Gaṇeśapurāṇa

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ganesapurana, GaNeZapurANa, Ganeshapuraana


The main purpose of the purāṇas is to bring philosophy and religion to the doors of the masses. They have also played an important role in spreading both the types of knowledge, sacred and secular, and preserving culture among the common people.

Out of the eighteen Upapurāṇas or secondary purāṇas,[1] the Ganeśapurāna is listed as the first. It is a big work of 12,000 verses spread over 250 chapters.

Ganeśagitā forms a part of the last portion of the purāṇa. It contains many stories of Devas, sages and kings. It glorifies Lord Gaṇeśa and denotes him being the supreme lord above the deities i.e., Śiva, Devī, Viṣṇu and Brahmā. Certain mantras of Gaṇeśa, vratas, religious observances and worship connected with him are also described.


References

  1. All eighteen Upapurāṇas or secondary purāṇas are ascribed to the sage Vyāsa.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore