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1 Devdutt Pattanaik
7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art
Westland Limited; New Delhi, India; 8189975676 / 9788189975678; Softcover; New; 
Hindu mythology abounds with fascinating gods, goddesses and characters whose visual representations - through calendar art - are equally colourful. Hindu calendar art may seem fantastic and kitsch, but it is in fact the most democratic expression of a mythic imagery that was once restricted to temple walls and palm leaf manuscripts. These portraits of the Hindu pantheon of gods and the stories that surround them can be found on the walls and puja rooms of almost every Hindu household in India. Rich in symbols, each image is a piece of an ancient metaphysical jigsaw puzzle. In this book Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik, India`s renowned mythologist, decodes these symbols to reveal a wisdom that has nourished India for thousands of years. Printed Pages: 177. 109536

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2 Devdutt Pattanaik
7 Secrets of Shiva
Westland Limited; New Delhi, India; 9789380658636; Softcover; New; 
In 7 Secrets Of Shiva, Pattanaik begins his analysis of Hindu mythology by looking at the conflict between Western methodology and Hindu devotees. He states that when Western scholars and academicians examine Hindu mythological symbols such as the Shiva Linga, they are more concerned about the objective representation. Objectively it is a phallus, but subjectively it represents a mind that is unstirred and happy. Hindu devotees are more concerned with the latter explanation and therefore ignore the former during their worship.In a similar style of analysis, Pattanaik goes on to decipher the seven forms of Lord Shiva. In the first chapter titled Lingeshwara, the author goes beyond the meaning of a phallic symbol. Instead, the Lingeshwara represents mental stimulation, happiness, and a focused mind. In the second chapter titled Bhairava, Lord Shiva’s form rids fear and predation. With the banishment of fear, the mind is able to continue on the path to inner happiness. In the third and fourth chapters titled Shankara and Bholenath, Shiva is portrayed as a householder and as the counterpart of the goddess Shakti.Their union symbolises the propagation of the species. It also explains how the goddess attempts to get Shiva to participate in the material world. The fifth and sixth chapters are concerned with Shiva’s sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. It explains how Ganesha removes scarcity, and promotes a good life, prosperity, and knowledge. Kartikeya wards off evil doers and predation. The final chapter is titled Nataraja, and it represents the universe’s movement. When Lord Shiva performed the Tandava, he was destroying the Universe. Apart from deciphering the symbolism behind Hindu mythology, Pattanaik has included illustrations, photographs, poster art, and blurbs to give readers a visual dimension to the explanation. 109565

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3 Devdutt Pattanaik
7 Secrets of the Goddess
Westland Limited; New Delhi, India; 9789384030582; Softcover; New; 
This is a book that is meant to be read with full concentration and at the same time can be thoroughly enjoyed. Dr. Pattanaik takes mythology out of its comfort zone and spins a whole new way of looking at the world, balancing between humanity and nature.7 Secrets of the Goddess in its entirety and singularly is a book that breaks barriers of gender, identity, male or female domination and does so beautifully through mythology and its importance in our lives. The book is innovative, it makes you think and not just about Hindu mythology, and above all, what struck me most unique is that it does not preach. Devdutts writing is easy, simple to understand and not pedantic at all. At no point, as a reader you would want to let go of the book. A must read for those who want to know more about Indian mythology and also for those who are just discovering it. 109687

