Ganesa Beyond The Indian Frontiers

Introduction of Ganesa Beyond The Indian Frontiers
Introduction of Religio-Cultural Emissaries From India

Introduction of Ganesa Beyond The Indian Frontiers


Ganesa did not achieve as much popularity in Tibet as he did in Nepal This may possibly have been due to the widespread Mahayana Buddhism in that land. However, a few images have been found in western Tibet where he was looked upon as a powerful guardian against demons and evil spirits. It is interesting to note that in this role. of guardian his image was placed above the main entrance to Tibetan temples, including Buddhist temples. This is basically a Hindu tradition, for, we find in India from 8th century onwards that the images of Ganesa were carved on the entrance to Hindu temples. This entamblature block-Ganesa-pat!ika is to be found in all the Hindu temples of later period. It is therefore most likely that the tradition travelled to Tibet from India along with the worship of Ganesa.

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The statue of Ganesa (Tibet)

The Siva temple at Virmand has over its door an image of Ganesa while near the Gelupa monastery at Tabo, in a Buddhist temple is a statue of Ganesa which Francke believes to have been originally placed above the entrance.s Here Ganesa is represented two-armed one of which has a bowl of sweets. In another Mahayana Buddhist temple at Tabo he is carved on the wooden doors along the divinities of the Buddhist pantheon. Similarly, the figure of Ganesa is painted on the wall above the doors of the principal entrance of a temple at Lhakhang.

Female forms of Ganesa are extremely are. In India the most noteworthy is the Ganesani in the 64 Yogini temple at Bheraghat (M.P.). In Tibet also we come across female forms of Ganesa. The Buddhist in Tibet depicted the female and male forms of Ganesa, as being trampled upon by Mahakala, Krsnamajusri and other Buddhist gods.