Gaṇapati / Gaṇeśa
(9,461 words)

Gaṇeśa is the fat-bellied god, instantly recognizable because of his elephant head set upon a human body. He has enjoyed considerable popularity in western and southern India for many centuries and is also becoming increasingly popular in the north. Additionally, his popularity is on the rise in We…

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Greg Bailey, “Gaṇapati / Gaṇeśa”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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