Elephant-headed and big-bellied, mischievous and sweet, the God Ganesh is one of the most familiar faces in the world. The chubby, gentle, wise, Ganesha, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities. We start everything auspicious with invoking his name. Ganesha is worshiped as the God who removes obstacles, brings good luck and success. Many stories are told of Ganesha. Each story provides children with different aspects of Ganesha, be it his tricks, humor, devotion to his mother or his compassionate nature. This Ganesha Chaturthi, let your children on these stories and more with these specially curated books on our favorite Ganesha!
Here is a list of wonderful books that will delight and make an interesting read for the parents and children.
The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha by Uma Krishnaswami
This collection of Hindu folk tales for middle readers features stories about the god, Ganesha, who is easily recognized because of his elephant head. Krishnaswami introduces the stories by recalling her own introduction to Ganesha and goes on to offer a mythological context for the tales. Included among the tales are Ganesha’s Head, The Broken Tusk, and ‘Why Ganesha Never Married. Most of the stories come from Hindu legend; one comes from Mongolia, where Ganesha made his way into the Buddhist tradition. The pen-and-ink illustrations have child appeal, and readers will be aided by the pronunciation guide and glossary.
Lord Ganesha’s Feast of Laughter by Meera Uberoi
Ganesha has an elephant’s head, a pot belly and a rollicking sense of fun. Full of mischief, he fools around with gods and humans alike. These tales of Lord Ganesha include old mythological favourites, like the stories about his birth and how he got his elephant head. Alongside are little-known tales dug up from ancient texts—how Ganesha created the tabla, how he stopped Ravana from becoming all-powerful, how he raced around the world without moving an inch, and how he swallowed Vishnu, Brahma and Lakshmi in one big gulp! Each illustrated tale is told with sparkling wit—to match that of the boisterous god.
The Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh by Amy Novesky
Elephant-headed and big-bellied, mischievous and sweet, the god Ganesh is one of the most familiar faces in the world. Set in the Himalayas in a time of gods and goddesses, Elephant Prince tells the story of a remarkable bond between a mother and her son, a remorseful God, a generous elephant and the boy who became Ganesh. Belgin K. Wedman’s jewel-toned illustrations, reminiscent of classical Indian miniatures, complement this poetic story of one of the most beloved gods of all.
99 thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattanaik
Stories, Symbols, and Rituals of India’s beloved elephant-headed deity This book brings together 99 meditations to better understand the stories, symbols and rituals of that adorable elephant-headed Hindu god who removes hurdles and brings prosperity and peace. Known variously as Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka or Pillayar, he can help all of us score a century in the game called life.
Amma Tell Me about Ganesha by Bhakti Mathur
We celebrate Ganesha’s birthday
With so much fun and lots of fanfare.
His idols are offered to the rolling seas
With ardent prayer and tender care.Lord Ganesha, loved by one and all,
Lord Ganesha, loved by one and all,
Is the divine son of Shiva and Parvati.
And this is the story of how he and
His jumbo elephant head came to be!
Amme Tell Me- is a charming and informative series of children’s books that introduces the major Hindu festivals and figures to young readers, and are perfect for families wanting to share stories of Hinduism with their children or for educators looking for a resource on the Hindu culture for their students. Written in rhyme with vivid, captivating illustrations, this series brings Hindu mythology to its readers in a fun and non-preachy way.
The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book retelling (with a twist) of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! Ganesha is terribly upset, but with the help of the wise poet Vyasa, and his friend Mr. Mouse, he learns that what seems broken can actually be quite useful after all. With vibrant, graphic illustrations, expressive characters, and offbeat humor, this is a wonderfully inventive rendition of a classic tale.
Shiva returns home after a long absence to find the entrance to his house guarded by a young boy, refused entry into his own home, Shiva challenges the boy to a battle. What happens when the young boy decides to combat the mighty Shiva? Kubera invites Ganesha for a feast to his palace to show off his wealth. Little does he know what is in store when Ganesha arrives with a hungry belly. This series has 2 books Birth of Ganesha and Ganesha Meets Kubera as a book as well as an audio book.
Campfire Junior brings you the adventures of Ganesha, the mischievous elephant god and his amazing friends. Early adventures of Ganesha’s childhood are delightfully brought to life in the first book of a new series of legends for younger readers. Also available in this series – Ganesha: Ravana and the Magic Stone and Ganesha: Ravana and the Magic Stone
Ganesha is mischievous, funny and gentle. With an elephant-head, potbelly and a penchant for good food, Lord Ganesha is a very popular Hindu god. Each story provides children with different aspects of Ganesha, be it his tricks, humor, devotion to his mother or his compassionate nature. Known as the remover of obstacles, Ganesha is worshiped at the beginning of anything auspicious.
Lord of Beginnings – Stories of the Elephant-Headed Deity, Ganesha by Radhika Sekar
Radhika Sekar’s book is an enchanting exploration of the life of the God of all Beginnings, Ganesha. The collection of stories should answer the questions that trouble every curious child. Written in a style that is deliberately shorn of all violent terminology, these gentle tales will appeal to every child. This book tells stories of the Elephant – Headed Deity-Ganesha. The strange circumstances which brought about the birth of Goddess Parvati’s son, how he lost his head and sprang to life again when an elephant’s head was placed on him and how Lord Shiva declared that he will be honored first before all others. Thus Ganesha became the Lord of Beginnings and Hindus everywhere seek his blessing, before they start new tasks, to bring good luck and great fortune to them.
Ganesha is today the most popular and loved of the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Nothing auspicious takes place without invoking his name. Was this always so? if not, how did he rise to prominence? These and so many more questions have exercised the minds of those interested in Hindu religion and philosophy. This title is profusely illustrated.
Gods and Goddesses of India: Lord Ganesha by O. P. Jha
God is the encouraging force behind every success. Faith in God makes one self-confident and brave. Here, in this series, are presented the interesting tales related to Lord Ganesha written in a simple and easy language with beautiful illustrations. They will definitely increase the knowledge of a child regarding the great Indian culture, beliefs, and rituals.
May this Ganesha Chathurthi bring in the best for you!
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