Mahavinayakacaturthi, Mahāvināyakacaturthī, Mahavinayaka-caturthi: 1 definition



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Alternative spellings of this word include Mahavinayakachaturthi.

In Hinduism

Ganapatya (worship of Ganesha)

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Source: Google Books: Ganapati: Song of the Self

Mahāvināyakacaturthī (महाविनायकचतुर्थी) or Mahāgaṇeśacaturthī, the fourth day of the bright half of the month of Bhādrapada (August/September). Some people call this Gaṇapati’s birthday or the day of auspicious beginnings. This day is considered the most auspicious day associated with Gaṇeśa. This day is also known as the day when Gaṇeśa curse the moon and caused it to wax and wane. Also, on this day the story is told in connection with this myth of Kṛṣṇa and the syamantaka jewel.

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Ganapatya (गाणपत्य, gāṇapatya) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Ganesha is revered and worshipped as the prime deity (ishta-devata). Being a minor though influential movement, Ganapatya evovled, llike Shaktism and Shaivism, as a separate movement leaving behind a large body of literature.

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