Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, has the body of a chubby little boy and the head of a baby elephant. Known as the god who removes all obstacles, he is one of the most beloved characters in Indian folklore.
Ganesh didn't always have an elephant head, but he was never an ordinary boy, either. His mother, Parvati (the great mother goddess), created him from sandalwood paste and magically brought him to life to guard her palace against all intruders. When the boy stopped her husband, Shiva (the fearsome god of destruction), at the door, Shiva did not take kindly to being barred from his own home.
Shiva attacks the boy, infuriating Parvati and touching off a cosmic battle between gods and the goddesses that threatens the balance of the entire universe. When the boy is later transformed into the elephant-headed god, family harmony is restored and the order of the universe renewed.
Ganesh's timeless story teaches children about the power of dedication to duty, the awe-inspiring love of a mother for her child, and finally, how compassion holds the world together. Accompanied by rich, colour illustrations prepared according to the traditional Indian wash technique, How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom.
How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
Reading level: 8+ years; Adults
Paperback: 32 pages