Ganesa: Unravelling an Enigma

by Yuvraj Krishan


  • ISBN: 9788120814134, 8120814134
  • Year of Publication: 1999
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 895.00

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    Ganesa commands universal respect among the indigenous religious schools

    and sects of the Hindus, Jainas and Buddhists. He is a god who is unique in

    many ways--his peculiar physiognomy, his double character, as a vighnakarta

    (creator of obstacles) and as a vighnaharta (remover of obstacles). He is

    worshipped first to ensure success of all religious and secular functions

    and enterprieses. GAnesa is also the god of dance and music. The cult of

    Ganesa spread to various countries of Asia.

    The rise of Ganesa to pre-eminence in the orthodox Hindu pantheon, as one

    of the panca devatas, is truly remarkable. it is an ancient version of

    mundane legend: from Log Cabin to White House.

    There have been many studies of this god in recent years; this one is the

    most comprehensive, fully documented in original sources, textual and

    artistic, and profusely illustrated. It traces the origin and development

    of pauranika Ganesa, from pre-pauranika Vinayaka, a vighnakarta, into

    pauranika Ganesa, a vighnaharta analyses his distinctive features and

    studies his representation in art both in India and in the other countries

    of Asia. It seeks to unravel the enigma of a non-Vedic, non-epic and a

    non-Aryan god coming to occupy a place of honour in Hindu pantheon. The

    techniques adopted by the followers of Ganesa to promote his cult and

    status and the enduring results achieved make a fascinating study in 'PR'

    work.

    Review(s)

    The book is an excellent work of fine scholarship. - VHAVAN'S JOURNAL

    ...a very well researched book. - NATIONAL HERALD

    "...... a very erudite work on Ganesha....The book is very informative." - The Vedanta Kesari

    About the Author(s)

    Y.KRISHAN is a scholar in Indology--Indian History, Religion, Philosophy

    and Art. He has published over 150 research papers on these topics in

    journals of standing in India and abroad. These also cover the partition of

    India. At present he is doing a book on India's Partition.