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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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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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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 ...
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Do any Hindu scriptures condemn magick? Is the practice of magick by Wiccans using Hindu deities legitimate?

Witchcraft has been one of the most controversial issues in the West. Abrahamic religions such as Judaism, Christianity & Islam consider it a sin against God but what does Hinduism say about it? ...
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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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Where can I know about the eight forms of Lord Ganesh from Mudgala purana?

I would like to know where can I find a complete English version of the Mudgala Purana and also the eight forms of Lord Ganesha.
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Which scripture wrote the "Ganapathi Moola Mantra"?

For removal of Drishti the remover should wash his/her hands and legs before entering the home and we believe Mantra can prevent Dhristi Doshas. The following Mantra to prevent Dristi Doshas/ Evil ...
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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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Advantage of Sankasta hara chaturthi

I saw This , I want to know what's the 1) Advantage of Sankasta hara chaturthi 2) Why doing Tuesday is more helpfull. 3) Why we need to see moon and eat at night. 4)Why Rice are not allowed to eat ...
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Which scriptures describe Vināyaka as son of Nandi?

Shaiva Siddhanta is based on the Shaiva Agamas and the poems of the 63 Nāyanārs . One of those 63 Nāyanārs is Saint Tirumūlar and also one of the 18 Siddhars and also a Yogi himself. His work ...
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Looking for some scriptural verses which say that Lord Ganesha is tarpanapriya (fond of tarpana)

Most of us know that Lord Shiva is Abhisekhapriya or one who loves to be bathed. Similarly, Lord Vishnu is Alankarapriya or one who is fond of wearing ornaments. Similarly, i know that Lord Ganesha ...
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Why is Durva grass offered to Lord Ganesha? [duplicate]

Why is the Durva (or scutch grass) offered to Lord Ganesha? What is the reason behind it? Does this grass have any ayurvedic properties? Why is it considered sacred?
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Why is a snake tied around the belly of lord Shri Ganesha [duplicate]

I have seen many idols and pictures of Lord Shri Ganesha and have noticed in many idols that a snake is tied around his belly. What is the significance of that snake. Is it an ornament or does it have ...
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Does Hindu scripture say anything about Third Eye visions?

Recently, while meditating, I had a vision of Lord Ganesha. The vision came to my 3rd Eye. The vision was of an Elephant, with its Trunk pointed down, but swaying back and forward, almost in a ...
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If Lord Ganesha is married then why is he worshipped as a bachelor.....?

In India lord Ganesh is worshipped as a bachelor in south india and in north india he worshipped with wives. QUESTION: If lord ganesh is married then why he is worshipped as a bachelor ? What is the ...
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Reference to Ganesha's statement from Mahabharata ("The day I was born I made my first mistake")

I would like to have the exact reference to a quote attributed to Lord Ganesha: The day I was born I made my first mistake ... William Buck also uses this quote in his book The Mahabharata, the ...
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What scriptures describe Ganesha having five hands?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here), ...
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Why Ganesha is covered with saffron(sindoor)?

We know Hanuman is covered with Saffron paste. But why is Ganesha covered with saffron paste. It is not seen in temples in southern part of India but most of the Ganesha's idols in northern part of ...
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What is the legend behind Mayureshwara?

Mayureshwara is an incarnation of Lord Ganesha in the Treta Yuga. Mayureshwara's vehicle is a peacock (and hence the name, Mayura which means "peacock" in Sanskrit), unlike Ganesha's usual vehicle, ...
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Why Lord Muruga is not worshiped in north india as much as he is in south india? [duplicate]

Why North Indians don't worship Lord Murugan(Karthikeya) as much as they worship Lord Ganesha? But this doesn't happen in South India.
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Tapping temples (on forehead) and worship of Mahaganapaty

It is usually believed that tapping temples on forehead five times with closed fists, accompanied with the recitation of the "Suklambaradharam..." sloka is a shortcut method of worshiping Lord ...
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Significance of death on Ganesh Chathurthi

If one's father expires on the same day as Ganesh Chaturthi, I would like to know if there's a significance attached to one's death on an auspicious day like the Ganesh Chaturthi. Secondly, as both ...
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Worship of different gods by Hindus

Do worshippers of Lord Vishnu also worship Lord Ganesh? I am learning about the Hindu religion is very interested in becoming a follower of the Hindu religion I am also looking for reading materials ...
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Is ॐ Gam Ganapataye Namaha correct, or ॐ Gan Ganapataye Namaha correct?

According to you What is correct ॐ Gam Ganapataye Namaha or ॐ Gan Ganapataye Namaha ?