Ganadhipa, aka: Gaṇādhipa, Gaṇadhipa, Gana-adhipa; 5 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप) refers to the “leaders of gaṇas (Śiva’s attendants)”, who came to mount Kailāsa after Śiva gave out his Nāda sound which pervaded the three worlds (trailokya), as described in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.19, :—“[...] these and other leaders of Gaṇas [viz., Gaṇapas or Gaṇādhipas] were all powerful (mahābala) and innumerable (asaṃkhyāta). They had thousand hands (sahasrahasta), matted hair (jaṭa), crown (mukuṭa) etc. They had crescent moon as their embellishing decoration (candra-avataṃsa); they were blue-necked (nīla-kaṇṭha), three-eyed (trilocana), adorned with necklaces (keyūra), earings (kuṇḍala), crowns (mukuṭa) and other ornaments (alaṃkṛta). Lord of Gaṇas emulating Brahmā, Indra and Viṣṇu and shining with the brilliance of crores of suns and possessed of Aṇimā etc. reached there. The Gaṇa chiefs and other noble souls of spotless splendour eagerly reached there desirous of seeing Śiva. Reaching the spot they saw Śiva, bowed to and eulogised him”.

Other names for Gaṇādhipa include Gaṇapa or Gaṇeśvara.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप).—Is Gaṇeśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 41.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Gaṇadhipa (गणधिप) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Kailāsa, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Gaṇadhipa) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप).—

1) Name of Śiva; Śi.9.27.

2) Name of Gaṇeśa.

3) the chief of a troop of soldiers or of a class of disciples, of a body of men or animals.

Derivable forms: gaṇādhipaḥ (गणाधिपः).

Gaṇādhipa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaṇa and adhipa (अधिप). See also (synonyms): gaṇādhipati.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप).—m.

(-paḥ) 1. A name of Ganesha. 2. A title of Siva. 3. The chief of a troop of soldiers, of a class of diciples, of a body of men or animals, &c. E. gaṇa, and adhipa Master; also gaṇādhipati, and other similar epithets: see gaṇeśa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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