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Buddhist Deity: Ganapati Iconography

Ganapati Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Outline Page
- Ganesha (Shaiva Hindu)
- Vinayaka under the feet of Shadbhuja Mahakala (Kriya Tantra)
- Vinayaka under the feet of Bhutadamara Vajrapani (Charya Tantra)
- Retinue Figure in various Kriya, Charya & Yoga Tantras
--- Trailokyavijaya Mandala (1037 Deity)
--- Paramadya Vajrasattva Mandala (77 Deity)
--- Sarvavid Vairochana Mandala (37 Deity)
--- Chakravarti Guna Mandala
--- Trailokyavijaya with 9 Bhairavas Mandala
--- Trailokyavijaya with 8 Mahadevas Mandala
--- Chakrasamvara, Raudra Samvara Mandala
- Thirteen Enemy Gods (Dralha Chusum)
- Kolpo Kundali (as a retinue figure)
- Three faces, Six Hands, Ragavajra (Atisha Tradition)
- One Face, Four Hands (white, red or blue)
- One Face, Twelve Hands, Maharakta (red) (Maharakta Outline Page)
- One Face, Two Hands (white)
- Nyingma Forms of Ganapati (Revealed Treasure)
- Others...
- Confusions
- Others...

The primary function of Ganapati in Tantric Buddhism is that of a wealth deity - a meditation and ritual practice done for the purposes of obtaining wealth. Most forms of Ganapati belong to the Kriya classification of Buddhist Tantra. In the 11th century Jowo Atisha popularized at least two forms of Ganapati in Tibet. The Indian Pandita Gayadhara introduced numerous other forms of Ganapati which came down through the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In the following centuries the Nyingma Tradition gave rise to numerous forms through the process of Revealed Treasure.

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