Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless

Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless (Hardcover)

By Devdutt Pattanaik 
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Publisher: harpercollins publishers india pvt. ltd.
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
EAN: 9789352641956
No. of Pages: 160
Binding: Hardcover
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About The Book

We live in times where people have extreme views. On the one hand, there are scholars who describe Shiva's linga literally as a phallus, and see all metaphoric meaning as embarrassed apology of the uneducated. On the other hand, we have puritanical Hindus who want to strip the Shiva linga of all sexual meaning and sanitize Shiva's lore. In both cases, a symbol is being reduced to a sign.

In Shiva to Shankara, Devdutt Pattanaik, India's leading mythologist, seeks to bridge the gap. As he explores the layers of meanings embedded in Shiva's linga, we discover why and how the Goddess transforms Shiva, the hermit, into Shankara, the householder.

About The Author

Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by education, a leadership consultant by profession, and a mythologist by passion. He has written and lectured extensively on the nature of stories, symbols and rituals, and their relevance in modern times. He is the author of over thirty books, which include 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art (Westland), Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin), Book of Ram (Penguin) and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (Penguin). To know more, visit devdutt.com.

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Title: Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless
Publisher: harpercollins publishers india pvt. ltd.
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
EAN: 9789352641956
No. of Pages: 160
Binding: Hardcover

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