Saturday, September 6, 2008

Antiquity of Vinayaka worship.

Vinayaka worship has been an integral part of worship by means of homa / yajna.

The seeds of Vinayaka worship is traced to customary recital in all rituals of the Rig vedic mantras “gananam ganapathim havamahe..” (2.23.1) and ‘vi su sida ganapathe..’ (10.112.9) In the beginning of any ritual, Vinayaka is consecrated by sankalpa and prayed for removing obstacle.

One of the earliest mention about Vinayaka worship can be traced to Valmiki Ramayana, wherein it has been mentioned by Valmiki in Pattabhisheka sarga in Yuddha khanda, (131- 114) that ‘devathas like Vinayaka stand fixed (reside) in the house of one where Ramayana is recited or heard.’ (“Vinayakaa cha saamyanthi gruhE thishtanthi”)

This means where Ramayana is recited or where Rama nama is sung, Lord Vinayaka takes care to see that the person does not get any obstacles in his endeavors.

Though he is known as Vishvaksena in the parivara - devatha group of Vishnu, he has been mentioned as Vinayaka by Valmiki, making us conclude that he was worshiped in Rama’s times for this special trait in removing vignas / obstacles.

Based on this it is not right to say that Vinayaka worship was there in northern lands and not in Tamilnadu.

Vinayaka in Tamilnadu:-

Tamilnadu’s connection with Rama started as early as at the time of Ramavathara itself when Vibheeshana left the image of Lord Ranganatha, the ‘kula dhanam’ of Rama, at Srirangam, in the island of kaveri.

Skeptics might say that this period saw no human habitation as Ramavathra happened in Thretha yuga, some 17 lakh years ago. This must be understood properly.

The information on Yuga calculation is a much misunderstood one. We have to look into Siddhanthic literature of Jyothisha to know about time measurement. As per Jyothisha Sidhanthas, there are 10 types of kala-mana (measurement of time) of which the yuga classification of the above mentioned order is about the time scale of the Sun (souramana). The Human scale of yuga classification begins with the ‘Panchavarshathmaka yuga of 5 year duration (refer in the side bar ‘must-be-read’) of 12 rounds measuring up to 60 years of human life named from Prabhava, Vibhava onwards in present times (adopted from ‘Vijaya’ onwards as in Brihaspathya mana). More on this in the earlier post

According to this time scale which is based on 28,800 year duration of Saptha rishi mandala measurement, Ramavathara took place 9000 years ago and Krishnavathara 5000 years ago.

Human habitation had exited then in Tamilnadu which was stretched far into the Indian ocean for more than 1000 miles and kings from this part had taken part in the yajnas conducted by king Dasaratha.

With Lord Ranganathar getting himself stationed at Srirangam, a community of devotees must have started thriving around this place. The Ramavathara recital must have started in Tamilnadu at that time itself and Rama-nama recital ensures the presence of Vinayaka around.

There is another proof for Vinayaka’s presence in Tamilnadu even before Ramavathara.

That was at the time of formation of river Kaveri.

If Tamilnadu takes pride in Kaveri as its river – the river that enriched the Chola lands, it is because of Vinayaka only.

But for him in the form of a crow, the river could not have flowed from the kamandal of sage Agasthya.

The first appearance of Kaveri flowing down the Tamil lands has been mentioned in the copper plates of Thiruvalangadu.

It happened before Ramavathara but after Bhageeratha brought the Ganga.

When and where Kaveri flowed, Agasthya must have been glorified there, so also Vinayaka who tricked him.

Another strong reason to say that Vinayaka was a God worshiped in Tamilnadu is his relationship with Lord Shiva and the so-called Tamil God Muruga.

If Shiva worship had been there in Tamilnadu from the antiquated Pandyan reign in the now sub-merged Kumari ever since Meenakshi- Sundaresar marriage took place and their son becoming the first king to rule as Gowriar ( son of Gowri ) (refer Thiruvilaiyadal puranam), and as ‘Panchavar’ as daughter of Gowri or PanchapaNi, surely Vinayaka worship also must have been there.

If Tamil nadu is known for worship of Tamil deivam, Murugan, then Vinayaka worship must have been there from then onwards or even prior to that.

Vinayaka worship must have been there as part yajnas, for, it was very much a practice for the kings to arrange for yajnas and Brahmins to conduct yajnas. (Thol kappiyan PuratthiNai sutra 20 – an example of it is ‘naLiyiru’ verse of Puranaanuru 26 as quoted by Nacchinaarkkiniyar).

A separate ‘kottam’ or temple might not have existed for Vinayaka.

But he was prayed in the beginning of all endeavors.

He can be consecrated at any place in any form just be thought force.

A detailed account of this was once written by Sri AM. Rajagopalan in Kumaudam Jyothidam.

From Texts:-

There had been reference to Vinayaka in sangam texts.

The term “piNi mukam” in verse 56 of Puranaanuru ( yetruval) refers to Vinayaka as per the undated commentary taken up from palm leaf writings and published by Dr U.Ve.Sa (Puranaanuru moolamum, uraiyum, 1950 edition).

Originally, ‘piNimukam’ means ‘peacock.

ChoodamaNi NigaNdu (3-50) has recorded piNimukam as the synonym of peacock.

Peacock was the in the flag of Vinayaka.

This peacock flag of Vinayaka was carried by Murugan in war fronts to remove all obstacles in his efforts.

This is mentioned in puranaanuru verse 56.

The lines 7 and 8 of this verse, “maNi mayil vuyariya maara vendri-p-piNimuka oordhi voN seiyyOn”

is explained by the urai asiriyar of undated past and unknown origin of a time in the past,

mayil kodiyai eduttha maaraadha vettriyai vudaiya, am-mayilaagiya oordhiyai vudaiya”

(translation- the peacock in the flag of that one who always wins, that peacock as the vehicle of Murugan).

The PiNimukam is not mentioned as elephant, but only as peacock.

Nowhere in ChoodamaNi nigaNdu, piNimukam is given as another name for elephant.

It is another name for peacock only.

PiNimuka oordhi is peacock- vehicle.

(also from Dhakka-yaaga-barani (114 urai) “pillaiyarudaiya dwja vaahanamaana thOgai mayilgaL”

(translation- The peacock is in his (pillaiyaar’s) flag and it is also his vehicle.)

But it can be noted that Pinimukam has been used as an inter-change between Vinayaka and peacock, since it is He who ensures victory through his peacock flag.

Dr U.Ve.Sa further gives corroboratory information from Kalladam in his foot note.

From the verse in Kalladam, we come to know that PiNimukam refers to Pillaiyar.

Kalladam mentions this peacock flag of Pillaiyar being taken in the front of army of Muruga.

piNimuka magjjai seru mukatthu yEndiya, mooviru thirumukatthoru vElavarku” (kalladam -7)

(translation- Velan of six (3x2) faces, holding piNimukam magjjai in the war-front)

Here Pini mukam and magjjai both mean peacock.

A repeat of it for two times can not make sense unless it is interpreted as ‘peacock’ of Vinayaka (PiNimukam) which was taken in front of the army.

It is inferred that since piNilukam or peacock is his flag, he also came to be known as PiNimukam. The flag with PiNimukam (peacock) is as though Vinayaka is leading the people in the form of the flag to remove all obstacles.

A corroboration of this is given by the urai asiriyar himself in the tips he has given.

“piNi mukam – pillaiyar yErum yaanai endrum sollubha” (page 137, “Puranaanuru moolamum, uraiyum, 1950 edition).

(translation - it used to be said that PiNimukam is the elephant mounted by pillaiyar)

Elephant and Pillaiyar carry a similarity in that both can cause obstacles if they want and also remove the obstacles if they want (Swami Harshananda in “Hindu Gods and Goddesses”).

The urai asiriyar considers that PiNimkukam as the elephant mounted by Pillaiyar.

But then elephant is again an inter-change for Vinayaka and one popular proof is that of Him in the form of an elephant helping in the marriage of Murugan with Valli.

(The places where the elephant is indicated as PiNimukam are Paripaadal 5 and Thirumurugaattru-p-padai 247.)

In addition to these, Ouvaiyar's Vinayagar agaval lend a Sangam antiquity to Vinayaka worship in Tamilnadu.

Vinayaka in Navagraha worship:-

Another information that readers must know is that Vinayaka is associated with Navagraha worship.

Since he is regarded as the Lord of Ganas, (Vedic hymn of “ganaanaam ..” ), all grahas come under his control.

Generally the term GaNa is associated with ‘marut ganas’ which were not formed fully when ‘arka’, the sun was born.

Cosmologically when the sun was formed from a supernova explosion, other parts of the supernova were scattered and could not become stars. These parts are very part of our neighborhood and are at time ramming into our solar system.

Some of them were captured as planets and have started going round the sun.

These gaNas are controlled by GaNapathi or Vinayaka.

Worship of him will help one in getting relief from the obstacles created by these gaNas popularly known as Gruhas.

Another dimension to His role as Navagraha pathi is the story related to moon waxing and waning.

Circumambulation or worship of navagrahas must be preceded by the worship of Lord Ganapathi

One must first worship ganapathi, make a sankalpa in mind for the worship / circumambulation of navagrahas for the many worries in one’s mind and seek permission from Ganapathi to do the worship of Navagrahas.

