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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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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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Why is Lord Ganesha depicted with a snake around his belly?

Lord Ganesha is always seen with a snake wrapped around his big fat belly.According to the Ganesha Purana,the serpent Vasuki is wrapped around his neck. Other depictions of snakes include use as a ...
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What Puranas cover the stories of Ganesh Chaturdhi Puja

On Ganesh Chaturdhi, Puja called Varasidhi Vinayaka Vrat is performed. In the Vrat, the following stories are told. Story regarding birth of Vinayaka and his head being replaced with that of Elephant....
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Why Durva grass is dear to Lord Ganesha

Why is Durva grass offered to Lord Ganesha ? What is the significance of praying Ganesha with durva grass ?Can any other flower or leaves used as a substitute for this.
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Why didn't Lord Shiva realize that he was beheading his own son?

As Lord Shiva is himself one of the Trimurti, he must be a त्रिकालज्ञ (trikālajña) i.e., knower of past, present and future. If he's a trikālajña, why didn't he know that he was going to behead his ...
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Shree Ganesha and Sweet Dumplings (मोदक)?

Why Shree Ganesha Or Shree Ganapati likes Sweet Dumplings or Modaka (मोदक) so much.? Which are the sanskrit Scriptures from Puranas denoting this favourite food of Shree Ganesha?
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Ganapati's Birth in relation to writing of Mahabharata

We know Ved Vyasa told Ganapati to write Mahabharata as he dictated. If a live story can only be written after it is completed, it would mean Mahabharata was written during the start of the Kali Yuga ...
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What is the "convincible" birth story of the Lord Ganesha? [duplicate]

I have heared from somewhere that Lord Ganesha was created from the feculence/ turmeric of Goddess Parvati' body while bathing for protection of herself. Is it true? if yes, how is it really possible ...
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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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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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Which scripture contains the famous Ganesha Sloka "Vakratunda Mahakaya..."?

The following Sloka(in bold ) is probably the most popular among all Ganapaty Slokas "Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Surya Koti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva sarva Karyesu Sarvada". Meaning:O ...
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How can Skanda and Ganesha marry Brahma's daughters?

I am a daughter of Prajapati (the lord of all creatures, Brahma) and my name is Devasena. My sister Daityasena has ere this been ravished by Kesin. We two sisters with our maids habitually used to ...
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Why Tulsi not offered to lord Ganesha [duplicate]

Why Tulsi is not offered while performing puja to lord Ganesha? Also, I want to know the reason behind that why we don't offer tulsi to Ganesha except for Ganesha Chaturthi day during patri puja?
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What is the significance of calling Mahalakshmi "Mahodare"?

As we all know that Mahaganapaty is described as having a large belly.In fact one of His many names is "LambaJathara" or "Mahodara" literally meaning one having a big belly. But in the Mahalakshmi ...
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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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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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Do Lord Vishnu,Ganesha and Saraswati have multiple consorts? If so who are they?

When I was browsing through some questions here,I came across this: Now in contrast to Sita, who was an incarnation of Vishnu's wife Lakshmi, Vedavati was an incarnation of Vishnu's other wife ...
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Were Lakshmi and Saraswati sisters of Ganesha and Kartikeya?

Some people say that both Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are sisters of Lord Shiva's sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. Is this true or false?
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Incarnations of Lord Ganesha?

According to Ganesha Purana, there are four incarnations of Lord Ganesha: Mahotkata (Krita Yuga) Shri Mayureshwar (Treta Yuga) Shri Gajanana (Dwapara Yuga) Dhuraketu (Kali Yuga) According to Mudgal ...
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Did Lord Muruga and Lord Ganesh have their navels from birth?

Lord Muruga (Kartikeya) born from the third eye of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh was made as a doll and given life by Goddess Parvathi. So both of them didn't have their own navels. Generally navel is ...
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Where did the beheading of the elephant (which later became the head of Lord Ganesha) happen?

My home town is Tiruchirappalli (i.e Trichy) which is the abbreviated form of Thirucchiram arutha palli (Tamil). In English, it literally means 'the place where the holy beheading took place'. As I ...
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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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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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What happened to the body of elephant whose head was attached to Lord Ganesha?

