[Advaita-l] Who is Vighneshwara?

Anand Hudli anandhudli at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 5 00:05:26 CDT 2016

>There is a separate category of 'vināyaka-s' who are evil spirits featured
>in the Srimadbhāgavatam several times and in some other puraṇas. This
>should not be confused with the Ganapati. Shankara, the vaidika, in his
>Gita bhashya is referring to the above group of vinayakas only.

In connection with this remark on VinAyaka by Shankara BhagavatpAda, please
see my brief note below:


Essentially, when we have shruti, smRti, and purANa support for GaNapati
worship, it does not make sense to equate the specific instance of
"VinAyaka" of the gItA bhAShya with GaNapati.


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