Top 5 Books on Lord Ganesha

Ganesha is one of the most popular and loved of the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Everything auspicious starts with invoking his name. Here’s a selection of wonderful books that I’m sure will delight readers and storytellers of all ages, and would brighten your collection of books on Hindu mythology and Indian culture. All of them well illustrated, entertaining and promises interesting reading.

1. “Loving Ganesa” by Satguru Subramuniyaswami

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An elaborate ‘all-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask’ book about Ganesha, subtitled “An Illustrated Resource on Dharma’s Benevolent Deity, Remover of Obstacles, Patron of Art and Science, Honored as First Among the Celestials”, written by the late Gurudeva of Hawaii, covers Ganesha’s powers, pastimes, mantras, nature, science, forms, sacred symbols, milk-drinking miracle and more…

2. “Ganesha: The Auspicious…” by Jagannathan & Krishna

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Equally appealing to the layman, the scholar and the devotee, this is a well-researched volume. Illustrated with a number of photographs and line drawings, this comprehensive book covers all aspects of Ganesha, bringing out the relevance and importance of Ganesha from ancient times to the present day, covering historical and archaeological evidence, legends and parables, imagery and symbolism.

3. “The Broken Tusk” by Uma Krishnaswami, Maniam Selven

This rare collection of Hindu mythological tales for young readers features 17 stories about Ganesha – ‘Ganesha’s Head,’ ‘The Broken Tusk,’ and ‘Why Ganesha Never Married’ – including one from Mongolia, where Ganesha entered the Buddhist tradition. Full of entertaining pen-and-ink illustrations, it also includes a pronunciation guide, glossary, and a prefatory discussion on Hindu mythology.

4. “Ganesha – Remover of Obstacles” by Manuela Dunn Mascetti

This book makes a great gift for someone at the threshold of a change or venturing into a new territory – entering a new job, new house, new business, or kicking off a new relationship. It comes in a box, and contains tales of Ganesha’s powers as a protector, beautifully decorated with 30 illustrations, and includes mantras, prayers, sacred symbols, songs and instructions on conducting a Puja.

5. “The Elephant Prince – The Story of Ganesh”

Author Amy Novesky retells the authentic version of how the Ganesha got his elephant head as told in the ‘Brahma Vaivarta Purana‘. Belgin K. Wedman’s lovely illustrations reminiscent of classic Indian miniatures add to the beauty of the book. The narration is direct and suitable for read-alouds to small children. This is indeed a beautiful book to possess.


About Vikram Kharvi

Vikram is an experienced communications professional with over 17 years of expertise in growing, managing and defending leading brands’ reputation across industry sectors in traditional media and digital environments. With his strong background in media and integrated communications, he drives impactful communications strategies that contribute to a company’s strategic objectives. He has held key positions at Tata Housing, Adfactors PR, Sampark PR, The Resort and Indian Express Group. He also had his share of entrepreneurial experience of publishing and editing a maritime weekly – Shipping Today for over 7 years. Vikram has managed corporate, crisis and product PR and has actively interacted with almost every type of media across the length and breadth of our country. He has managed communications campaigns for large and mid-size companies in B2B & B2C space, across sectors such as Technology, Education, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Shipping, Logistics, Finance, Media etc. He has counseled at the highest levels as well as sorted things out at street level for top brands including Tata Housing, Aptech, 3i Infotech, Oracle Financial Services Software, BMC Software, Rolta India, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Bharati Shipyard, Mumbai SEZ, Ybrant Digital and many more. Vikram enjoys wide industry recognition as an expert on emerging media technologies and public relations. Vikram writes extensively on PR, social media, marketing and branding. A prolific blogger since 2004; his blog, is India’s most read PR blog. Most notably he has also founded Indian PR Forum, India’s largest online forum of PR professionals. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge on PR and Social media through lectures at various communications institutes across India and by also speaking at various industry forums, events & seminars. Vikram holds a Master’s & Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been honored with Y Imagine Excellence Award - “Best Young PR Professional of Year 2011” by Young India Communicators Forum (YICOF), Hyderabad, 5 individual awards at Tata Housing and 2 awards at The Resort for various communications related initiatives. His interests include his family, photography, travelling, of course, blogging. Vikram can be reached via email at pr or on social hubs like, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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