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Ganesa (The Remover of Obstacles)

Ganesa (The Remover of Obstacles)



  • Dimensions:8.7' X 5.7'
  • Edition:2006
  • Author:Shantilal Nagar
  • Publisher:B.R. Publishing Corporation
  • ISBN:8176464910
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:143
  • About the Book

    Ganesa is one of the important Hindu deities who is the first to be adored on all the important auspicious occasions. He is believed to be the son of Parvati, who even came in conflict with his own father Siva, whose head was initially cut off and replaced with that of an elephant by lord Siva and is adored by all the gods. The book provides briefly the important events of his life, which may interest the readers.

    About the Author

    Shantilal Nagar, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatorial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum, Nalanda, and Archaeological Section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in these museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, beads, seals and sealing, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and Pearce collection of gems, ranging from the earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987, a fellowship, for his monograph on the temples of Himachal Pradesh, by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has authored more than fifty books.


    1 Introduction 1-5
    2 The Life Profile 6-20
    Birth, The Childhood, The Names, The Marriage, The Spouses, Rage of Skanda, The Case of the Sweet Ball
    3 The Forms of Ganapati 21-47
    (a) The Forms
    (b) Eight Incarnations of Ganesa-Vakratunda, Ekadanta, Mahodara, Gajanana, Lambodara, Vikata, Vighnaraja, Dhumravarna.
    (c) The Worship of Twelve Forms of Ganesa.
    (d) The Popular Forms
    (e) The Specialised Forms-Dhumraketu, Candi-Vinayaka, Dhanesvara, Dvidehaka, Ganapati, Guhagraja, Laddukapriya, Heramba, Musakavahana, Vighnaraja, Bhakti Ganesa, Bhuvanesa Ganapati, Bija Ganapati, Dhvaja Ganapati, Haridra Ganapati, Laksmi Ganapati, Maha Ganapati, Prasanna Ganapati, Pingala Ganapati, Ucchistha Ganapati, Unmatta Vinayaka, Simha Ganapati, Vallabha Ganapati.
    4 Physical Features 48-61
    The Heads-Single-head-(a) Human-head; (b) Boar-head; (c) (Two-headed, (d) Three-headed, (e) Five-headed; The Eyes: The Ears: The Yajnopavita; The Head and headdress; The Trunk; The Complexion; Costumes; Facial Expression; Ornaments; Arms- (a) Two-armed, (b) Four-armed, (c) Six-armed, (d) Eight-armed, (e) Ten-armed, (f) Twelve-armed, (g) Sixteen-armed; Attributes; Waist Band; Auspicious Symbols; Attendants; The Vehicle; Postures; The Spouse-(a) Combined Figures, (b) Vinayaki; Ganesa with Triangles.
    5 Other Aspects 62-79
    Ganapatya Sect, Ganesa in the Four Yugas, Krsna as Ganesa, As a Conspirator, As an Expert Scribe, Played a Trick on Gautama, As a Warrior, Saptamatrka Panels with Ganesa, As a Diplomat, Remover of Obstacles, Fifty-six Vinayakas of Kasi, Name of Vinayakas, Siddha Ganesa, Vrndavana, Ganesa as the Harvest God, Position in Buddhism-(i) Adoration, (ii) Humiliation, Position in Jainism.
    6 Places Sacred to Ganesa 80-83
    (1) Moresvara, (2) Prayaga, (3) Kasi, (4) Kalamba, (5) Udosh, (6) Pali, (7) Parinesa, (8) Bhalacandra Ganesa-ksetra, (9) Raksasa Bhuvana, (10) Thakar, (11) Siddhataka, (12) Rajangaon, (13) Vijayapura, (14) Kasyapasrama, (15) Jaleshpur, (16) Lihadri, (17) Berole, (18) Padmalaya, (19) Nemalagaon, (20) Rajasadan-ksetra, (21) Kumbhakonam.
    7 Ganesa Abroad 84-98
    Afghanistan, Burma (Myanamar), China, Chinese Turkistan, Cambodia, Indonesia-(i) Bali, (ii) Borneo, (iii) Champa, (iv) Java, Indo-China, Japan-Embracing Binayakas, (i) Heads-(a) Human-headed, (b) Pig or Boar-headed, (c) Elephant-headed, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet.
    8 Ganesa Vratas 99-103
    Varada-Caturthi Vrata, Angaraka-Caturthi Vrata, Durva-Ganapati Vrata, Ganesa Parthiva-Puja Vrata, Sankatahara Ganapati Vrata, Gomaya Ganapati Puja, Balamuri Ganapati Vrata, Tantric Vratas, Vallabha Ganapati Vrata.
    9 The Start of Ganesa Worship 104-120
    The Foremost Adoration, The Philosophical View, Sculptures, The Body, Costumes-(i) worship of Ganesa by Gods Goddesses and demons-(a) By Various Gods, (b) Adoration by Tridevas (Brahma Visnu and Siva), (ii) Adoration by Demons-(a) Tripura, (b) Banasura, (iii) Worship by Goddesses-(a) Parvati, (b) Radha, (iv) Ardhanarisvara Ganapati, (v) Curses-(a) Ganesa's Curse to the Moon, (b) Ganesa's Curse to Tulasi, Forms of Omkara, Conducts as an Astrologer
    10 Ganesa Puja-Paddhati (Method of Adoration) 121-143
    Basic Requirements, Presentation of the Seat, Offering of Arghya, Offering for the Sipping of the Water, Offering of the Water for Bathing, Bath with five types of Nectars-(i) Milk, (ii) Curd, (iii) Ghee, (iv) Honey, (v) Sugar, (vi) Welfare or Oil Bath, (vii) Clean Water Wash, Offering of Costumes, Offering of the Upper Garment, Offering of Ornaments, Offering of Yajnopavita, Fragrance, Unbroken Rice, Flower-garland The Mandara Flowers, Sami-leaves, Durva-grass, Vermilion, Incense, Lamp Offering, Offering of Eatables, Offering of the Sandal Paste, Offering of the Betels, Offering of Coconuts, Offering of Daksina, Offering of Bunch of Flowers, Circumambulation, Dhyanam, Ganesa Vratas.
    11 Arati Shri Ganeshji Ki 144
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