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Gajendra Moksha: Salvation of the Elephant King is a delightful rendition in English verses by Geetanjali, an upcoming artist and poet of a very famous story from the Puranas where a king is cursed by an angry sage to become an elephant. The good king, devoted to Bhagwan Vishnu, continues in his devotion and takes care of the herd, which he now heads as a king.
One day, a giant crocodile catches the elephant and he gets nearly killed. The elephant then remembers his Lord and sings his Stuti. Pleased with his devotion, Bhagwan Vishnu appears and saves him from the crocodile.
"While the story is engrossing...the emphasis is on the prayer that resides at its core....that embody an absolute surrender to the Divine," says Geetanjali.
In this work, Geetanjali has also used "Sanjhi art", a dying artform of Mathura, that uses stencilised cut-outs of the main characters to tell a story.
"Her love of the story shines through in her lyrical work...and her beautiful art adds a wonderfully unique visual appeal to her verse....," says Manjula Tekal, Author, Devayani.