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As P. V. Kane explains in History of Dharmaśāstra, Vol II Part I, the Gaṇeśa most people today are familiar with cannot be found in the Vedas: Gaṇapatipūjana This consists in inviting the presence of the elephant-faced god Gaṇeśa on a betelnut placed in a handful of husked rice. The word Gaṇapati is used in the Ṛgveda as an attribute of Brahmaṇaspati (the ...

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