[Advaita-l] 'VinAyaka' in ShAnkara GItA BhAShyam

Dr. Yadu Moharir ymoharir at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 7 00:17:55 CDT 2011

Namaste Subbu-Ji:

Of course I am aware of this

Yes, his name is Vighnahartaa, as well.  So, do advatins in various maTha worship him as Vighnahartaa or vighnakartaa icon?

Also, in your opinion is his worship and offerings to him, or surrendering to him account for getting merit points () as his bhakta) that he does not create "Vighna" for the one's who surrender to him?  If one were to accept this then it does conform with the traits and properties with the Vinaayaka as well as rudra gaNa he is supposed to lead, as GaNapati, GaNaadhyakhsa, GaNanaayaka ... etc. As you have pointed out from the beginning of this thread that this is a "ugra" devataa.

But why worship the the ugra and taamasika manner is another conundrum that needs addressing.  I will share my views on this issue after I hear from other scholars.


Dr. Yadu

From: V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
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विघ्नकर्त्रे नमः
विघ्नर्त्रे नमः

On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM, raghavender ganti <rganti9 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Sri Gurubhyon Namaha
>                                 I presume that Vighneshwara mean the lord
> of Vignas or obstacles, i.e he has complete control over them, he can create
> or destroy vighnas. It would not just mean destroyer of vighnas

विघ्नराजाय नमः
विघ्नकर्त्रे नमः
विघ्नहर्त्रे नमः

The corresponding names in VishNusahasranama are: भयकृत्, भयनाशनः


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