Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless - Devdutt Pattanaik

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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).


  • Written by India’s leading mythologist
  • Covers the much-debated topic of Shiva’s linga
  • Explains why scholars and puritanical Hindus are at opposite sides of this argument
  • Author tries to bridge the gap between these two
  • Suitable for mythology lovers and enthusiasts

Product Specifications

SKU ISBN-9789352641956
Publisher Harper Collins
Manufacturer India book distributors (Bombay) Ltd., Samhita Warehouse Complex, Plot No: 8-B, Gala No: 18-22, Sakinaka, Andheri(E)- 400072
Country of Origin India
Language English
No of Pages 160 pages
Binding Hardback
Dimensions 13.5 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
Genre Spirituality
Return Policy Non Returnable

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