January 23, 2021

Vahana by Devdutt Pattanaik

A few days ago a percentage of the population celebrated Dasara in India and you have many worshipping vehicles for astra-shastra. Indeed vehicles are very important for us in the country as we rely on them for or daily commute needs.

However what do Gods do to commute from one place to another? If you are a parent looking to introduce your child to various Hindu mythology books that can be in a fun and interesting way, our recommendation this month will be Vahana -Gods and their favourite animals by Devdutt Pattanaik. Published by Rupa Publications this book is a easy reference book and adds up as a colouring book too.

The book explains in a simple format why God’s(Hindu Gods) got about using animals as their vehicles.

It’s a lovely book, ideal for 6 to 10 year olds and to keep up the interest, you not only have short snippets on animals and Gods like Ganesha and rat but also pages dedicated for colouring.

While many adults may be aware of Goddess Saraswati and her vehicle Heron but interesting snippets like Shark, being the friend of Varuna, God of Sea or Dolphin being friend of Ganga river make for an interesting read.

We wish a little more details could have been presented in each snippet but it’s a fabulous introduction to God’s and Goddesses and their animal vehicles.

Mums and Stories recommends this book this festival and gives it a 4 on 5. Illustrations are quirky and like Devdutt’s trademark illustrations in other books, however these are by Sasi Edavarad.

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