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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Devdutt Pattanaik Narrator: Mr. Sanjay Iye Publisher: booksTALK Audiobooks & Westland Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shiva, 'the destroyer' among the Hindu trinity (of gods), is depicted in many contradictory manners. He is an ascetic who wears animal skin, his body smeared with ashes. Contradictory to his wild nature, he is also depicted as having a family, with a beautiful wife and two children. There are many more such varied representations of Shiva, the most prominent of these being the Linga and the Nataraja. The author, Devdutt Pattanaik, introduces the readers to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them. He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, things that might puzzle people who are not familiar with Hindu culture and religious symbolism.

The author has taken up seven aspects of Shiva worship from Hinduism, which are nothing but seven different forms of Shiva worship. Shiva is worshipped in many forms, as the Lingeshwara, Kala Bhairava, Sundareshwara, Shankara, and Nataraja, and the author goes into each form and analyzes what it represents. He also discusses Shivas two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya. He goes into the symbolism behind these forms and provides his interpretation. This book serves as a nice introduction to Shaivite concepts and explains many stories, both known and unknown, the symbolism, and rituals and the reasons behind Hindu worship.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Archita Gupta | 11/29/2013

    " It gave a sneak peak into some interesting mythological facts. Go for it if you interested in mythology, otherwise it might become draggish at one point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karishma | 10/9/2013

    " Great insight of the God of Gods... Shiva! Jai ho Bholenath! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Praveen | 10/6/2013

    " quite a good read for mythological lover...must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sasitharani Jagadeshprabu | 9/4/2013

    " I liked the book very enlighting like the pictures u dont get of the mythology because of the pictures.. Liked the aurthors way of writting already read jaya now looking forward to 7 secrets of vishnu "

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