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Hanuman An Introduction Hanuman the lord of the monkeys is one of the few gods in Hinduism to be worshipped across caste lines by followers of the Shaiva Vaishnava and Shakta orders This book is an attempt to understand the imagery ritual and philosophy associated with Hanuman worship in our time At its heart is a single narrative on the life of the monkey god woven out of plots and ideas found in the Valmiki Ramayana Mahabharata various Puranas and several vernacular Ramakathas Also included are tales found in Jain Ramayanas and the Ramayanas of South East Asia Highlights include lucid explanations a map showing the traditional journey of Rama to Lanka through Kishkinda the text and translation of the Hanuman Chalisa and over 100 illustrations many of them in colour

  • 134 pages
  • Hanuman An Introduction
  • Devdutt Pattanaik
  • 03 December 2014
  • 9788187111474

About the Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr Devdutt Pattanaik born December 11 1970 is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth mythology and also management He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology including Myth Mithya A Handbook of Hindu Mythology a novel The Pregnant King and Jaya An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat

7 thoughts on “Hanuman An Introduction

  1. says:

    Although 90% of the book consists of stories of Hanuman the ending is what is most enthralling to ones who are already familiar with the god like beingThe author describes Hanuman as the epitome of our mind's potential This is the part which stuck with me and will stick with me for my whole life I now find an ideal whom I can benchmark myself as a student to

  2. says:

    Though rich as a topography on the meaning symbolism image and concept of the Hindu deity Hanuman Pattanaik’s book does not provide a deeper exploration of the mystical ritual and inspiring dimensions of Hanuman Conseuently this book reads as a cultural review on a phenomenon rather than a deep dive into an imaginative mystery The latter would have been preferable for such a rich subject

  3. says:

    I gave this book 5 only because of my profuse love for Hanumanexpected from the author esp after Sita and Jaya The remarkable part in the book is when the author describes Hanuman as the epitome of our mind's potential

  4. says:

    Sometimes an author may fall short in writing a book not because the content is not good but because the author has set such high expectations for his readers though his previous books that nothing short of amazing is going to satisfy the reader Having read Jaya Sita 7 Secrets of Shiva etc I had a lot of expectations from this book but seems that the book reflects on being the early days book of Devdutt PatnaikAll in all the book is a gentle introduction to Hanuman but it leaves you wanting to know about him

  5. says:

    First book of his I read and the best Inspiring poetic and lots of interesting historical aspects

  6. says:

    Very basic book Most of the legends provided were not new to me except it gave me a list of books i can dig on if i want to read the subject deeper

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