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Book: 7 Secrets from Hindu calendar Art

7 Secrets from Hindu calendar Art by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an attempt to unravel the secrets behind the Hindu calendar Art and find answers to questions like – What is the source for the imagery of Hindu calendar Art? What is it saying? The book honestly tries to unveil legends, tales and symbolism associated with calendar art of Hinduism. Instead of color images, book uses the black and white renditions of the art.

Apart from the popular Hindu deities, the book also attempts to unravel the local and region deities that are represented in Hindu calendars. There is the usual explanation of who is who in a calendar and a synopsis to the legend represented in the picture but what makes the book stand out is the narration of the symbolism in each calendar art.

The chapters in the book are:

  • Ganesha’s secret - Different people see God differently
  • Narayana’s secret - What dies is always reborn
  • Ardhanari’s secret - God is within, Goddess without
  • Shiva’s secret - Withdrawal leads to destruction
  • Devi’s secret - Desire and destiny create life
  • Vishnu’s secret - Detached engagement brings order
  • Brahma’s secret - Human life is an opportunity

Dr Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by training and a mythologist by passion. He lectures and writes extensively on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times.

7 Secrets from Hindu calendar Art
By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
Published by Westland Books
Price 295/-