Devdutt Pattanaik is a pioneer of Hindu mythology. His works are meant for the new generation in order to enlighten them about the symbolisms, history, traditions and beliefs of Hinduism. The Devdutt Pattanaik Boxset, which consists of three books viz. 7 Secrets of Vishnu, 7 Secrets of Shiva and 7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art, throws light on lord Shiva, lord Vishnu and the representation of Hindu gods and goddesses in calendars.
The book in the set, 7 Secrets of Shiva, celebrates Lord Shiva and elaborates the myth and enigma surrounding him. The seven aspects of Shiva are covered in this book. Shiva is often worshipped in various forms; as a hermit, as a family man, as a tribal leader, as an ascetic, et al. Pattanaik covers all these forms in this book. He also studies the Lingeshwara, Bholenath, Nataraja, Kala Bhairava, Shankara and other symbolic forms. He also talks about Shiva's two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya, the other two forms of Shiva.
In 7 Secrets of Vishnu, Pattanaik studies the various traditions and stories surrounding Vishnu. That Vishnu had many avatars, is covered by Pattanaik in his book. Vishnu's ten major avatars represent the evolution of man, both physical and spiritual. Pattanaik educates the reader about this in a lucid manner. An interesting aspect of this book is the story of Lakshmi and Alakshmi, her sinister counterpart. It also talks about why Brahma isn't worshipped as a God in temples.
The third book in the set, 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art talks about the depiction of various Gods and Goddesses in calendars. The underlying symbolism is striking as Pattanaik explains the meaning behind their forms, their name, their weapons, their vehicles et al. The book also talks about the deeper meaning of the forms of Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Narayana, Ardhanari, Devi and others.
Devdutt Pattanaik is an expert on Hinduism and its various traditions and symbolism. He is the best-selling author of Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, Hanuman's Ramayan, Jaya, The Pregnant King and many more books based on Hindu mythology. He graduated from Mumbai's Grant Medical College with a degree in medicine. Apart from writing about Hindu mythology, he takes seminars and classes on business and life lessons learnt from Hindu scriptures and epics. This paperback book is listed online with the ISBN-13 number of 9789382618065.