्ति कलियुगे ) means "Unity is strength in Kali Yuga". It's mostly used by RSS(which is also known as Sangha) and other Sangh Parivar ...
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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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Is Ganesh true dev?

I read this article on wikipedia which is about thirty three devatas (trayastrimsati koti). But there is no Ganesha in them. I would like to ask in which category Ganesha Belong?

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