Loving Gaṇeśa

Contents

Vishayasūchī

विषयसूची

Dedication—Samarpaṇam
Preface, The Milk Miracle—Kshīra Chamatkāra
Author’s Introduction—Granthakāra Bhūmikā
CHAPTERADHYĀYA
1 The Nature of Gaṇeśa—Śrī Gaṇeśasya Svabhāvaḥ
2Letters from Lord Gaṇeśa—Śrī Gaṇeśasya Patrāṇi
3Gaṇeśa’s Five Powers—Śrī Gaṇeśasya Pañchaśaktayaḥ
4 In Science and Beyond—Vijñāne Parataścha
5 Forms of Gaṇeśa—Gaṇapateḥ Svarūpāṇi

The 32 Forms of Gaṇeśa

Gaṇeśa Iconography

6 Sacred Symbols—Puṇyalakshaṇāni
7 Symbol of Auspiciousness—Swastikam
8 The Primal Sound—Gaṇeśaḥ Praṇavātmakaḥ

A Graphic Collection of Thirty-six Aums

9 Master of the Word—Bṛihaspatiḥ
10 Mantra Recitation—Gaṇapati Japaḥ

A Special Collection of Gaṇeśa Mantras

11 Prayers to Lord Gaṇeśa—Gaṇapati Prārthanāḥ

Prayers of Invocation

Prayers of Supplication

Praise, Adoration and Thankfulness

Daily Prayers for Children

Śrī Gaṇeśa Upanishad

Mahā Gaṇeśa Pañcharatna Stotram

Gaṇeśa Invocation

Food-Blessing Chant

Prayer for Offering Incense

Peace Invocation

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Gaṇeśa Home Liturgy—Gaṇapati Pūjā

The Sanctity of the Home Shrine

Instructions for Pūjā

Gaṇeśa Pūjā

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Around the World—Paribhuvanam

Visions of Lord Gaṇeśa

The Favorite God of Mahārāshṭra

14Questions and Answers—Praśnottarī
15 Sacred Festivals—Puṇyotsavāḥ

Gaṇeśa Chaturthī

Gaṇeśa Visarjana

Vināyaka Vratam and Mārkali Pillaiyar

Pañcha Gaṇapati

16 Sweet Offerings—Mishṭānna Naivedyam
17 Saint Auvaiyār Mā—Sādhvī Auvaiyār Mā

Vināyaka Ahaval

Saint Auvaiyar’s Approach to Vināyaka

18 In Praise of Pillaiyar—Pillaiyar Stutiḥ
19 Singing to Gaṇeśa—Gaṇeśa Bhajanam

Singing to the Gods, an Inspired Talk

A Collection of Hymns to Lord Gaṇeśa

20 Gaṇeśa Puzzles—Gaṇapati Prahelikāḥ
21 Hinduism: the Greatest Religion in the World
Hindudharmaḥ Mahattamo Viśvadharmaḥ
22 How to Become a Hindu
Hindū Katham Bhūyate

Conclusion—Nirvāhaṇam

Sanskrit Pronunciation—Ucchāraṇa Vyākhyā

Glossary—Śabdāvalī

Supplementary Reading—Granthavidyā

Internet Resources

Colophon—Antyavachanam

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