How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
The magical story of how Ganesh, the son of Shiva and Parvati, was brought back to life with the head of an elephant is shared in How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head.
• The story of one of the most beloved characters in Indian lore, made accessible for Western children
• Illustrated throughout with paintings from the classic Indian tradition
Any Indian child can tell you how the beloved god Ganesh got his elephant’s head–now American children can know as well. For centuries Indian children have grown up hearing Ganesh’s story–how his mother, Parvati (an incarnation of the great mother goddess), created a small boy from sandalwood soap and commanded that he guard the palace against all intruders while she took her bath. How her husband, Shiva (the fearsome god of destruction), didn’t take kindly to being barred from his own home. How Shiva beheaded the boy during the cosmic war that followed, but then, when he realized that the balance of the entire universe was at stake, brought the boy back to life by grafting an elephant’s head onto his body and made him the people’s intercessor against the powers of destruction.
Ganesh’s timeless story teaches children about the steadfast power of dedication to duty, the awe-inspiring power of a mother’s love for her child, and the gentle power of compassion, which holds the world together. Accompanied by rich, color illustrations prepared according to the traditional Hindu canon, How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom.
About the Author: Harish Johari & Vatsala Sperling; Illustrated by Peiter Weltevrede
Harish Johari has authored many books that bring Easter spiritual traditions to Western audiences, including Little Krishna, Chakras, and The Monkeys and the Mango Tree.
Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D., fluent in a number of Indian languages and Sanskrit, learned these traditional stories at her mother’s feet and enjoys introducing them to children of the Western world. Before marrying and moving to the United States, she was the chief of Clinical Microbiological Services at the largest children’s hospital in India. She is the author of How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head, How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva, Ram the Demon Slayer, Hanuman’s Journey to the Medicine Mountain, Ganga: The River that Flows from Heaven to Earth, and Karna: The Greatest Archer in the World. She lives in Vermont with her husband and son.