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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Although Devdutt Pattanaik does an excellent job in describing the war scenes he exaggerates by illustratev that people in ancient India had knowledge of the nuclear weapons, missiles, etc.

This ending is the reason the book was originally called Jaya by Vyasa.

The telling of stories intermingled with “blocks” Jaya is not the same as the Mahabharatha that many of us has seen as the never ending episodes in Doordarshan TV. It was the first book by Patnaik that I attempted. Most narrations of the epic do not suggest such a prime role for Draupadi. Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik 1. 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.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata – Devdutt Pattanaik – Google Books

Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. It is ironical since during war Krishna at many occasions asks the Pandavas to break the rule of war, which is against dharma.

I had read the story before, but he managed to keep my interest and to tell me new things, and he kept me hooked to the end. Sponsored products for you. Update your profile Let us wish you a happy birthday! The characters here are much more complicated, their choices and decisions more influenced by instincts than values, therefore the lessons to be learnt from this book aren’t as easy to grasp either.


I had always thought of reading and knowing the Mahabharata but somehow I just couldn’t sit down and go through the traditional one. Paperbackpages. I also am wonder struck at how open the author is to topic such a polygamy; alternate life styles etc.

The author also suggests that the epic was written over many centuries, starting with the Vedic times around BCE all the way to CE when the Bhagvad Gita was possibly added. Each new reading brings out a new perspective, a new viewpoint! Some of the illustrations are breathtaking in their honesty and imagination and is worth every penny spent on the books. 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.

Taking the stories from different sources allows the author to provide a detailed descriptions of many plots in the epic. The book also gives us an outlook of the social structure of the society prevalent at the time corresponding to the epic. Since then i have wondered in search of someone who can rediscover all those insights of life revealing the laws of Nature, way of God and Human instincts, understanding of which have started fading away to make room for political menace, historicity of facts, countless narratives of superiority and logical minds lacking enlightenment.

I do not like the matter of fact tone, with analysis at the end of every chapter. It will remain a favorite for a long long time to come. There are many variants of the epic with different point of views, delivering different level of depth and in different languages.

Really it is that g We should accept that there are parts of them which are outdated. An Illustrated Retelling of the Bhagavata. Even very tiny details are captured in this book. 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 wisdom underlying within. The author quotes Indian psychoanalysts of the Freudian school to suggest that Indian men possibly suffer from the ‘Yayati complex’ rather than the ‘Oedipus complex’.


Please double check your mobile number and click on “Send Verification Code”. Devdutt Pattanaik has written other books based on Hindu epics and other related works. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Yijaya, both whose names mean ‘victory’. Certified BuyerGuwahati. The work put in by the author in gathering the facts will leave you absolutely stunned and once you are done with it you would feel like acting like an expert on hindu Mythology!!!

Has a few pictoral depictions in some pages. Reading mahabharata was a sudden and unexpected choice on my part. Books by Devdutt Pattanaik.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

Talking of society, this book also gives us perspectives and narratives retellong women who are a part of the epic. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aug 27, Rixi rated it it was amazing. Kunti and Gandhari are projected as women who know the importance of sons in a household. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha.

How do you decide. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Picked up this book half heartedly as a friend suggested and gifted More than the discourse its the illustrations that show the true creativity of Devdutt. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Oct 04, Omar Ali rated it really liked it. What makes Man different from Beast. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve.

I loved reading every single word from it