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4 Devdutt Pattanaik
7 Secrets of Vishnu
Westland Limited; New Delhi, India; 9789380658681; Softcover; New; 
The author is proficient in writing about Hindu mythology and beliefs. In this book, 7 Secrets Of Vishnu, he goes into Vaishnavite philosophy and stories of Vishnu.Vishnu is the Preserver of the Hindu Trinity, Brahma is the Creator, and Shiva is the Destroyer. Being the Preserver, Vishnu is the God who comes to the aid of Devas, humans and even animals when they are in desperate situations.It is Vishnu who takes numerous avatars or incarnations and descends into the world of humans and restores order. The most famous among his incarnations are celebrated as the Dasavatar or the Ten Avatars. Among these are Rama and Krishna.This book explores these avatars and other stories. The author presents Vishnu as the God who shows the importance of the material world and the need for material growth in order to fully attain spiritual wisdom.The book also draws a parallel between the progression of his avatar in different forms, and evolution. The first avatar was Matsya, a fish. Next he is an amphibian, Kurma, the Tortoise. Then comes the Boar, Varaha, followed by a combination of human and beast, Narasimha. This is followed by the dwarf, Vamana, and the fierce Parasurama.After this comes Rama, a wise and cultured man. As Krishna, he showed that it is possible to indulge in the game of life and yet be a wise person who emphasizes the thoughts behind one’s actions. As the yet to come Kalki, he demonstrates the need to let go of status quo in order to bring in a change for the better.Besides these, 7 Secrets Of Vishnu also explores the story of Lakshmi and her sister, Alakshmi, and that of Saraswati. It looks at Narada, the sage who is known as a troublemaker, and the reason behind this. It explains why people don’t worship Brahma the Creator. It also explores the philosophical significance of the various stories and the importance and meanings of rituals and symbols used in the worship of Vishnu. 109566

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5 Devdutt Pattanaik
Devi: The Mother Goddess: An Introduction
Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd; Mumbai, India; 8187111453 / 9788187111450; Paperback; New; 
This is an attempt to understand the meaning of Goddess worship in our time. Written in simple narrative style, it takes us through Shakta imagery, philosophy, beliefs, customs, history, folklore and myth. The book reaches to young and old alike, bringing together tales of Adi-Maya-Shakti, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, Kali, Durga as well as several village-Goddesses such as Kanyakumari, Vaishnav-Devi, Bahucharmata and heroines such as Anasuya, Arundhati and Savitri. Also included are tales of ancient Goddesses who were once worshipped in other parts of the world such as Isis, Ishtar, Aphrodite and Diana. Highlights include lucid explanations and a pictorial key to numerous symbols associated with Shakta customs and Tantrik rituals, a map showing important Devi temples, a bibliography for those interested in learning more and over 150 illustrations of which many are in colour. Printed Pages: 135. 033960

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6 Devdutt Pattanaik
Hanuman: An Introduction
Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd; Mumbai, India; 8187111941 / 9788187111948; Reprint; Paperback; New; 
Hanuman, the lord of monkeys, is one of the few gods in Hinduism to be worshipped across caste lines by followers of the Shaiva, Vaishnava and Shakta orders. He is admired for his strength, scholarship, wisdom, humility and celibacy. "This book is an attempt to understand the imagery, ritual and philosophy associated with Hanuman worship in our time. At its heart is a single narrative on the life of the monkey-god woven out of plots and ideas found in the Valmiki Ramayana, Mahabharata, various Puranas and several vernacular Ramakathas. Also included are tales found in Jain Ramayanas and the Ramayanas of South East Asia. "Highlights include lucid explanations, a map showing the traditional journey of Rama to Lanka through Kishkinda, the text and translation of the Hanuman Chalisa, and over 100 illustrations, many of them in colour. Printed Pages: 144. 038029

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7 Devdutt Pattanaik
Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth and Fortune. An Introduction
Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd; Mumbai, India; 8184620195 / 9788184620191; Paperback; New; 
Lakshmi, the goddess of material abundance, affluence, authority and auspiciousness, is the most popular goddess of the Hindu pantheon. An understanding of her helps one appreciate the Hindu attitude towards wealth and power. This book brings together:Stories of the goddess compiled from Vedas, Puranas, Tantras and folk narrativesOver 200 images from different parts of India, from different times, each in a different styleSymbols associated with fertility that are an integral part of Lakshmi worship Explanation of her attributes and her enigmatic association with demons and the nether regionsDescription of rituals, temples, and festivals dedicated to herePhilosophical and metaphysical thoughts that make her worship significant even in modern times108 names of the goddess that hold the promise of material fulfillmentText and simple translation of Kanakadhara (inflowing gold) Stotra of Adi Shankaracharya. Printed Pages: 118. 001587

