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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General Reception The book has become a popular choice for those who want to read the story of the epic for the first time as well as those who want to know even more about the Mahabharata and its sweeping influence on the country’s culture and traditions.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. Read reviews that mention must read end of each chapter great epic devdutt pattanaik well written highly recommended well researched different perspective great book good read retelling of the mahabharata reading this book eye opener point of view devdutt patnaik indian epic never knew easy to understand versions of the mahabharata simple language.

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It is evident that a lot of research went into writing the book, and I always appreciate authors who work hard to gift you that extra something special.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He retells the story using his perspicuous writing and fascinating illustrations. The original tale is epic, and so is this narration. Even readers who have read several books on the Mahabharata before will discover something new in this book. No eBook available Amazon. Jul 02, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: The greatness of the story lies in the fact that it presents the violence, the injustice, falsehood of human life without diluting its impact or ever giving justification for their actions.


For those who do not know the story of the Mahabharata, this can be a good choice for a first book based on Mahabharata. 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.

View all 8 comments. For me, it was pure delight. First, the Audible version was free as I bought it with a credit, and I got to follow the paperback, taking note as I am want to do in a book I like, while I got to listen to the rich Indian accents of the various narrators.

I think it gave me a very holistic view about the epic.

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The notion of an all-powerful God is a later development in Hindu thought. Mahabharata is rightly called the Fifth Veda. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, It asks among a hundred other questions with which it challenges usif 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?

Jaya’s strength lies in the fact that it interprets the Mahabharata, something that is not done by most who have encountered the tales, and it does so in simple language. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is please for only as long as you deserve. But it would be incorrect to say that they were completely free. 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.


It explains why the epic is part of the grand Vedic cosmos and how it cannot be understood without appreciating Ramayana, Vishnu Purana, Shiva Purana and Devi Purana 7.

Many thoughts which prodded and poked at my sleepy mind and conscience. Don’t have a Kindle? Every chapter has comments that draws attention to variations of the story, the intention of the story, the rituals and customs that may have emerged from the story and practiced even today.

The numerous characters, illstrated inner conflicts, their complex relations, their d Reading mahabharata was a sudden and unexpected choice on my part. Read and enlighten yourselves – 5 stars. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I sometimes get bored by the various stories and sub stories.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Chopra’s televised series on Doordarshan, a programme part of our daily routine that let us enter the gates of a kingdom full mahabhaarata stories on romance, love, revenge, murder, death and war. It was the first book by Patnaik that I attempted. More than the discourse its the illustrations that show the true creativity of Devdutt.

Truly, as the poem says about itself: Other such stereotypical, pedestrian and formulaic theories abound in this book and I personally think we could have done without them. It is ironical since during war Krishna at many occasions asks the Pandavas to break the rule of war, which is against dharma.