Lord Ganesha is one of the most loved Gods in the Hindu mythology. The number of books written on him confirm his popularity. He has been widely written upon both in India and overseas. Each book id a masterpiece in its own sense. In this article we are going to discuss the 10 most popular books on Ganesha, so let’s begin (in random order),
1. The Elephant Prince – the story of Ganesh
By Amy Novesky
The author narrates the story of how Lord Ganesha got his elephant head. She remoulds the story, as told in the ‘Brahma Vaivarta Purana‘ in her own words and adds her own thoughts to it. The illustrations are done by Belgin K. Wedman and depict the classic Indian miniatures. The narration is direct and simple to understand, and that is the reason that the book is suitable for read aloud sessions for kids of ages 4 years and above. The book would be equally enjoyed by kids and adults and is surely a must have for Ganesha lovers and the ones who love reading.
2. The Book of Ganesha (Indian Gods and Goddesses)
By Royina Grewal
Lord Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and devotees seek his blessing at the beginning of a new venture. He has unique characteristics are both physical and emotional and these are being studied since historical times. The book is associated with different aspects of Ganesha, the legend related to his birth, how he got his elephant head, his broken tusk, his vahana (the mouse), his appetite and the love for modaks and his seldom seen anger. The book has different stories that signify a cultural and a religious journey.
3. Eternal Ganesha
By Gita Mehta
In Hindu mythology Lord Ganesha symbolizes prosperity, growth and well-being. His particular features like the elephant head, big ears, pot belly etc. make him the most beloved Gods. His vahana (mode of transport), the mouse depicts speed and can reach every nook and corner of the world. In this particular book, the author elaborates on the cultural and religious meanings behind Lord Ganesha’s stand out figure in various postures and positions. The added zing are the beautiful pictures that make the book more interesting and gripping.
4. Ganesha – Removing the Obstacles
By James H. Bae
In this illustrated book, the author talks about one of the most beloved deity of Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha. It talks how Ganesha got his elephant head, why is wearing a serpent belt around his waist and how he managed to overcome the rivalry with his brother, Skanda in a friendly and loving manner. The illustrations are exquisite and add to the beauty of the book.
5. Ganesha on the dashboard
By V. Raghunathan, M. A. Eswaran
Indians are greatly touched by religion, traditions and customs. But in this light hearted book, the author discusses the debate between religion and science and the scientific reasons to why Indians are so greatly associated with religion.
6. Loving Ganesha
By Satguru Subramuniyaswami
The subtitle of the book is “An Illustrated Resource on Dharma’s Benevolent Deity, Remover of Obstacles, Patron of Art and Science, Honored as First among the Celestials”. It is an elaborate description of various mantras (chants), prayers, incidents, powers, symbols and forms of Ganesha. The author is a master of Hinduism and gives us great insights into all the aspects with intricate details.
7. The Broken Tusk
By Uma Krishnaswami
This book is mainly targeted at the young readers and has 17 interesting stories about Lord Ganesha namely, Ganesha’s Head, The Broken Tusk, Why Ganesha Never Married etc. It also states a lesser known story of Ganesha in Mongolia where he became a part of the vivid and colourful Buddhist tradition. The numerous pen and ink illustrations make the book a great reading experience. It is loved equally by both youngsters as well as adults.
8. Ganesha: the auspicious…the beginning
By Nanditha Krishna and Shakunthala Jagannathan
It is an appealing book and would be savoured greatly by devotees, scholars and even a layman. It beautifully traces the journey of relevance and importance of Lord Ganesha from historical times to now. The book also covers other aspects like symbolism, historical and archaeological evidences through various eras and legends related to the deity. To add to the charm of the book are various photographs and line drawings. This one is surely a treat for all the Ganesha followers.
9. Ganesha – Remover of Obstacles
By Manuela Dunn Mascetti
This is certainly one of the greatest gifting options that you can give to someone entering a new venture, be it a new house, a new job or shifting to a new city, this is your best guide. It comes in a classic box and has 30 beautiful illustrations. It contains tales of Ganesha’s powers as a protector and also has mantras, chants, prayers, sacred symbols and songs. The best part about the book is that it gives the readers detailed information on how to conduct Lord Ganesha’s pooja and make offerings to your beloved God.
10. Ganesha goes to Lunch: Classics from mystic India
By Kamla K. Kapur
The book contains stories from Indian epic texts like the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and also from the Vedas and the Puranas. It tells the readers about gods and goddesses, kings and demons from various ancient Indian folklores. Gods in their heavenly abodes, human beings struggling with their day to day problems and how they deal with them and also a beautiful array of interaction between god and human. In addition to the spiritual theme that the author depicts through the pages of this book, there is a humane angle to this book.