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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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

I remember reading the condensed version in grade 7 which was part of the syllabus under Hindi literature but never had a chance to go deeper. A complete English translation complete as far as possible at that time was carried out by Krishan Mohan Ganguly and published in and is available jzya at Sacred Texts.

Not recommended for a 12 year student. Sometimes they contain tid-bits of how those stories are relevant even today, or how they have seeped into our, and other foreign cultures.

This is Mahabharata for the IT age. 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, Jamini, Aravan and Barnareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntaiam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical reteling.

Nicely put together by the author Hinduism illusyrated 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!

An ingenuous format for the summarizing of the fantastic 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.


Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata. I would recommend this book to kid’s rather than grown up’s. Devdutt Pattanaik is a great storyteller. Mahabharata does in no way preach religion but it does speak about the authority of a supreme being over the world and its inhabitants.

I have often oscillated between a a believer and a non-believer, but this book has tilted my mind and brain towards the former. Forgot to add, reading this book brought back so many memories from childhood when I used to watch Illustarted R Chopra’s Mahabharat with family over years ago.

Thd contemporary style of writing. For example, in this book the great war has been compressed into just 1 part whereas in Vyasa’s version, 4 of the 18 parvas are devoted to the war – Bhishma parva, Drona parva, Karna parva and Shalya parva.

Very simple yet meaningful illustration of the epic Mahabharata. The kudos to the author, for his effort to understand all the version and related stories of Mahabharata in this world.

It was the marriage to the daughter of the King of Panchala which gave them a sense of royal identity and power.

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This is not spiritual or philosophical book, its about way of life. 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 I consider myself more well-versed with the Mahabharata than the average person, because of my interest in Hindu mythology and the amount of reading I’ve done on the subject.

I had always thought of reading and knowing the Mahabharata but somehow I ajya couldn’t sit down and go through the traditional one. Log In Sign Up.

See all customer images. Enter the code below and hit Verify. The rteelling also devotes a section to dating the Mahabharata War based on the detailed astronomical information provided in the book, like the position of certain constellations etc.


The year was All these are reasons why this should not be the only book you ever read about the Mahabharat. The telling of stories intermingled with “blocks” giving interpretations from various regions of the sub-continent and a sampling of religious interpretations. 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.

To his credit, these variants are almost always noted to be variants, but usually this fact is mentioned AFTER the episode has been presented as the next step in jayq story, which can leave the casual reader with a misleading picture of what the epic represents to most Hindus.

Yudhishtra agrees and moves away from the forest and Rajaji heralds this as an indication of the environmental concern of our ancestors.

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.

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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

Any lover of Hindu mythology will not be illustratev by this book. The world of mahabharata is a deterministic world, where actions have consequences, if not in one lifetime then several births later.

Not worth the money and the time. The illustrations are eye-catching making this book more amazing. Each new reading brings out a new perspective, a new viewpoint! Through adventures and small incidents Jaya asks us questions that make us wonder what is right, what is wrong?

What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya?