What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata. In this enthralling retelling of India’s. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose 7 reasons to buy Jaya: Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik. 1. I have read five renowned versions of Mahabharata (marked as authentic by experts). I have also read Devdutt Pattanaik’s book “Jaya – An Illustrated Retelling of.

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Nicely put together by the author Hinduism is simpleit is so simple that it does not need much thought to decide right vs wrong – yet not all supposed righteous actions have intended results – the triad of karma dharma and destiny! The stories are embellished with line illustrations; the style is unique, a break from standard visual formats Amar Chitra Katha or DC comics 3.

Any lover of Hindu mythology will not be disappointed by this book. Is this book good enough for student 12 years. For those who do not know the story of the Mahabharata, this can be a good choice for a first book based on Mahabharata.

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Its a must read for all mythology buffs! The Wanted to read Mahabharata before I moved on to reading some other books which compare their content illusrrated Mahabharata and its characters. Devdutt Pattanaik has given one of the best insights into Mahabharata. Pattanaik does nothing extraordinary with the material, jxya the material itself is so powerful, it needs very little to work its magic on the reader.

There is no hero or villain, there is only dharma and adharma, vijaya and jaya. Based on astronimical data exactly as given in the epic – that two eclipses separated by 13 days took place around the war, that of a lunar eclipse and then a solar eclipse with Saturn at Rohini and Jupiter at Revathi – the Great war must have started on 22 Nov BCE. This retelling of the epic also brings the Pandavas and Bhishma down to earth instead of blindly keeping them on a pedestal of perfection.

Although the way everything is written feels a bit rushed and the narrative is sometimes too shallow in areas where it should not be. It even felt like I could recommend this book to any non-Indian person who might be interested in knowing more about this epic.


He is not strictly traditional in his retelling, yet he remains true to the original spirit of the stories.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

But I’m really glad I read this, not just because of the small details I learned about I counted 6 things I hadn’t known about – Sahadeva’s precognition gained by eating Pandu’s flesh, Draupadi cursing dogs to copulate in public for stealing Yudhishtira’s slippers, Vibhishana being present at Draupadi’s swayamwar, a couple of stories on why Krishna stepped in to protect Draupadi when Dusshasana tried to disrobe her, why Shakuni did his best to ensure the destruction of the Kuru clan, Draupadi’s regret over Karna and at least a couple more interesting tidbits but because of the wonderful lessons it provides.

The author has not only painted a vivid picture of the events in the Mahabharata but also has clearly identified the lessons to be learned from it. I have read it many times from different xn, I also have great intrest in Indiam mythology which prompted me to pick this up. The illustrations are simple, but elucidating.

Read this book, you will get to know th Check out the full review on my blog here http: How is it possible that an ancient story can contain the answers to our illusfrated

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Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. This text is extremely focused for reading compared to the plethora of books on this topic. These instances show that in early Vedic period women did enjoy freedom in choosing their husband. He also explores the influence of the epics on Indian thought and their continued relevance to life, even today, thousands of years after the stories were written. The underlying conflict between the two groups is essentially on the legitimacy of rule.

The Mahabharata, India’s greatest epic, is a huge, sweeping work and is the longest Sanskrit epic. Mahabharaata includes stories from folk versions outside the Sanskrit original, as well as personal insights which do much to illuminate the material.

Nevertheless it remains a compelling read I finished it within 2 days flat and that was when curiosity or suspense was not my driving force.

Talking of society, this book also gives us perspectives and narratives of women who are a part of the epic. This was, for me, the best part of this book and what may possibly make it worth a read even for those who are already quite familiar with the tale as I was even before reading this book. He delves into the sub-plots, significance of little known events, different folk-lores and the numerous stories within stories which make up the real Mahabharata visualized by Ved Vyasa.


Here, the author quotes B. What makes this book special is that it collects tales mahabhagata various regional and folk versions in addition to the original Sanskrit composition.

I don’t think there’s any other book that puts the Mahabharata so simply for the lay person. For each chapter, he has included beautiful sketches pertaining to the story and many important historical facts also! Richly illustrated with over line drawings by the author, the chapters abound with little-known details such as the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Retlling, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data.

This story, whose nitty-gritties I’ve known forever thanks to my Mom’s storytelling when we were childrenand yet I was running to get back to it. Lists with This Book. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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A few interesting folk tale traditions and the author’s take on what the driving philosophy is makes the book a worthwhile read but it all smacks a bit strongly of buddhism.

The story of Krishna is part of the great epic, from his birth to his death;even his song, the Bhagavad Gita, is retold in simple prose. It is not just to stand apart from the other versions, no maam; he justifies his choice of this title quite satisfactorily before the book ends. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the mahabharxta and disturbing meditation on the tetelling condition that has shaped Indian thought for over years.

Retelllng a few pictoral depictions in some pages.