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7 Secrets of Shiva

7 Secrets of Shiva

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Westland
Shiva, 'the destroyer' among the Hindu trinity (of gods), is depicted in many contradictory manners. He is an ascetic who wears animal skin, his body smeared with ashes. Contradictory to his wild nature, he is also depicted as having a family, with a beautiful wife and two children.There are many more such varied representations of Shiva, the most prominent of these being the Linga and the Nataraja. The author, Devdutt Pattanaik, introduces the readers to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them.He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, things that might puzzle people who are not familiar with Hindu culture and religious symbolism.The author has taken up seven aspects of Shiva worship from Hinduism, which are nothing but seven different forms of Shiva worship. Shiva is worshipped in many forms, as the Lingeshwara, Kala Bhairava, Sundareshwara, Shankara, and Nataraja, and the author goes into each form and analyzes what it repre ... See more
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     Brilliant Read for Shiva Devotees!!!! 6 November, 2013 On
    7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Patnaik was an engrossing read. Filled with various symbolism related to Lord Shiv, this book was riveting! For those who are familiar with the legend, lore and stories of Lord Shiva, reading this book will be extremely enriching as all aspects regarding this remarkable God are explained in detail - Shiva as an immaculate dancer, benevolent protector, Goddess Parvathi’s consort and beloved father. To readers who are not so familiar, the book may be a bit daunting as there is a lot of information. But just as we all keep discovering God in various instances, we can keep going back to this book over and over again. And I too look forward to re-reading it.
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