Author: Yuvraj Krishan
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120814134
An ancient legend: from Log Cabin to White House, this work is one of the most comprehensive, fully documented in original sources, and profusely illustrated relating to the rise of Ganesa to pre-eminence in the orthodox Hindu pantheon.
Ganesa commands universal respect among the indigenous religious schools and sects of the Hindus, Jainas and Buddhists. He is a god who is unique in many ways- his peculiar physiognomy an elephant's head on a human trunk, his double character, as a vighnakarta (Creator of obstacles) and as a vighnaharta (Remover of obstacles). He is worshipped first to ensure success of all religious and secular functions and enterprises. Ganesa is also the god of dance and music. The cult of Ganesh spread to various countries of Asia.
The rise of Ganesha to pre-eminence in the orthodox Hindu pantheon , as one of the Pancha devatas (five principal pauraniks gods) is truly remarkable. This work traces the origin and development of pauranika Ganesa, from pre-puranika Vinayaka, a vighnakarta, into pauranika Ganesa, a vighnaharta analyses his distinctive features and studies his representation in art both in India and in other countries of Asia.
It seeks to unravel the enigma of a non-vedic, non-epic and a non-Aryan god coming to occupy a place of honor in Hindu pantheon. The techniques adopted by the followers of Ganesa to promote his cult and status and the enduring results achieved make a fascinating study in PR work.
List of Illustrations
The Place of Ganesa in India's Life
Names of Ganesa and their Meanings
Is Ganesa a Vedic God?
The Family of Siva and Evolution of Siva and His Hosts
Vinayaka as Vighnakarta (Causer of Obstacles) in the Manavagrhyasutra (Mgs.) and Yajnavalkyasmrti (Yaj.) : A Comparative Study
Vinayaka and Ganesa in the Mahabharata
PAURANIC GANESA :
Ganas and Ganesa
The Functional Role of Ganesa
The Birth of Ganesa : His Parentage
How Ganesa came to acquire an elephant's head ?
Ganesa as ekadanta (one-tusked)
The vahana (vehicle or mount) of Ganesa
Sarpa of Naga (serpent) as ornament of Ganesa
Ganesa and Skanda
Is Ganesa a brahmacari (bachelor) or a grhastha (Householder) ?
Promotion of the Cult of Ganesa
Development of the Iconography of Ganesa
Chronology of Ganesa as Reflected in Literary, Numismatical,
Epigraphical and Sculptural Sources
Ganesa in Buddhism
An Explanation of the Sadhanas and Sculptures of Buddhist Deities Trampling upon Ganesa
Ganesa in Jainism
Evolution of Ganesa Cult
Ganesa Beyond India's Frontiers :
Ganesa in Nepal
Ganesa in Sri Lanka
Ganesa in Myanmar (Burma)
Ganesa in Indonesia : Java and Bali
Ganesa in Indo-China : Cambodia and Champa
Ganesa in Thailand
Ganesa in Tibet
Ganesa in Central and Northern Asia
Ganesa in China
Ganesa in Japan
Binayaka, Shoten and Kangiten
Soshin Kangiten or Dual-Bodied God of Bliss
Ganesa : A Bibliographical Sketch
A New Interpretation of Panca-Ganesa Sculptures
Is the Fight Between Siva and Ganesa an Episode of Oedipal Conflict?
Is Ganesa of Indo-Greek Origin ?
Author and Title Index