xvi, 272p., B/W Illus., B/W Illus., Col. Plts., 25 cm. (Sri Garib Das Oriental Series No. 301) (First Edition pub. in 1992, Bangalore)
Ganesa's Popularity is Manifold. He is the favourite god of the masses. He is also the favourite subject for curio-hunters and collectors of icons. Painters and sculptors have reveled in depicting this god in a variety of forms and postures. The Tantrik practitioners have found in him a beneficent pier, quick to acquire and enduring in nature. Literature about Ganesh is remarkable, varied and large. Works in Sanskrit, which appear to have provides the main source material for all of them, are they large in number and varied in nature. An attempt has been made here to present a comprehensive picture of Ganesa that is of interest to an Indian mind. The picture assumes the Vedic origin of Ganesa and the Smriti and the Tantrick involvements of the deity. It recognizes the primal importance given to this god in the daily life of millions of Indians. It seeks to provide authentic information about Ganesh from texts.