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5 stars for Sri Ganesha Purana - Simplified: Part 1 Upaasna Khanda #hindu #ku #bookreview

Title: Sri Ganesha Purana - Simplified: Part 1 Upaasna Khanda

Author: Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar

Genre: Hindu Sacred Writings, Eastern Religions, Religious Studies

Book Blurb:

Ganesha, first among gods, is loved by a Billion Hindus in Bharat (India) and all over the world. Every task, project, work or Puja (prayer) always begins by invoking Ganesha and seeking His blessings. Ganesha is Vighna Harta (Remover of Obstacles) and Chintaa Mani (Resolver of Worries). He is the Lord of Wisdom and the Bestower of all Wishes.

Ganesha Purana opens our eyes and mind to give us a grand vision of the Unlimited Power and Grandiosity of Lord Ganesha. He helped Brahma create Life. He helped Vishnu save the world. He helped Shiva defeat evil. He saved the King of Devas - Indra. He saved Earthly Kings, Common people and even Sinners who sincerely prayed to Him. The Purana includes mesmerizing Sahastra Nama (Thousand Names) of Ganesha to give us a glimpse of His Glories!

This is a brand new Simplified edition of the Ganesha Purana. The original has been simplified and retold to make it easy to understand. There are also, specially created for this book, beautiful illustrations included in the book. Sri Ganesha Purana Simplified is a guidebook to help you start on an amazing spiritual journey of self discovery with Ganesha - the Remover of Obstacles and Resolver of Difficulties.

My Review:

Once more this author has done what he set out to do. He has taken a complex historic religious text and made it modern and readable for a wider audience. There is no loss in the significance of this religious work. The meanings might even be clearer now since they do not have to be interpreted by an individual. Here the author has taken the sacred works of Sri Ganesha Purana and made it much easier to follow and understand. Even a layman not of the Hindu faith can easily understand the work.

The incredibly admirable job of translation makes this a very readable book. The author truly gives readers a deep dive into the intricacies of Hinduism. Not all will be able to follow clearly the section on the Land of 1,000 Names. This will require a serious student or one with plenty of experience to truly gain the most from this section.

The author must be commended for the success of his monumental task. The work of translating this huge amount of religious documents is awe inspiring. Truly an incredible achievement that will shine as a brilliant scholarly achievement. If you are a person who wants to embrace Hinduism, then this book is for you. If you are a follower but want a new look at treasured documents, read this book. An amazing effort that illustrates that if you are dedicated, you can get great things done.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar has been a Bhakta (Devotee) since having a blissful experiencing at the age of 10 while growing up in Bharat (India). He has had several such experiences since then as he lived in India, Dubai & USA.

He is a Hindu and has read the holy books of all the major world religions: Gita, Vedas, Upanishads (Hinduism), Bible (Christianity), Quran (Islam), Dhammapada (Buddhism), Akaranga Sutra (Jainism), Tanakh (Judaism), Guru Granth Sahib (Sikhism), Tao te Ching (Taoism), Kojiki (Shinto) & Zend Avesta (Zoroastrianism).

Ishwar is a Software Engineering Manager for Google in California. Before this, he was a Software Engineer at Microsoft, Ericsson, Symantec, Anheuser Busch and other companies in Dubai and India. He also co-founded several startups where he filed patents and built unique and innovative Apps. Ishwar majored in English and History. He has read and self-studied the book ‘The Art of Computer Programming’ which is among the top twenty scientific monographs of the last century along with The Collected Papers of Einstein.

He does Transcendental Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga. He has run a Full Marathon of 26.2 miles / 42.1 kms, earned a Red belt in Tae Kwon Do and climbed Mt. Rainier 14,400 feet. In his spare time these days, he likes to ride his SuperSport Motorcycle.

Ishwar is happily married to Pallavi and they live with their two daughters Samriddhi and Samraadni in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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