What happened to the body of elephant whose head was attached to Lord Ganesha and what is the name of the place where the head of Lord Ganesha fall?
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Do we have any information about other wives (except Riddhi, Siddhi) and grandsons of Lord Ganesha mentioned in any texts

I recently came across a WhatsApp message which showed that there is a temple in Indore, India called Shri Shri Vidya Dham which is the only temple that has idols of full family of Lord Ganesha. Full ...
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Is seeing indirect images of moon on Ganesh Chaturthi considered inauspicious?

On Ganesh Chaturthi, it is believed seeing moon is inauspicious and is believed to bring curse to the person for an entire year. Will this only matter for the moon in the sky on that day? Or will it ...
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Seeing Moon on the 4th day (Chaturthi) of the Bhadrapada Shukla paksha(Ganesha Chaturthi)

Anyone seeing Moon on the 4th day (Chaturthi) of the Bhadrapada month would face blame and unjust criticism, its know to all Hindus but what about others across the earth.
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Why is Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 Verse 1 not used for summoning or praying to ganpati?

As mentioned in answer to this question, Rig-veda verse 1 as follows ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः षृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीदसादनम् ॥ cannot ...
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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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Where can I get translation of Ganesha Aarti

Can someone provide me exact translation of Ganesha Aarti in English? How it came into existence? Also since when Lord Ganesha is known as Vighnaharta? Is there any story behind it?
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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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Who is the descendant of Bhrigu who heard the famous Vakratunda mantra to Ganesha from the gods?

As I discuss in this question, the sage who heard many Ganesha mantras from gods was Ganaka, who I speculated may have been an incarnation of Ganesha himself. Now I have found a mantra to Ganesha ...
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What scriptures describe Ganesha riding an elephant?

As I discuss in this question, when a mantra is given in the Puranas, it is usually preceded by a Dhyanam, which describes the appearance of the god whom you're supposed to meditate upon before ...
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Who is sage Ganaka, the seer of so many mantras to Ganesha?

This excerpt from the Narada Purana describes a certain mantra called the Ganesha Nyasa, a hymn to Ganesha. Here's the preamble to that mantra: The matrikas of Ganesha have Ganaka as its sage, the ...
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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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What is the symbolic meaning of Lord Ganesha's trunk? [duplicate]

Some of the pictures of Lord Ganesha has trunk on left side, while in some other images, its on right side. I know that there is a symbolic meaning to it as my grandfather used to say, but i forgot. ...
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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 didn't Lord Shiva put back the original head of Lord Ganesha?

Every one knows the story of Lord Ganesha, how he got Elephant head but one doubt comes to my mind, Why wasn't Lord Shiva who is so powerful able to put back the original head of Lord Ganesha? Why he ...
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Was the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Nathamuni an incarnation of Ganesha?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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Where are the temples for Lord Ganesha along with his wives?

In this post, Who were the wives of Lord Ganesha?, I know that Lord Ganesha is married. Are there any specific temple for Lord Ganesha along with his wives?
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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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Why do we worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh on Diwali?

Diwali the festival of lights is mainly celebrated as on this day Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya after completing their 14 year exile. But generally everywhere we find that we worship Lord Ganesha and ...
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When was Lord Ganpati Discovered?

From what I know of... A boon bestowed upon Lord Ganpati made mandatory that first shloka(verse) of any religious book should start with shree ganeshaya namaha. But after reading mahabharta in its ...
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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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What was the name of Ganesha before beheading done by Lord Shiva?

What was the name of the Ganesha before beheading done by Lord Shiva?
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Source reference for Lord Kartikeya's peeling off skin incident

I came across an information that there exists a temple for Lord Kartikeya in Kurukshetra where entry for women is prohibited. The reason for that is an incident in which there was a competition ...
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Which forms of God are considered Supreme? [closed]

What forms of God are considered to be the Supreme Being? Lord Krishna says about demigods that who worship demigods will get material desires, but to get moksha one must worship me only. Are Ganesha,...
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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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Is there a list of the 8800 difficult verses of the Mahabharat?

Mahabharat is the world's largest poem containing around one lakh (100000) verses composed by Vedavyasa. Because writing such a large text is a difficult task Vedavyasa took the help of lord Ganesha ...
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Why we do not keep Tulsi on Prasada offered to lord Ganpati?

Generally we keep leaves of Tulsi over Prasāda( SACRAMENT) we offer to Gods. But recently in Ganesh Festival our priest while doing pooja told us that "Tulsi is not offered to Lord ganesha, it is ...