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The Kapalik Ganapati : Gaṇeśa of Singosari

The Kapalik Ganapati : Gaṇeśa of Singosari

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The Kapalik Ganapati : Gaṇeśa of Singosari

javanese 12 th century Hinduism
The Kapalik Ganapati : Gaṇeśa of Singosari

javanese 12 th century Hinduism

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Published by: Vishnu Arya on May 06, 2013
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The Kapalik Ganapati :
Gaṇeśa of Singosari
edt. By Vishnu arya
The Goddess Pārvatī 
gave birth to Gaṇeśa
during a longlasting
absence of her husband Śiva. When Śiva
returned he found ayoung boy
- near his residence. Assuming the boy
was an enemy the outraged Śiva
decapitated the boy. This, of 
course, caused immense grief to Pārvatī. So, in order tocomfort his wife Śiva
quickly revived Gaṇeśa’s life by
seizingthe first head of a living being he encountered. The first livingcreature he encountered happened to be an elephant, thus
decapitated the elephant’s head and put it on Gaṇeśa’s
 During the fifth century A.D.
the popularity of Gaṇeśa
in India. Beside belonging to the Śiva
cult, Gaṇeśa
also wasworshipped as a separate deity. He was, and still is, invoked bythe people to remove any obstacles they may encounter out of their way. This is also why his vehicle is the rat, for the rat isskilled in avoiding any kind of obstacle he may come across.
Over time, Gaṇeśa’s popularity even reached the Royal Courtsof Java. The Gaṇeśa
statue of Singosari is built by KingKritanagara (1268-1292). The deity sits on a throne which issurrounded with human skulls around it. There are also skulls
depicted on Gaṇeśa’s body. An explanation for the depictionsof skulls can be found in King Kritanagara’s philosophy
), namely tantrism. Tantrism, in this context, is

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