How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva

Overview

The magical story of how the princess Parvati opens the heart of her eternal husband Shiva

• The courtship story of one of the central couples in Indian lore, Parvati and Shiva, made accessible for Western children

• Illustrated throughout with paintings from the classic Indian tradition

In the Hindu pantheon the great mother goddess Adishakti is the heavenly wife of Shiva, Lord of All Gods. Whenever Shiva or Adishakti come to Earth in human form, they are fated to marry each ...

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Overview

The magical story of how the princess Parvati opens the heart of her eternal husband Shiva

• The courtship story of one of the central couples in Indian lore, Parvati and Shiva, made accessible for Western children

• Illustrated throughout with paintings from the classic Indian tradition

In the Hindu pantheon the great mother goddess Adishakti is the heavenly wife of Shiva, Lord of All Gods. Whenever Shiva or Adishakti come to Earth in human form, they are fated to marry each other again—but that’s no guarantee that all will go smoothly with their courtship. In this story Adishakti comes to Earth as the mountain princess Parvati, who has her work cut out for her when she tries to win the affections of Shiva. Shiva spends all his time meditating on a remote mountainside in the Himalayas and has no interest in marriage. Parvati washes his feet, wipes his brow, and lays sixteen offerings before him, but he won’t even look at her. Sage Narada advises her to invoke Shiva’s name—Om Namah Shivaya—over and over again as a mantra. So in the heat of the sun, in the driving rain, in snow up to her neck Parvati sits and repeats her beloved’s name until the focused power of her intent opens his heart and persuades him to ask for her hand in marriage.

Parvati’s timeless story teaches children that with enough love and perseverance even the seemingly impossible can be achieved. Accompanied by rich, color illustrations prepared according to the traditional Hindu canon, How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom.

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Editorial Reviews

The Blessed Bee
"Beautiful illustrations and great story-telling combine to create a tale children and adults will love reading over and over again."
Rachel Fischer Gladson
“The richness and depth of Pieter Weltevrede’s illustrations make this classic Indian tale of love and devotion a page turner. . . . a great resource for elementary school teachers. . .”
Ghostvillage.com
"Entertaining, enjoyable, and clearly written, . . . will share with readers very important themes in Hindu culture."
Oct 21 Ghostvillage.com
"Entertaining, enjoyable, and clearly written, . . . will share with readers very important themes in Hindu culture."
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"Entertaining, enjoyable, and clearly written, . . . will share with readers very important themes in Hindu culture."

“The richness and depth of Pieter Weltevrede’s illustrations make this classic Indian tale of love and devotion a page turner. . . . a great resource for elementary school teachers. . .”

"Beautiful illustrations and great story-telling combine to create a tale children and adults will love reading over and over again."

Children's Literature
This rendering of an ancient story from India's Hindu tradition is part of the publisher's series titled "Classic Indian Stories for Children." Other titles in the series include How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head, and Little Krishna. As in the other books in the series the text adheres quite faithfully to the traditional version of the story. Shiva and Parvati are a divine couple in the Hindu mythological tradition, Parvati being an aspect (in one sense an incarnation) of the great goddess Adishakti. In this story, the goddess, born on earth as the princess Parvati, daughter of the king of the mountains, performs seemingly endless penance to win the attention of her beloved Shiva. Unlike the Ganesh and Krishna tales, however, that lend themselves easily to retelling for children, this one feels labored, the text straining to be packed into the container of the picture book. Several features of this series are in evidence in this volume as well. The illustrations are reminiscent of the flamboyant style of comic book versions of such stories that have gathered a popular following in India and among Hindu diasporic communities over the years. A "cast of characters" is provided in recto front matter. Back matter pages include a standard illustration note, as well as a note to parents and teachers. As in the other books, the rather formulaic device of the reproducible coloring book image is supposed to serve as an invitation for children to participate in the art. 2004, Bear Cub Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Uma Krishnaswami
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591430421
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Series: Classic Indian Stories for Children Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 700,523
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harish Johari (1934-1999) authored many books that bring Eastern spiritual traditions to Western audiences. Vatsala Sperling, a native of India, is a clinical microbiologist and she learned these stories at her mother’s feet. She is the coauthor of A Marriage Made in Heaven and How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head and lives in Vermont with her husband and son. Pieter Weltevrede began his artistic studies with Harish Johari in 1977 and also studied with Shri Chandra Bal. He lives in Holland with his wife and two children and travels to India annually.

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