I received the book 7 Secrets of the Goddess by Devdutt Pattanaik as a part of the Flipkart Affiliate Programme and would like to thank Vivek for the book. It is a book which discussed not only the goddesses of the Indian mythology but also of Greek mythology. This is the first book from Dr Pattanaik that I have read.
Lakshmi massages Vishnus feet. Is this male domination? Kali stands on Shivas chest. Is this female domination? Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender quality? Why then is Shakti never half a man? Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading? The fourth title in the bestselling 7 Secrets series focuses on the Goddess and respected mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories, symbols and rituals.
The book has text on one side and illustrations on the other- it actually reminded me of the science notebooks which we had as kids. The text is descriptive making it a little monotonous at times but the pictures actually keep the interest alive. I could actually correlate the pictures and use them to tell stories to my kids. The Goddesse covered are Gaia (a Greek Goddess), Kali, Gauri, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Vitthai. Vitthai is a female variant of Lord Krishna, followed in Maharashtra. Gaia and Vitthai, I had not heard of. The book explains a lot about the various rituals and practices.
I liked the book and feel that if read piecemeal would make it more enjoyable.
Book Source: Received as a part of the Flipkart Affiliate Programme