Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Ganapati Art History

Ganapati Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Ganapati Masterworks
- Outline Page
- Painting
- Sculpture
- Mandala
- Yantra
- Region
- Early Period: 11th to 14th century
- Middle Period: 15th to 17th century
- Late Period: 18th to present
- Elephant Imagery
- Monkey Imagery
- Confusions
- Others...

- Ganapati Introduction
- Is the Hindu Ganapati & the Buddhist Ganapati the Same?
- A Ganapati Painting
- Elephant Imagery in Art
- Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God (Book Review)

Buddhist Sanskrit texts use the term Ganapati as do the dharani and mantra fomulas. Ganesh/Ganesha is the name most commonly used by modern Shaiva and Vaishnava Hindu religious followers for the elephant headed god. The name Ganapati is also used. Ganesha is the more proper Sanskrit pronunciation and Ganesh follows the modern Hindi pronunciation. Vinayaka is another term used by Buddhists for the elephant headed god especially when appearing under the feet of Shadbhuja Mahakala or the Charya Tantra form of Bhutadamara Vajrapani.

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Jeff Watt 5-2006 [updated 3-2011, 5-2017, 12-2019]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).