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The Tantric Worship of Mahaganapati according to the Nityotsava and Other Texts, (In 2 Parts, Bound in One)

Gudrun Buhnemann (Author)

This volume documents the worship of Mahaganapati, a ten-armed form of Ganapati / Ganesa with a consort (sakti), according to four Tantric texts. Part I presets the Sanskrit text and an English translation together with commentary on chapter 2 of the Nityotsava, a work written by Jagannatha Pandita in 1745. The author based his work on the Parasuramakalpasutra, an anonymous 16th-or 17th century text probably composed in South India. The Parasuramakalpasutra and the Nityotsava are among the best-known and most respected works of the Srividya school of Hindi Tantra in contemporary India, and studied by many practitioners. Part II of this book focuses on three Tantric texts. The first subsection presents the Sanskrit text and a translation of a section of chapter 17 from the 12th-century Prapancasara. The second subsection provides an analysis and detailed summary of the section on Mahaganapati found in chapter 32 of the Srividyarnavatantra. The last section offer the Sanskrit text and a translation of the Vallabhesa Upanisad, a Tantric Upanisad related to the worship of Mahaganapati, who is referred to by the name Vallabhesa, the Lord of Vallabha (or Siddhalaksmi, the consort of Mahaganapati). 

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About the author

Gudrun Buhnemann

Gudrun Buhnemann is Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A. Her major publications include Budha-Kausika’s Ramaraksastora: A Contribution to the Study of Sanskrit Deveional Poetery (Vienna: Institut fur Universaitat Wien, 1983); Puja: A Study in Smarta Ritual (Vienna: Institut fur Universitat Wien, 1983) Forms of Ganesa: A Study based on the Vidyarnavatantra (Wichtrach: Institut fur Indologie, 1989); and The Iconography of Hindu Tantri Deities, Volume 1: The Pantheon of the Mantramahodadhi. Volume II: The Pantheon of the Propancasara and the Saradatilaka (Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 2000-2001).

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Title The Tantric Worship of Mahaganapati according to the Nityotsava and Other Texts, (In 2 Parts, Bound in One)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 28.06.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aditya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9788195764020