The Skanda Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words

This page describes Greatness of Gananatha which is chapter 324 of the English translation of the Skanda Purana, the largest of the eighteen Mahapuranas, preserving the ancient Indian society and Hindu traditions in an encyclopedic format, detailling on topics such as dharma (virtous lifestyle), cosmogony (creation of the universe), mythology (itihasa), genealogy (vamsha) etc. This is the three hundred twenty-fourth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 324 - Greatness of Gaṇanātha

Īśvara said:

1-3. A devotee should view Vināyaka, the bestower of all Siddhis. He is stationed to the north, rather a little to the north-west thereof (i.e. of Kṣemeśvara).

O goddess, he is the same friend of mine, Dhanada glorified by me to you earlier as the protector of treasures in the form of Gaṇanātha (‘Leader of the groups’).

O my beloved, he is stationed in this holy spot for the sake of granting Siddhi unto all the worlds.

O goddess, on a fourth lunar day coinciding with Tuesday, a devotee should worship the deity by means of foodstuffs and edibles along with sweetmeats in the manner laid down. Certainly he will achieve Siddhi (perfection).

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