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, 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 enterprieses. GAnesa is also the god of dance and music. The cult of
Ganesa spread to various countries of Asia.
The rise of Ganesa to pre-eminence in the orthodox Hindu pantheon, as one
of the panca devatas, is truly remarkable. it is an ancient version of
mundane legend: from Log Cabin to White House.
There have been many studies of this god in recent years; this one is the
most comprehensive, fully documented in original sources, textual and
artistic, and profusely illustrated. It traces the origin and development
of pauranika Ganesa, from pre-pauranika Vinayaka, a vighnakarta, into
pauranika Ganesa, a vighnaharta analyses his distinctive features and
studies his representation in art both in India and in the 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 honour 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'
The book is an excellent work of fine scholarship. - VHAVAN'S JOURNAL
...a very well researched book. - NATIONAL HERALD
"...... a very erudite work on Ganesha....The book is very informative." - The Vedanta Kesari
About the Author(s)
Y.KRISHAN is a scholar in Indology--Indian History, Religion, Philosophy
and Art. He has published over 150 research papers on these topics in
journals of standing in India and abroad. These also cover the partition of
India. At present he is doing a book on India's Partition.