Ganapati is the favourite God of children. Why? Because he looks cute and loves sweets! How innocent children are, aren’t they? Ganesha is equally innocent. He is the children’s friend and protector.
However much you talk about Ganapati, it will be less. He has numerous stories to His name just like other Hindu Gods. So how do you tell your children His stories?
Read to them, of course! Here are some books on Ganesha that we absolutely loved and we are sure your kids will love them too!
1. The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha by Uma Krishnaswami
This book has beautiful illustrations and 17 interesting stories written about Lord Ganesha. Written in a very simple language for children, this gives your child a chance to learn about Indian mythology. There is a pronunciation guide apart from a glossary and a preface about Hindu mythology. At the end of every story, the author adds her own inputs about how the story can be used in today’s times to make children understand the logic behind every ritual. Recommended for children 8 years and older.
2. Gods and Goddesses of India: Lord Ganesha by O. P. Jha
This book is written in a simple language, easy for children to understand. The accompanying illustrations are beautiful and draw in the child’s attention. The author talks about why we should believe in God and how it makes one brave and self-confident. A beautiful book to spend the day with. Recommended for ages 8 and above.
3. Lord Ganesha’s Feast of Laughter by Meera Uberoi
This book is a collection of 23 short stories about Ganesha. Right from how he acquired his elephant head to tales of his intelligence, kindness and wit. The book is written in a movie style, making it fun for kids to read. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
4. The Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh by Amy Novesky
This book is full of stunning illustrations and beautiful stories written especially to draw in and hold a toddler’s attention. It has stories about the relationship of Ganapati and His mother, Parvati. Read it with your child to let them understand the loving bond between mother and child. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
5. 99 Thoughts on Ganesh by Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik is an author who writes books on mythology only after extensive research. Therefore, when he writes a book on Ganesha, you can expect some in-depth analysis on Ganpati, his birth, life, relationships, representations and symbols. He talks about various aspects of Ganesha, including His stories. He has also written about the various temples dedicated to Ganapati, His festivals and the significance of worshipping Him. The writing is crisp and sharp, making it easy for children to read. Recommended for ages 10 and higher.
Get these books for your children and enjoy as they learn more about their favourite God, Ganesha!