The Book of Ganesha by Royina GrewalGanesha, the elephant-headed god, is easily the most recognizable and loveable of Hindu deities. But pinpointing his various attributes is not quite so simple. He is at once the portly, merry, childlike god and the sage, complex philosopher. He is the presiding deity of material wealth and the lord of spirituality. He removes all impediments for his devotees but creates all manner of difficulties for the transgressors, man or god. And associated with every aspect of Ganesha-be it his extraordinary birth, his elephant head, his broken tusk, his vehicle (the mouse), his appetite, his anger-are scores of myths, each more colourful than the other. In this thoroughly researched and delightfully narrated book, Royina Grewal gives us the many stories of Ganesha, exploring their significance and how they reflect the times and the cultures during which they originated.
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Shri Ganesha is one of the most revered Gods in Hindu mythology and what better way for book lovers to celebrate this festival than by reading one of the Top 10 books available on Lord Ganesha. Most of these books can also be picked up by parents to instil in their children love and respect for their Lord and to introduce them to the ways of Hinduism.
Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases. Add to Wishlist. Ganesha has the unique distinction that his name is always invoked before any other God's name in any prayer service. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Same-Sex Love in India pp Cite as. G anesha, the elephant-headed god, is the son of Shiva and Parvati. The many differing accounts of his birth agree in describing it as occurring outside the womb. A folk etymology of one of his names, Vinayaka without a nayaka or leader, that is, peerless , relates it to his origin, that is, he is created without a male agent nayaka. Parvati creates rather than produces him. She fashions him as the Jewish Yahweh creates man out of clay.
Jump to navigation. Think anything auspicious in the Hindu context and Ganesha is one of the default visions. Because as legend has it, Ganesha was to be the first lord of worship during any religious procession or celebration. That being said, we know how the Ganesh Chaturthi fever is already taking over our lives. But as we get ready to gorge on modaks and chant aartis dedicated to the destroyer of obstacles, here are a few things about the cutest lord of them all you probably didn't know:.