Ganadhipa, Gaṇādhipa, Gaṇadhipa, Gana-adhipa: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ganadhipa in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप) (also Gaṇapa, Gaṇeśvara) 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 and innumerable. They had thousand hands, matted hair, crown etc. They had crescent moon as their embellishing decoration; they were blue-necked, three-eyed, adorned with necklaces, earings, crowns and other ornaments. 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”.

2) Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप) refers to the “chief of the Gaṇas” and is used to describe Nandin, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.24 (“Śiva consents to marry Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as the Gods said to Nandin: “What shall we do now? Śiva has become detached and has gone on meditation. You are a companion of Śiva and pure assistant. You are omniscient. O chief of the Gaṇas [i.e., gaṇādhipa], we seek refuge in you. Please guide us. What is the remedy by which Śiva can be propitiated?”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप).—Is Gaṇeśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 41.
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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)

[«previous next»] — Ganadhipa in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

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 (e.g., 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.

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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप) or Gaṇādhiparasa is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 7, enlargement of spleen [plīhodara] and liver [yakṛdudara]). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., gaṇādhipa-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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India history and geography

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप) (=Gaṇeśa) refers to one of the deities being worshiped in ancient India, as vividly depicted in the Kathās (narrative poems) such as Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—The Kuvalayamala (779 A.D.) is full of cultural material which gains in value because of the firm date of its composition. [...] Page 256.31-2 ff.: Here is a mixed list of 25 gods and Godlings of all religions. These were worshipped and propitiated to obtain favours. The list includes [e.g., Gaṇādhipa] [...].

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ganadhipa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप).—

1) Name of Śiva; Śiśupālavadha 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप):—[from gaṇa > gaṇ] m. the chief of a troop, [Viṣṇu-smṛti, viṣṇu-sūtra, vaiṣṇava-dharma-śāstra] ([Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi i, 9, 11])

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] of Gaṇeśa

4) [v.s. ...] = ṇa-dhara, [Jaina literature]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gaṇādhipa (गणाधिप):—[gaṇā+dhipa] (paḥ) 1. m. Ganesha; Shiva; chief of a troop or class.

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ganadhipa in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Gaṇādhipa (ಗಣಾಧಿಪ):—

1) [noun] the leader of a group of people.

2) [noun] Gaṇēśa.

3) [noun] Śiva.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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