Durvaganapati, Dūrvāgaṇapati, Durva-ganapati: 1 definition



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Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Dūrvāgaṇapati (दूर्वागणपति) or Dūrvāgaṇapativrata refers to type of Vrata (“religious observances”), according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, this Dūrvāgaṇapati-vrata is described in the Saurapurāṇa 43.27ff. This vrata was explained by Śiva to Skanda. It is the best of the vratas and by its observance a person gets great fortune, progeny, wealth and happiness. This vrata is stated to have been observed by Pārvatī, Lakṣmī, Sarasvatī, Indra, Viṣṇu, Kubera, other Gods, Gandharvas and Kinnaras.


“On the fourth tithi of the bright fortnight in the month of Nabha (Śrāvaṇa) this Dūrvāgaṇapati-vrata should be observed. It may either be observed on the fourth tithi of Kārtika. An image of Gaṇeśa with four hands, elephant head and having one tooth, be made of gold. The image should be placed on a golden pedestal (pīṭhāsana). Dūrvā made of gold should be placed on its substratum. Then placing Gaṇeśa, the destroyer of obstacles in a pot of copper in the circle of sarvatobhadra and covering with red cloth, the observer of the vrata should worship Gaṇeśa with red flowers, five kinds of leaves such as vilva, apāmārga, śamī, dūrvā and tulasī (haripriyā), other fragrant flowers, fruits and sweet meats (modaka).

The devotee should invoke the deity to worship him by available ingredients (upacāra). Proclaiming like this a person should worship the son of Pārvatī with devotion with various mantras of āvāhana, arghva, pādya, gandha, puṣpa, dhūpa, dīpa, upahāra, prārthanā and dāna. All these mantras are Puranic except the upahāra-mantra which is Vedic  (gaṇānāṃtvā gaṇapatiṃ etc.)

If a person observes this Dūrvāgaṇapati-vrata for five years and then concludes it, gets all his desires fulfilled and finally attains the region of Śiva. Otherwise if a person having controlled his senseorgans performs this vrata for three years on the fourth tithi of the bright-fort night, attains all desirables.”

Note: This Dūrvāgaṇapati-vrata is mentioned in Hemādri’s Vratakhaṇḍa [?].520-523.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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