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How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head

Harish Johari and Vatsala Sperling

    The Hindu, Jain, Buddhist deity Ganesh is familiar world-wide for his elephant head on a human body. “However did this come about?” you may wonder. Lifetime Indian Tantric scholar and successful author Harish Johari has written a story of the events, beautifully illustrated by Dutch Master Artist Pieter Weltevrede. Johari tells how Parvati, Shiva’s consort and an incarnation of the great mother goddess, created a small boy from sandalwood soap while Shiva was away. Parvati commanded young Ganesh to guard the palace while she took her bath. Shiva returned home while Ganesh was on guard duty and did not appreciate being barred from his home. What happens next is Johari’s tale to tell. Co-author Vatsala Sperling learned Hinduism’s traditional stories at her mother’s feet. She loves retelling them to Western children. Pieter Weltevrede studied Northern Indian iconography painting techniques with Johari (a gifted painter and sculptor as well as scholar and author) and his work has received critical acclaim world-wide. You can find more of Weltevrede’s artistry in our stationary section, like his Ganesha card. This book is a sure winner for curious child readers. –

    • Hardcover, 32 pp.
    • Great for ages 6 – 9.
    • Author Johari made it his life’s work to introduce the culture of India to the West.
    • Johari and Sperling relate one of legends of how Lord Ganesh got his elephant head in language easily accessible to most young readers.

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