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By Devdutt Pattanaik

Ganesha has develop into the most renowned deities of Hinduim within the twenty first century.He is regarded everywhere.With an elephant-head,a plump physique and a potbelly he turns into a lovable and cuddly deity evoking feelings of serious affection. Hidden underneath this very obtainable shape is knowledge that may make us greater human beings.This e-book through India's preferable mythologist,Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik,is an try to spread that knowledge locked in numerous stories,symbols and rituals.

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The other texts are the smriti (things remembered) writings. These were composed by scholars and poets long ago and include texts on subjects such as ritual, law, and mythology, the two epics (pp. 38-41), and writings connected with the worship of deities such as Vishnu, Shiva, and the Great Goddess. The three white lines on this Brahmin boy’s forehead means he is a devotee of Shiva. READING AND WRITING The Hindu scriptures were originally transmitted by word of mouth from one priest to another.

The path teaches Buddhists how to overcome greed, hatred, and ignorance, which lead to suffering. CONSTANT CRAVINGS The animals in the centre of the Wheel of Life symbolize three faults that the Buddha believed people must overcome. These faults are hatred, ignorance, and greed – all of which involve craving. Hatred involves the craving to destroy. Ignorance and greed bring about craving for unnecessary things. The three animals chase each other in an endless circle, symbolizing the strong link between the three faults.

Durga’s victory over the buffalo-headed demon Mahishasura (p. 35) is the special event that is celebrated. People decorate statues of the goddess and may dance around her shrines. On the fourth day of the celebrations, statues of the goddess are immersed in rivers. But this is also a solemn time. Many people fast, and all offer worship to the goddess, giving the festival its popular name of Durga puja. Ganesh is adorned with a royal headdress. THE TENTH DAY Dussehra, or the “tenth day” occurs immediately after Navaratri and is a celebration of Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana (pp.

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