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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Even as one feels the familiarity thanks to the places which still exist mentioned and can identify with the experiences and tribulations of the mortal characters, there is also an awe created by the elements of divinity.

These comments also give a philosophical flavor to the epic. Other such stereotypical, pedestrian and formulaic theories mahbharata in this book and I personally think we could have done without them.

Instead, we find ourselves amidst stories of our mythology retold and repacked and resold. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Make sure to buy your groceries and daily needs Buy Now. Enter the illustrsted below and hit Verify. The pace of the narration is praiseworthy. It was the high time for emergence of someone who through his works could once again show the world “the river of wisdom that flows within the maze of stories”, someone who could prove that in this great land Bharata, Itihasa is not what happend in past but “what always happens in what manner”.

I purchased this book to have a easy and interesting read on the Mahabharata. It is a good initiation. Don’t have an account? I am an ardent reader of Mahabharat.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

User Review – Flag as inappropriate Ever since i have started reading between the lines of scriptures and exploring the life of spiritual persons i have found the immensity of thhe underlying within. Hats off to the author; Mahabharata was never so much fun!

Should I pay a subscription fee to always have free shipping? This was a mine house of less known facts. It will remain a favorite for a long long time to come. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve. Published October 5th by Penguin Global first published August mahabhartaa I had always thought of reading and knowing the Mahabharata but somehow I just couldn’t sit down and go through the traditional one. The work put in by the author in gathering the facts will leave you absolutely stunned and once you mahabarata done with it you would feel like acting like an expert mahabhwrata hindu Mythology!!!


But such a large epic I wasn’t sure if I wanted to boggle my head with so many names of Kings and queens and plots. Keep up the good work, folks! 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. It is very easy to miss the forest for the trees when you embark upon this adventure called Mahabharata, so Pattanaik spells it out for you, and I believe there is no harm in benefiting from his vast research.

About the Author Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor who shifted his focus to Indian mythology and their influence on the people of the country. High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods.

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The author suggests that Arjuna was very insecure about his position as the best archer and that the Pandavas were mostly insecure and unsure of their identity till retelliing marriage to Draupadi.

Talking of society, this book also gives us perspectives and narratives of women who are a part of the epic. For each chapter, he has included beautiful sketches pertaining to the story and many important historical facts also! The illustrations are great and is probably one of the most creative I have ever seen. The book started well as it provided a fresh and clear take on Mahabharata without rationalizations and without apology.

He started to write books and columns on the subject fo has also delivered many lectures on Indian mythology. The proof he gives is as follows: Thanks to Author Devdutt Pattanaik who made it so real with his illudtrated language, deep research, unknown facts and beautiful illustration!! When we need to move forward, challenge our own illustraated, mythology, culture, and if need be, our religion. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names mean ‘victory’.


Ved Vyasa’s Mahabharata is also divided into 18 parvas but there is no one-to-one correspondence between the divisions made by Vyasa and Pattanaik.

Check out the full review on my blog here http: Mahabharata is a story which always leaves me wanting more and more and every time I finish it I feel emotional or some sort of an emptiness crawls with in me which leaves me with mixed feelings for days but still I love reading it again and again. Where do I even begin to review this book? What made an impact on me was how writ The notes given in black page are well researched.

Highly informative and fun to read.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Most narrations of the epic do not suggest such a prime role for Draupadi. Apart from traditional tales this book also includes tales from different regions across India and some parts of South East India.

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I was on my way sn to Boston from Hyderabad, India and had a lot of time to kill at the airport after the security check. Feb 12, Dyuti rated it it was amazing Shelves: I sometimes get bored by the various stories and sub stories.

I have found a lot of things I didn’t know but I also like to re-read the stories I already know. This indicates that the epic first took shape in Vedic times which were dominated by beliefs in elemental spirits.

There are many variants of the epic with different point of views, delivering different level of depth and in different languages.