[Advaita-l] Who is Vighneshwara?
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Sun Sep 4 02:02:31 CDT 2016
Vaishnavas replace Ganesha with Vishvaksena and claim that Ganesa is
one of the courtiers of Vishvaksena.
On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 11:44 AM, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l
<advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् ।
> प्रसन्नवदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥
> One Srivaishnava scholar has written the Suklambara Sloka is saying
> Vishnu is the destroyer of Obstacles but not Ganesha. When Siva and
> Parvati were getting married there was no Ganesha at that time. The
> gods prayed to Vishnu only to remove all obstacles like we are praying
> to Ganesha today as Vighneshwara. Therefore there is no necessity to
> worship Ganesha because Vishnu will do the job.
> But there is a fault in this logic. Vishnu may be Obstacle remover
> before Ganesha. When Ganesha's head was cut off and joined with
> Elephant head Siva only gave a boon to Ganesha saying He will be
> Prathama Poojya and Remover of Obstacles in all good works. Therefore
> from that time Ganesha got the Vighneshwara status.
> Because Siva has given Him that boon we have to follow it and worship
> Ganesha for removing obstacles. Ganesha is Vighneshwara. Before
> starting any good work we have to first worship Him. After Him we can
> worship other gods.
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