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8 Devdutt Pattanaik
Shiva: An Introduction
Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd; Mumbai, India; 8184620136 / 9788184620139; Paperback; New; 
This is an attempt to understand the meaning of Shiva worship in our time exploring various pictorial images of Shiva iconography, taking us through Shaivite philosophy, beliefs, history, folklore and myth. Written in a simple narrative style, and interspersed with familiar and unfamiliar tales retold, the book reaches out to young and old alike. Highlights include lucid explanations and a pictorial key to numerous symbols associated with Shaivite ritual and festival practices, a map of India showing important Shiva temples including the twelve jyotir-lingas, a list of 108 sacred names of Shiva with their meanings, a bibliography for those interested in learning more, and over 150 illustrations of which many are in colour. Shiva-Maheshvar Let me meditate on the supreme god, who wears the crescent moon as a crown, whose dazzling form is adorned by the five dements of the universe, who holds in his four hands the weapon of the axe, the deer, who is fulfilment and forgiveness, as his worshipper desires, who sits on the world lotus in perpetual repose, who is of wisdom, desire and action, who is the source and the goal of life and who will embrace all creatures at the end removing their fear of death. Acknowledgements On Writing this Book Approach of Shiva II Marriage of Shiva III Embrace of Shiva IV Sons of Shiva V Exploits of Shiva VI Manifestations of Shiva VII Warriors of Shiva VIII Companions of Shiva IX Devotees of Shiva X Symbol of Shiva XI Attributes of Shiva XII Worship of Shiva XIII Festivals of Shiva XIV Temples of Shiva XV History of Shiva XVI Essence of Shiva 108 Names of Shiva Glossary Select Bibliography. Printed Pages: 126. 037857

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9 Devdutt Pattanaik
The Book of Ram
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0143065289 / 9780143065289; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed pages: 224 with 13 b/w illustrations. 026830

Price: 5.95 USD
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10 Devdutt Pattanaik
Vishnu: An Introduction
Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd; Mumbai, India; 8187111127 / 9788187111122; Paperback; New; 
This is an attempt to understand the meaning of Vishnu worship in our time. Written in simple narrative style, it takes us through Vaishnava imagery, philosophy, beliefs, customs, history, folklore and myth.This book brings together legends and lores from written and oral traditions of India to give an account of the heritage inspired by Vishnu.In the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, Vishnu is the protector of the cosmos who preserves life, making sure that all creatures enjoy a meaningful existence.Respected by gods, feared by demons and adored by humans, Vishnu sits in the highest heaven Vaikuntha, instituting and maintaining the sacred, moral and ethical order of dharama to ensure harmony in the three worlds. Whenever these laws are broken, whenever chaos and evil threaten the universe, Vishnu takes the form of man or beast to fight the forces of disorder and to reestablish dharma. Through these incarnations, or avatars, he maintains the integrity of the cosmic fabric. This book reaches out to young and old alike, retelling familiar legends of Rama and Krishna as well as unfamiliar ones like those of Vishnu's consort and son. Also included are tales of his lesser known incarnations such as Prithu, Hamsa, Hayagriva and Mandhata. Based on his mythological studies, the author has tried to assimilate the various strands - mythology, sociology, philosophy - that have gone in the making of a god of the Hindu pantheon - Vishnu - into his present day acceptance as an object of devout worship and a symbol of sublime art. Highlights include lucid explanations and a pictorial key to numerous symbols associated with Vaishnava customs and rituals, a map showing important Vishnu temples, a bibliography for those interested in learning more and over 200 illustrations of which many are in colour. Printed Pages: 130. 026889

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