Ganesha is one of the most popular and loved of the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Everything auspicious starts with invoking his name. Here's a selection of wonderful books that I'm sure will delight readers and storytellers of all ages, and would brighten your collection of books on Hindu mythology and Indian culture. All of them well illustrated, entertaining and promises interesting reading.
"Loving Ganesa" by Satguru Subramuniyaswami
An elaborate 'all-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask' book about Ganesha, subtitled "An Illustrated Resource on Dharma's Benevolent Deity, Remover of Obstacles, Patron of Art and Science, Honored as First Among the Celestials", written by the late Gurudeva of Hawaii, covers Ganesha's powers, pastimes, mantras, nature, science, forms, sacred symbols, milk-drinking miracle and more...
"Ganesha: The Auspicious..." by Jagannathan and Krishna
Equally appealing to the layman, the scholar and the devotee, this is a well-researched volume. Illustrated with a number of photographs and line drawings, this comprehensive book covers all aspects of Ganesha, bringing out the relevance and importance of Ganesha from ancient times to the present day, covering historical and archaeological evidence, legends and parables, imagery and symbolism.
"The Broken Tusk" by Uma Krishnaswami, Maniam Selven
This rare collection of Hindu mythological tales for young readers features 17 stories about Ganesha - 'Ganesha's Head,' 'The Broken Tusk,' and 'Why Ganesha Never Married' - including one from Mongolia, where Ganesha entered the Buddhist tradition. Full of entertaining pen-and-ink illustrations, it also includes a pronunciation guide, glossary, and a prefatory discussion on Hindu mythology.
"Ganesha - Remover of Obstacles" by Manuela Dunn MascettiThis book makes a great gift for someone at the threshold of a change or venturing into a new territory - entering a new job, new house, new business, or kicking off a new relationship. It comes in a box, and contains tales of Ganesha's powers as a protector, beautifully decorated with 30 illustrations, and includes mantras, prayers, sacred symbols, songs and instructions on conducting a Puja.
"The Elephant Prince - The Story of Ganesh"
Author Amy Novesky retells the authentic version of how the Ganesha got his elephant head as told in the 'Brahma Vaivarta Purana'. Belgin K. Wedman's lovely illustrations reminiscent of classic Indian miniatures add to the beauty of the book. The narration is direct and suitable for read-alouds to small children. This is indeed a beautiful book to possess.
Anantha Vinayakudu – Book on Ganesha released
‘Anantha Vinayakudu’, a book on Lord Ganesha authored by former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University V. Balamohandas, was released in the city on Friday. Former Rector of Andhra University and Director of Centre for Policy Studies, A. Prasanna Kumar, who released the book, remarked that it was as if Ganesh Chaturthi festival was being celebrated a week in advance. He appreciated the uncanny nature of the book which combined management, politics and governance would be useful not only to the religious-minded but to non-believers as well. Noted Telugu scholar K. Malayavasini who reviewed the book said that the author who penned it during his three-month sojourn in Russia came out with all details of the elephant-faced god, including prayer verses in 59 chapters. A galaxy of city elite – managing director of Chairman of Sri Saranya Venkateswara Swamy temple and Pydah educational institutions Pydah Krishna Prasad, Vijaya Nirman S. Vijaya Kumar, founder-trustee of Sampath Vinayaka temple T.S. Rajeswaran, managing director and of Kumarraja Projects and sponsor of the book K. Kumarraja, principal of Gayatri Vidya Parishad College P. Raja Ganapathi, chairman of Gopala Krishna Foundation PVGK Murthy, and surgeon from Gajapathinagaram BSR Murthy were on the dais.