About the Book: Writing about a hotly debated topic while giving a fresh perspective on it, Devdutt Patnaik puts forth one of his best works with “Shiva to Shankara – Giving form to the Formless”. A long-ranging argument has put the scholars and puritanical Hindus on opposite sides of this topic. On the one hand, we have scholars who describe Shiva’s linga as a phallus while on the other hand, puritanical Hindus wish to strip the Shiva linga of all sexual meaning and sanitize Shiva's lore. In both cases, a symbol is being reduced to a sign. So, in this book, Devdutt Pattanaik, India's leading mythologist, seeks to bridge this gap. As he explores the layers of meanings embedded in Shiva's linga, we discover why and how the Goddess transforms Shiva, the hermit, into Shankara, the householder.
About the Author: Devdutt Pattanaik Is a medical doctor by education, a leadership consultant by profession and a mythologist by passion. He has written and lectured extensively on the nature of stories, symbols and rituals and their relevance in modern times. He is the author of over thirty books, which include 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art (Westland), Myth = Mithya - A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin), Book of Ram (Penguin) and Jaya - An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (Penguin).
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