Friday, September 13, 2013
Shri Ganpati Festival Special - Part 5
Are you a Ganapatya?
The Ganpatyas are Hindus who worship Ganesha (also called Ganapati) as the supreme principle is the universe – Brahman! Just as a worshipper of Vishnu is called a Vaishnav, a worshipper of Shiva is called Shaiva, a worshipper of Devi, a Shakta, worshipper of Lord Surya, a Shaurya, a worshipper of Ganapati is called a Ganpatya. To a Ganpatya, Lord Ganesha is Saguna Brahman or the Brahman with attributes. While most Hindus invoke Ganesha’s name before beginning any auspicious journey, puja or ceremony, Ganpatyas worship Ganesha as their Ishta Devata.
Ganpatyas were a widespread sect in the 17th and 18th centuries, and continues to hold sway in some Chinchwad and Moragaon in Maharashtra.
So, are you a Ganpatya?
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