By Devdutt Pattanaik
Ganesha has develop into the most renowned deities of Hinduim within the twenty first century.He is acknowledged everywhere.With an elephant-head,a plump physique and a potbelly he turns into a lovely and cuddly deity evoking feelings of serious affection. Hidden underneath this very available shape is knowledge which may make us greater human beings.This ebook by way of India's most popular mythologist,Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik,is an try and spread that knowledge locked in quite a few stories,symbols and rituals.
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Other ceremonies. Uposatha and fast-days. Circumambulation. Comparison with Roman Catholic Ritual . . . . 303-339 LECTURE XIII. FESTIVALS, DOMESTIC RITES, AND FOKMULAKIES OF PEATEES. New Year's Festivals in Burma and Tibet. Festivals of Buddha's birth and death. Festival of lamps. Local Festivals. Chase of the spirit-kings. Religious masquerades and dances. Religious dramas in Burma and Tibet. Weapons used against evil spirits. Dorje. Phurbu. Tattooing in Burma. Domestic rites and usages. Birth-ceremonies in Ceylon and Burma.
Sarnath near Benares. Ruined Stupa. Sculpture illustrating four events in the Buddha's career. Eaja-griha. Scene of incidents in the Buddha's life. Devadatta's plots. Satta-panni cave. Sravastl. Residence in Jetavana monastery. Sandal-wood image. Miracles. VaisalT, place of second council. Description by Hiouen Thsang and Fa-hien. Kausambl. Great monolith. Nalanda monastery. Hiouen Thsang's description. Sankasya, place of Buddha's descent from heaven. Account of the triple ladder. Saketa or Ayodhya.
Introductory. Buddhism in relation to Brahmanism. IN my recent work 1 on Brahmanism I have traced the progress of Indian religious thought through three successive stages—called by me Vedism, Brahmanism, and Hinduism—the last including the three subdivisions of Saivism, Vaishnavism, and Saktism. Furthermore I have attempted to prove that these systems are not really separated by sharp lines, but that each almost imperceptibly shades off into the other. I have striven also to show that a true Hindu, of the orthodox school is able quite conscientiously to accept all these developments of religious belief.
99 Thoughts On Ganesha: Stories, Symbols and Rituals of India's Beloved Elephant-Headed Deity by Devdutt Pattanaik