Shiva to Shankara: Decoding the Phallic Symbol is a very interesting book that tries to find out the significance and importance of the Shiv linga. This book is not a writer�s fantasy; instead, it is very scientific in its approach and realistic. The author, at no point, allows mythology to take control of the book and tries to keep the content very rational and clear. This book is a great source of information on Hindu Mythology and is written by Devdutt Pattanaik, who is regarded as one of best commentators on Hindu mythology and is known as an expert in this field.
Shiva is one of the important figures in Hindu mythology. Right from the Vedas to the Puranas and other spiritual texts in Hindu religion, all talk about the greatness and heroics of Shiva. However, Shiva is not worshipped in his original form and it�s the Shiva linga that is worshipped. The book explains the different schools of thoughts in Hinduism also talks about the sexual connotations of the linga that sits in the female reproductive organ, the Yoni. The book also reveals various mysterious surrounding Lord Shiva.
Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor of medicine, leadership consultant, mythologist and an author. He is known as an expert in Hindu mythology and is also a famous mythologist. He completed his M.B.B.S. from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, and also did a course in Comparative Mythology from Mumbai University. Some of his books include Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, 7 Secrets of Shiva, The Book of Ram, 7 Secrets From Hindu Calendar Art and The Pregnant King.
This book is available online in paperback binding. It has an ISBN 10 number of 8188569046 and ISBN 13 number of 978-8188569045.