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by Gita Mehta

Ganesha is the most beloved deity in the hindu pantheon, and in india, his image is ubiquitous it appears everywhere: on village walls, in cyber cafes, on handbags and commercial packaging, on the sides of trucks and rickshaws, in textiles and neon, and in the most sacred precincts of ancient temples here, gita mehta explores the rich religious and cultural meanings of ganesha in a lavishly illustrated volume that will appeal not only to hindus, but all who are touched by the talismanic power of his image and the generous spirit of his attributes
Download Eternal Ganesha : From Birth to Rebirth epub
ISBN: 0500513317
ISBN13: 978-0500513316
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Photography & Video
Author: Gita Mehta
Language: English
Publisher: Thames and Hudson; THAMES & HUDSON edition (2006)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1699 kb
FB2 size: 1110 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 795
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This coffee table book looks amazing. It has tons of gorgeous pictures and the subject matter has been well researched by someone who obviously loves her work. Stunning imagery
Gorgeous, this book provides a breathtaking glimpse of a beloved deity who transends the linguistic, economic and political differences of the Hindu people. Not only it is worthy of any art book collection on the coffee table, it is filled with delightful stories and can serve as a wonderful resource for students of world religions.
It's just me. I was hoping this was a new novel by Gita Mehta, but was sorely disappointed when I found it was just a big coffee table book, telling briefly about Ganesha's place in India's culture. I was looking forward to a great read by one of our best modern novelists in these cold winter months, always fascinated by Mehta's take on Indian life and events and places. So I didn't read the description of the book well, as I was caught up in looking for a new great read by Mehta, who I love to read.
Ganesha, revered elephant God of Hindus, is a universally familiar icon around the world. Gita Mehta's book is a succinct pictorial compilation of the significance, mythology and modern evolution of Ganesha. We learn the gamut -from conceptualization, abstract reduction to iconography and commercialization. Vivid color photographs, majority from Mumbai and Maharashtra, depict wood, ivory and stone idols, and forms derived from plantains, paintings and stained glass.

To the Hindu eye these illustrations are beautiful and evocative. Literalists will nod in agreement as they read time-honored stories about how Ganesh derived his elephant head and his snake belt. Symbolists also will find sufficient material -from the curvature of the trunk representing OM (the Pranava Mantra) to the multimorphic body symbolizing unity in diversity. Mehta quotes Cicero, Amartya Sen and the Manchester Guardian to enhance her interpretations. I find them interesting and thought provoking. She does not provide source citations. She decries the recent trends towards garish commercialization and ridiculous mechanization of the idol, - an anathema to "A Perfect Ganesh," in the hearts and minds of many.

This is a 129 page coffee-table sized, profusely illustrated, lovable volume about Ganesha, a universal Hindu god. The prose is highly readable and not at all ponderous. I find it mythologically balanced and symbolically intriguing. Hindu readers, and perhaps others also, will find this volume uncontroversial and endearing; this will be an excellent nugget source for educating the young. I believe that John Joseph Campbell would have found the pictures, text and interpretations appealing. Both Hindu and non-Hindu readers would have benefited from a bibliography and index, currently missing in this volume,
A coffee table book about Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god? Yes! Eternal Ganesha is 125 pages or so of beautiful photographs of various Ganesha idols and the annual Ganesha immersion ritual. The well-written text, by Gita Mehta, is interesting and informative without being dry or scholarly. She writes about Ganesha's human body, elephant head, trunk, snake belt, and even the mouse that Ganesha rides.

But it's the photographs that are the best part of the book. Large, beautiful color photographs of Ganeshas ancient and modern, carved out of wood, depicted in stained glass, painted, constructed from mounds of food (including green bananas), or cast in resin or plastic. They are stunning. There are dancing Ganeshas, seated Ganeshas, and even a reclining Ganesha reading a book.
This book makes me feel lle Im right there at the Ganesh Festivals in India. From the making of the enormous statues they carry down the roads and release into the Ganges, to the candid faces of the people, the dancing, the lights...Its really a beautiful book that bring pleasure to me and my family. I truly hope someday I get to see this in person in India! Its a lovely conversational coffee table sized book. There is also much reading inside. Truly amazing and what great price! Thanks Amazon!

***Reviewed by Chizzle's wife:

Shishya Gauri-Pahari Sitaya Das