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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 listeners to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them. He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, as well as the symbolism, rituals and reasons behind Hindu worship.

©2011 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Very Beautiful Shiva

The book is awesome! It doesn’t just give you the secrets but gives you the deep meaning behind those secrets.

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No Secret

Had hoped to learn some unknown secrets about Shiva but ended up listening to some stories behind Shiva's names. Not worth buying for sure

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5 Star author and reader! They should team up!

I would like to kindly request the author and reader to kindly team up and write and read more books likes this in relation to Hindu mythology. I’m here to listen. I want to be the first to listen to this awesomeness.
Please please please. And thank you for this master piecework

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A revolutionary look at Hinduism and Shiva

Phenomenal Book, Here is a little background about me, I was raised Hindu yet always had my doubts specially from being made to do it but reading this has given me a new lease on it, this book has redefined Hinduism for a Hindu all too bored of being forced.

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  • 08-11-18

Gaze expanding

Amazing journey from Shiva(purusha) to shakti(prakriti, sanskriti and brahmand) through their sons and other forms. Sometimes encourages readers towards author's bias of Shankra (wordly manners) Vishnu like god while the actual Shiva state is free from it.
Good metaphors, wish it was longer and more in depth.