Ganesh Jee | Miscellanea-6
Goddess Vinaayakee or Ganeshaanee, also known as Gajaananee, Ganesharee or Vighneshwaree, is the feminine form of Lord Ganesh. Goddess Vinaayakee is the idol worshipped in Tamilnaadu. Vinaayakee or Ganeshaanee is considered as a form of Shakti rather than a Yoginee Devtaa.
Appearance of Goddess Vinaayakee:
Vigneshwaree or Ganeshaanee – Feminine Ganesh in Suchindram:
A village called Cigar in Rajasthan, the feminine form of Ganesh called Vighneshwaree is worshipped in an ancient Shiv temple. In the Ved, the appearance of Vidaya Ganapati is described as feminine form of Ganapati.
Vyaaghrapaad Ganeshaanee - Enigma of Lord Ganesha’s Female Form:
Also in Madurai, Ganesh is worshiped as Vyaaghrapaad Ganeshaani, in female form with tiger feet. Some say that this form belongs to the Rudra Gan. We also see the description of the female form of Ganapati in the Mantra Shaastra. This form is called as Vallabh Ganeshaanee. This form has not gained much popularity. The Ganeshaanee Moorti in Sukhaasan pose resides at Suchindram. There are two other temples in India with the female Ganesh form. One is at a tenth-century temple dedicated to sixty-four yoginis in Bheraghat, a village near Jabalpur. The other is the Tanumalaya Swaamee Temple in Suchindrum, Kerala. In Tibet She is worshiped as Gajananee.
Vinaayakee or Ganeshaanee, the Shakti of Vinaayak or Ganesh, is a
comparatively less known goddess in Indian iconography. Even as the
female energy of Vinaayak, one of the five major gods of the Hindu
pantheon, her worship was not much popular in ancient India. It was
probably due to the rise of the Ganapatya cult, Yoginee worship and
The well-known Chaunsath (64) Yoginee Temples at Rikhian, Bhedaaghaat, Heeraapur and Raaneepur-Jhariyaal enshrine the images of Vinaayakee along with other Yoginee. A few sculptures and bronzes discovered in various parts of India prove beyond doubt that she was also worshipped as a cult divinity by her devotees. Besides these, Vainayakee as a Buddhist Taantrik goddess Ganapati Hridyaa has also been found represented in the Taantrik paintings from Nepaal.
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Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on May 17, 2013