Then do the worship / circumambulation of navagrahas.

Then come back to the sannidhi of Lord Ganapathi and express in mind that the worship was done and then place one’s pleadings at the feet of Ganapathi to take care of the graha-chaara and their troubles to oneself. That is how the navagraha worship must be done.

Related article:-

32 Forms of Vinayaka from Mudgala purana in


Anonymous said...

Do take a look at this link -

It could be a possibility that humans existed for a lot more years before than what scientists believe.

I believe that humans existed 17 lakh years before.

- Sundar.

jayasree said...

Yes Sundar.

As per Hindu chronicles, life started on earth 1.95 billion years ago. It is interesting to note that it is roughly the time when life forms appeared on the earth according to scientists.Out of the 4,32,00,00,000 years of Brahma’s Day, nearly 2,16,00,00,000 years have been over. It has also been recorded in Surya Siddhantha that 1,970,784,000 is the age of the earth and 1,953,720,000 has been the period of man. What we can understand is that of the 4.32 billion years which is the age of the earth so far, 1.97 billion years has been the period when earth became “earth” fit enough for habitation and 1.95 billion years is the time since some form of life has come into existence. Since it is the same Jiva which is supposed to take births of sthavara and jangama in accordance with the purva karma, it might have been said like this.

Taking a look at the more recent activity of formation of Himalayas, it coincides with the time period of the beginning of the present manvanthra. In this, 27 cycles of Chathur yugas are over and we are in the 28 th chathur yuga. That means Ramavathara has happened 28 times in this Chathur yuga alone.

I go still further to say that the Chathur yuga is further split into Mini yuga cycle also known as Saptha rishi mandala cycle based on completion of precession of equinoxes around the zodiac. The calculation I have given is based on that. The Ramayana and corroboratory astronomical data point to Ramavathara of Valmiki Ramayana to this period only.

As per Rig veda and Surya Siddhantha, this mini yuga happens 15 times in Kali mahayuga and 150 times in a Chathur maha yuga.
That means a chathur maha yuga of 43,20,000 solar years will see Rama and Krishna's birth for 150 times.
Within the period before 17 lakh years that people believe that Thretha yuga happened, Rama was born more than 60 times!!

Anonymous said...


* But Madam, isn't it true that Rama ruled the world for 10,000 years?

* Isn't is true that people of previous Yuga's have longer lifespan?

* And as Kali comes to an end, people's lifespan would be reduced to a matter of days?

* Also, NASA's report of the bridge being around 17 lakh years old - has this been considered..?

- Sundar

jayasree said...

>>> But Madam, isn't it true that Rama ruled the world for 10,000 years?<<<<

I interpret it as Rama's name and dharma living for 10,000 years(it is actually 11,000years as mentioned by Valmiki). Even now the Ikshvaku neeti is relevant. I will write a series on this sometime in future. For the time being, you may browse the archives of for the 7 part series on this I wrote in that group.

>>>Isn't is true that people of previous Yuga's have longer lifespan<<<

Perhaps. Again here I make a distinction between the saptharishi or mini yuga and the Chathur yuga.
In Chathur yuga scale, the differences may be there. This issue also has been addressed by me in that series.

>>> And as Kali comes to an end, people's lifespan would be reduced to a matter of days?<<<

Perhaps in the end of KAli maha yuga. I have not looked into this so far.

>>Also, NASA's report of the bridge being around 17 lakh years old - has this been considered..?<<<

Considered for what?

If you have read my early posts in this blog on 'no aryan divide' discussing Sethu, you will find that I have detailed the digging up of what is now Bay of bengal by the sons of Sagara, Rama's ancestor.
Srilanka was connected with Indian mainland until then. From the accounts in Valmiki Ramayana, we infer that land was dug around Lanka but was stopped at what is now Sethu. Further digging went southwards on the east of Kumari that stretched to 1000 miles into the Indian ocean. I have produced evidence from Puranaanuru urai that the Bay of Bengal was a sea that was dug. In Tamil it is known as 'thodu kadal'- meaning 'thOndappatta kadal' ( a sea that was dug) which was filled by the river Ganga. That is why it was known as Ganga sagar (today as Bengal sagar).

The area over Sethu was not dug by them, that being an area where continental plates overlap. Digging has happened on both sides of the structure. This structure of a divide on the bed of ocean was further raised by Rama. So this bridge will exhibit both an antiquated structure and a later build-up on it. This is the hypothesis I can draw. Detailed analysis is given in my posts on Sethu.

Kumar Muthiah said...

Bull shit