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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Yijaya, both whose names mean 'victory'. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha.

In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is please for only as long as you deserve. 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 greatest epic, the Mahabharata originally known as Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskirt classic as well as its many folk and regional varians, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarth, Gondhal of Maharastra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nade and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

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 Barbareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data.

With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over years. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon US. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. My Gita. Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana. The Mahabharata. Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling. Next page. About the Author Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by education, a leadership consultant by profession, and a mythologist by passion.

He has written and lectured extensilvey on the nature of sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their relevance in modern times. Customers who bought this item also bought. My Hanuman Chalisa. Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and Their Stories. Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers.

Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I admire the author's deep research on the subject and he has made it clear that the story is years old and hence lot of it is based on folklore and myths. Author has left it to each reader on how to interpret the stories within the Mahabharata -- but has done an excellent job at the end of each chapter to provide a summary and his take on the topic. I also am wonder struck at how open the author is to topic such a polygamy; alternate life styles etc.

He has also given apt references on how Hinduism is very different to the 3 Abrahamic Religions Judaism; Islam and Christianity. Great work -- so relevant in todays world -- the same old lessons human need to be reminded on stay away from greed; excesses; get along with all and how material aspirations can turn to evil deeds.

I never knew the difference between 'heavan' abode of Indra and other Gods and 'vaikuntha' abode of Sri Vishnu or that not all Vijayas victories are the same -- that the only Vijaya that real matters is Jaya victory over ones own desires Need more of it on Youtube for all worldwide readers to see. It provides more context to the Mahabharata, which is what I was looking for after watching the multi-disk video.

I don't think this book would make sense if you did not already know fairly well the story. But if you do, it has some value, although it has left me mildly unsatisfied and in need of something more complete and perhaps more scholarly.

Personally, I did not have much use for the illustrations. Excellent account of the great Epic. For me, this really is the pinnacle of research on the Mahabharata because it incorporates several viewpoints of the Epic from all over India, not just the written accounts but also orally told stories and folktales. Thorough, precise, and highly detailed - a must read for anyone interested in understanding the Mahabharata from its roots up.

Even readers who have read several books on the Mahabharata before will discover something new in this book.. Just a note to readers: To get the best from this book I would suggest keeping a broad and detached mind while reading it and the less judgemental one is, the better - this may be especially true for those who have been exposed more to mainstream thoughts and concepts on the Epic and its key characters.

Pattanaik has written a number of fine books on Hindu mythology, but this is his masterpiece. It is certainly the most readable retelling of the Mahabharata in English. Pattanaik includes stories from folk versions outside the Sanskrit original, as well as personal insights which do much to illuminate the material. The Mahabharata itself--the classic tale of an ancient, cataclysmic war in North India--is incredibly moving.

It asks among a hundred other questions with which it challenges us , if God should appear on Earth in human form to speak directly to us--we violent beings who in spite of our best efforts seem always to destroy ourselves in the end-- what would he say? The complexity of this massive epic with all its characters - their insightful past and a completion with details on their future..

Nicely put together by the author Hinduism is simple , it 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!

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