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Shiva: An Introduction

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Written in a simple narrative style and interspersed with familiar and unfamiliar tales retold, Shiva - An Introduction, enables the reader to understand the meaning of Shiva worship and it reaches out to the young an old. Highlights include lucid explanations and a pictorial key to numerous symbols associated with Shaivite ritual and festival practices, a map of India sho ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Vakils Feffer & Simons Ltd
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Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Although this book doesn't quite have the crisp assuredness of Pattanaik's other books on deities like Vishnu or Hanuman, this is a great ready reckoner all the same on Shiva, a god who lives on the fringe of society, yet gets pulled into it by Shakti.

There are legends, stories, illustrations and some wonderful explanations on the symbology of Shiva. Pattanaik excels in bringing in a story-telling tone to some sections which bring alive the legend of the Destroyer.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book is a collection of almost disconnected instances on Shiva that support his various Nataraja, Mahadev or Neelkantha. It left a dissatisfying feeling as the instances retold were mostly well known or not so significant. I'm sure I learnt a thing or two about Shiva but I'm unsure that it's made me any wiser. Maybe the 7 secrets would...
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Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (born December 11, 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat ...more