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Showing posts with label Ganpatya. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Are The Ganpatya?


Sectarian Hindus who worship the god Ganesh as their major deity are known as Ganpatya.

Ganesh is revered by most Hindus, in part because his role as "Lord of Obstacles" (Vighneshvar) gives him the ability to aid or impede human activities.

He is frequently worshiped as a secondary divinity, however.

The Ganpatyas, on the other hand, revere Ganesh as their principal deity and do not worship any other gods.

The Ganpatyas are mostly found in Maharashtra, where a network of temples centered around Pune and the surrounding town of Chinchvad serves as its holy center.

The Ganpatya sect was formed by Moraya Gosavi in the sixteenth century, who received spiritual initiation via a series of visions of Ganesh.

One of his visions stated that for seven generations, half incarnations of Ganesh will be born in Moraya's household.

See Paul Courtright's Ganesa, 1985, for further details.

Garbhadhana Samskara (Garbhadhana Samskara) is a Sanskrit word that means " The first of sixteen traditional life-cycle rituals (samskaras) held at significant times in one's life.

The Garbhadhana Samskara was done in order to assure a child's conception.

Although various traditions state different days, this ceremony was performed on a specified day after the commencement of the wife's menstrual cycle.

Although there was clearly sexual contact between husband and wife as part of this ceremony, it was intended to provide a holy framework for the act of reproduction as a whole.


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