gaNesha stotram (fwd)

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Sat Dec 28 15:01:38 CST 2002

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Subrahmanian, Sundararaman V [IT]"
>     <sundararaman.v.subrahmanian at>
> Dear Sri Jaladhar,
> I was looking at the archives for a posting on sanat sujaatiya and this
> article by you was close by and happened to read it.
> >navamaM bhAlachandraM cha dashamaM tu vinAyakam |
> >ekAdashaM gaNapatiM dvAdashaM tu gajAnanam || 4 ||
> >
> >The nineth is Bhalachandra[9] and the tenth Vinayaka[10] |
> >The eleventh Ganapati[11], and the twelveth Gajanana[12]. (4)
> <...>
> >[10] Remover (of obstacles.)  See [7].
> I thought the meaning of the word was:
> vinaayakaH = vigataH naayakaH yasya saH = one without a master ie., the
> Supreme.
> Can you clarify?

According to the Ramashrami on the Amarakosha.  Vinayaka comes from vinaya
with the meaning to hinder or block. vi (opposite) + naya -- to lead or
flow.  Compare the more common noun meaning of vinaya -- morality or moral
instruction.  However it does also list the definition you gave soI guess
they are both correct.

Interestingly, Amarakosha also gives Vinayaka as a name of the Buddha
(probably in the sense you mentioned.)  One of the three divsions of the
Buddhist shastras is clled vinaya pithaka.  It deals with regulations for

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