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May 23, 2024

My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Self-Published
Genre - Religion
Publishing year - 2023
Language - English
Pages - 422

Sri Ganesha Purana: Simplified by Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar

Book Review - 

Sri Ganesha Purana by Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar is an enlightening and accessible retelling of one of Hinduism's essential texts. As someone who has read three of Awalgaonkar's previous works, I approached this book with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. 

This simplified edition of the Ganesha Purana's part one Upaasna Khanda is not only a testament to the author's deep understanding of Hindu mythology but also his skill in making these profound stories approachable for modern readers.

The Ganesha Purana with its extensive narratives and rich symbolism, can be daunting. However, the author's adaptation maintains the essence and grandeur of the original text. The book is structured to guide readers through the multifaceted persona of Lord Ganesha, highlighting his roles as the Remover of Obstacles, the Resolver of Worries, and the embodiment of wisdom and benevolence. 

Through the vivid retelling of Ganesha's legendary deeds - from aiding Brahma in creation, assisting Vishnu in world reservation, and helping Shiva in the defeat of evil - the author weaves a narrative that is both inspiring and educational. Each story is not merely a mythological account but a lesson in resilience, faith, and the transformative power of devotion.

Moreover, the inclusion of the Sahastra Nama, or the Thousand Names of Ganesha, is a powerful tool for readers seeking to deepen their spiritual practice. The book is also beautifully illustrated, which adds a visual dimension to the storytelling. 

What sets this book apart from other mythological retellings is its clarity and focus. Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar avoids unnecessary complexity and keeps the narrative tight and engaging. This approach not only makes the book suitable for adults seeking spiritual enrichment but also for younger readers who are beginning their journey into Hindu folklore.

Whether you are a devout follower, a spiritual seeker, or simply curious about Hindu legends, this book offers a rich tapestry of knowledge, dedication, and motivation. It is a worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf and a way to illuminate one's path to spiritual awakening through the timeless tales of Lord Ganesha. I highly recommend it and eagerly waiting to read Kreeda Khanda.

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