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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vināyakaśānti is sometimes also called as Gaṇapatipujā. This śānti[1] is generally performed at the commencement of all the sanskāras or sacraments like upanayāna, vivāha,[2] and also for averting the evil effects of stars, planets and so on.

When it is performed independently, śuklapakṣa-caturthi[3] associated with auspicious stars like Puṣya, Śrāvaṇa, Rohiṇī, Aśvinī and also the weekday Thursday is recommended. The Bhaviṣyottarapurāṇa[4] gives a Gaṇapatiśānti, which is similar to the Vināyakaśānti.


  1. Śānti means propitiatory rite.
  2. Vivāha means marriage.
  3. It falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight.
  4. Bhaviṣyottarapurāṇa Chapter 144.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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