Here's the story of its origin.
Shiva Bhagwan left his abode on Mt. Kailas in the Himalayas to meditate in a cave. Parvati’s friends suggested that she should have an attendant (gana) of her own because they were not pleased with Shiva’s ganas.
Thus, she used her divine powers and bore a son. She named him Vinayak and instructed him to guard their home.
The story of Shiva (temporarily) killing Surya the sun god is told in the Ganesha Khanda of the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. (See page 349 here.) As I discuss in this answer, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, son of Yama god of death and twin brother of the sage Nara. (Nara and Narayana were the prevous ...
To ward off the obstacles that may happen in the work, be it puja (worship) or something else, Ganesha is first worshiped always. You will find the mantra that is usually chanted to be as below:
vakratunḍa mahākāya suryakoṭi samaprabhaḥ
nirvighna kurume deva sarva karyeṣu sarvadā
The mantra itself is self explanatory why He is first worshiped. The ...
This whole event is a series of interconnected Chain events. I'm here summarizing the chain events:
1) Boon to Gajasura:
Gajasura was a devotee of Lord Shiva and he got a boon that his head would be revered in future as described in the answer here.
2) Curse to Lord Shiva:
Lord Shiva once killed Surya and Kasyapa (father of Surya) cursed him as described in ...
The story of how Ganesha broke his tusk is recounted in this excerpt from the Upodghata Pada of the Brahmanda Purana. Parashurama, the axe-wielding incarnation of Vishnu, had sucessfully defeated his enemy Kartavirya Arjuna and the kings allied with him, and so he wanted to thank Shiva for giving him the power to fight these enemies. Parashurama went to ...
Yes, there are scriptures which prescribe using the mantra 'Gananam Tva Ganapatim.. ' to worship Lord Ganesha. Let's look at some scriptural references:
1) Sage Vyasa says so in Padma Purana:
In the Shristikhanda of the Padma Purana chapter 65, sage Vyasa specifies to use this mantra to worship Lord Ganesha:
नांदीमुखेषु सर्वेषु पूजयेद्यो गणाधि...
Yes, it is known exactly what these verses are - they are known by the illustrious name Jaya, meaning victory. The Jaya is the core part of the Mahabharata, an 8800 verse poem within the larger epic consisting of the famous conversations between Dhritarashtra and his charioteer Sanjaya about the Pandavas' victory over the Kauravas in Kurukshetra. Sanjaya ...
Yes, Ganesh and Kumara both are mentioned in Vedas. Here are the references.
रुद्रो रुद्रश्च दन्तिश्च नन्दिः षण्मुख एव च ।
गरुडो ब्रह्मा विष्णुश्च नारसिहंस्तथैव च ।।
rudro rudrascha dantischa nandi sanmukha eva cha |
garudo brahma vishnuscha narsimhastathaiva cha || [Yajurveda Taitteriya Aranyaka 10.1.15]
The names of God mentioned are:
@AksharRoop and @Tejesh Alimilli has already explained two mythological stories which tells us how Lord Ganesha became the 'Pratham pujya' (the one who is worshiped first).
I want to give one more reason for why Lord Ganesha is worshiped before starting any task.
According to the yogic perspective, the presiding deity for the Muladhara ...
I found the Vakratunda incarnation in Mudgal Brahmana but not the mantra. The closest I could come to this mantra is the following line from the Mahaganapati Shastranam Stotra from the Rudrayamala Tantra that contains the first sentence:
vakratuṇḍo mahākāyaḥ koṭisūryasamaprabhaḥ ।
ekadaṃṣṭraḥ kṛṣṇapiṅgo vikaṭo dhūmravarṇakaḥ ॥ 99॥
Here's the link to ...
There is a story behind the elephant head. I would certainly write one but with some broken grammar so I preferred quoting it from Wikipedia.
One day Goddess Parvati was at home on Mt.Kailash preparing for a
bath. As she didn’t want to be disturbed, she told Nandi, her husband
Shiva’s Bull, to guard the door and let no one pass. Nandi faithfully
As per Mahabharata, it was Brahma who suggested Vyasa to take help of Ganehsa. Veda Vyasa had conceived the whole poem in His mind but he was in anxiety regarding how to propagate it to his disciples. Brahma seeing Vyasa's anxiety came to Him and said:
I esteem thee for thy knowledge of divine mysteries, before the whole body of celebrated Munis ...
TL;DR: No such words were spoken by Gaṇeśa in the Mahābhārata i.e., you cannot find a reference to the original Sanskrit verse for the quote you mention in the question.
The entire conversation between Vyāsa and Gaṇeśa from the very first chapter of the Mahābhārata is as follows:
काव्यस्य लेखानार्थाय गणेश: स्मर्यतां मुने।
सौतिरुवाच एवमाभाष्य तं ब्रह्मा जगा...
It is from the Ganesha Purana. It was told to a king called Varenya by Lord Ganesha himself.
You can read it from this page.
Varenya said, ‘In the world of birth and death many difficulties
arise, and they are very hard to endure. Remover of obstacles, kindly
show me the path to liberation now. How can there be bondage in the
realization of You, ...
These events are mentioned in Shiva Mahapurana in the sequence given in question.
First Devi Parvati creating Ganesha (Vinayaka) from dirt of her body is mentioned in Section 2.4 - Rudra-saṃhitā (4): Kumāra-khaṇḍa: Chapter 13.
Thinking thus the goddess created a person with all the characteristics, out of the dirt from her body.
He was spotless and ...
One of the famous names of Sri Ganapaty is "Skandapurvaja" which literally means "the elder brother of Skanda or Lord Karthikeya". So, Ganapaty is the eldest son.
Skandapurvaja -- One who is born (ja) before (purva) Karthikeya (Skanda).
108 names of Ganapaty,with 82nd in the list being "Skandapurvaja"
There is a Ganesha Asta Namavali Stotram found in the ...
It occurs in this chapter of the Narada Purana:
The immutable, the consort of Vishnu, the wife of Shambhu, minaketana, smriti, mamsa adorned with indu with manu and with the moon in the crest, Ganapati in the dative, then at the end vara veranda be added, then at the end of sarva one should utter janam, then add me vasham anaya bring them all to my ...
First of all there is a Panchayatan (formation for offering puja), in this we perform Abhishek to the Aaradhya (main) god for which we are offering puja.
There are following possibilities for Aradhya and other god's
Any Male God(Except Shiva) we use Purusha Sukta
Lord Narayana(Vishnu) and all his 24 avatar's we use Vishnu Sukta (notice we can also use ...
Ganesha doesn't eat a lot of food, he did that intentionally the day Kubera invited him to his palace.
As we know that Kubera is a lord of wealth, and because of this he felt proud and started showing off his richness.
One day, Kubera went to lord Shiva and Parvati to invite them to his palace but lord Shiva denied Kubers invitation, instead he said to ...
The Ganapati Atharvashirsha Upanishad, AKA the Ganesha Upanishad or Ganapati Upanishad, is a text which claims to be an Upanishad associated with the Atharvana Veda; here is what it says about itself in verses 16-18 (see pages 5-7 of this PDF file):
He who studies this Atharva text moves towards Brahman.... This
Atharva text should not be given to ...
Parvati devi just called Him "son" (Putra). There are many birth stories of Ganesha described in Puranas. Each Purana describes story of a particular Kalpa and Shiva severing head happened in "Sveta Kalpa" which is mentioned in Shiva Mahapurana.
Some of the Puranas in which birth stories of Ganesha are mentioned are, Shiva Mahapurana (...
Yes, Lord Ganesha is a form of the Eternal Brahman. Therefore He is eternal. The stories relating to the birth of Lord Ganesha are also of a deep spiritual significance. Here is what Veda and some saints have said about Lord Ganesha.
Symbolic meaning of Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha is a form of the eternal Brahman. The form and stories of ...
Here is a verse that says that black magic (using roots) is a punishable offence.
Manu Smriti 9.290. For all incantations intended to destroy life, for
magic rites with roots (practised by persons) not related (to him
against whom they are directed), and for various kinds of sorcery, a
fine of two hundred (panas) shall be inflicted.
Also here is a ...
Ganesha Purana and some Ganesha-centric scriptures mention few great devotees of Sri Ganesha.
Since i don't have complete Ganesha Purana, i will cite Puranic Encyclopedia by Vettam mani as reference. I will update exact references as soon as possible.
Here are some list of devotees:
Ballala was a son of Vaishya and Lord Ganesha Himself manifests at his ...
The story is mentioned in Shiva Mahapurana, Rudra Samhita (Kumara Khanda), Chapter 18. When Lord Ganesha brought back to life after his head was chopped off by Lord Shiva, then Goddess Parvati adored him and declared that he will be worshipped first.
पूजयित्वा सुतं देवी मुखमाचुम्ब्य शाङ्करी।
वरान्ददौ तदा प्रीत्या जातस्त्वं दु:खितोऽधुना॥७॥
Then adoring ...
The only reference I found to Sage Ganaka is on Kamakoti Website which ascribes the verses to Ganesha Yamala Tantra. (Which I wasn't able to find anywhere on the internet. If anyone has this Tantra available it would be good if they could reference the verses...)
Sri Mahaganapati, the primordial puruSha known as brahmaNaspati,
created four kinds of ...
We know it through this chapter of Adi Parva of Mahabharata:
And Vyasa having gone round him who is called Hiranyagarbha seated on that distinguished seat stood near it; and being commanded by Brahma Parameshthi, he sat down near the seat, full of affection and smiling in joy. Then the greatly glorious Vyasa, addressing Brahma Parameshthi, said, "O ...
Ganesha is depicted having one tooth which has a story that one tooth was taken away by the axe of parashurAma. He has four arms hence he is called as Chaturbhuja also. Also another name is danti.
Secondly ganesha is not the only god who has animal face of body.
There is also Sri varAha, Sri HayagrIva, Sri Narasimha etc.
Regarding your last question, ...
It's there in Baudhayana Dharma Sutras 2.9.6. The Mantras are as follows:
OM . I quench the Rudras. OM . I quench Rudra’s male attendants. OM . I quench Rudra’s female attendants.
7 OM . I quench Vighna. OM . I quench Vinayaka. OM . I quench Vıra. OM . I quench Sthula. OM . I quench Varada. OM . I quench Hastimukha. OM . I quench Vakratunda. OM . I ...