Gananatha, aka: Gaṇanātha, Gana-natha; 7 Definition(s)
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Gaṇanātha (गणनाथ, “lord of gaṇas”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Gaṇanāthavināyaka, Gaṇanāthagaṇeśa and Gaṇanāthavighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.
Gaṇanātha is positioned in the North-western corner of the seventh circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Jnanavapi, Aparnath Math, CK 37 / 1”. Worshippers of Gaṇanātha will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the protector from the curses of demigods”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.18659, Lon. 83.00572 (or, 25°11'11.7"N, 83°00'20.6"E) (Google maps)
Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.
Gaṇanātha, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purāṇa
Gaṇanātha (गणनाथ) is an epithet of both Śiva and Gaṇeśa, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa-māhātmya chapter 6.—Accordingly, “in order to ward off obstacles to the discourse, Gaṇanātha should be worshipped. The lord of the story Śiva and the book, Śivapurāṇa, too must be worshipped with piety. The story of Śivapurāṇa must be listened to with careful attention. The recipient must be intelligent, pure in mind, delighted at the heart and a follower of conventions”.Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
Gaṇanātha (गणनाथ).—See Gaṇeśa.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 27. 72: Vāyu-purāṇa 109. 22.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
gaṇanātha (गणनाथ).—m (S) Lord or leader of the troops (of Shiva), i. e. Gan̤esh. Hence fig. Any Captain or leading man, a Corypheus.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
gaṇanātha (गणनाथ) [-pati, -पति].—m The deity gaṇēśa. gaṇapatīcēṃ nāṃva ghēṇēṃ To make a beginning.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
1) an epithet of Śiva.
2) of Gaṇeśa.
3) the leader of the attendants of any god; Bhāg.5.17.13.
4) the head of an assemblage or corporation; Bṛ. S.15.4.
Derivable forms: gaṇanāthaḥ (गणनाथः).
Gaṇanātha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaṇa and nātha (नाथ). See also (synonyms): gaṇanāthaka.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-thaḥ) A name of Ganesha. E. gaṇa, and nātha lord.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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Lalitopakhyana (Lalita Mahatmya) (by G.V. Tagare)
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A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)