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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Kunti and Gandhari are projected as women who know the importance of sons in a household. I have already read the Mahabharata and I’m following lessons with a Swamini about the Bhagavad Gita, so I know there is a lot more and deeper meanings but “Jaya” is really a very good book.

I am stripping a star and retracting the positive aspects of this review well, at least in statement in light of later readings. Paperbackreteelling. The telling of stories intermingled with “blocks” giving interpretations from various regions of the sub-continent and a sampling of religious interpretations. He has written and lectured extensilvey on the nature of sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their relevance in modern times.

The illustrations are not bad either. Log In Sign Up. Nonetheless, it captivates the reader. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But this was a refreshing read. Not that I was not familiar with the stories: Of all the books I have read on Mahabharata, this is what i would call the most amatuerish attempt to decipher one of the gratest tales of our time.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

I recommend this book to all who those who haven’t read mahabharata. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, Really it is that g Certified BuyerChennai. The proof he gives is as follows: I am an ardent reader of Mahabharat.


English Choose a language for shopping. Most narrations of the epic do not suggest such a prime role for Draupadi. The size of the book doesn’t disappoint both in terms of depth of content and number of pages. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names mean ‘victory’. Based on astronimical data exactly as given in the epic – that two eclipses separated by 13 days took reetlling around the war, that of a lunar eclipse and then a solar eclipse with Saturn at Rohini and Jupiter at Revathi – the Great war must have started on 22 Nov BCE.

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A few interesting folk tale traditions and the author’s take on what the driving philosophy is makes the book a worthwhile read illustrtaed it all smacks a bit strongly of buddhism. Bhishma is also shown to be not so saintly but prone to pride and arrogance in the way he kidnapped Amba, Ambika and Ambalika and ruining Amba’s life in the process. Mar ilustrated, Sumirti Singaravel rated it it was ok Shelves: Its a lot more.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Nothing elaborate, but beautiful in their simplicity, glowing in the confidence of the bold retelliing. R Chopra’s epic TV adaptation and I thought to give it a try.

This book is full of revelation that surprised me a lot, so many unknown stories, characters. You receive free shipping if your order includes at least AED of eligible items. An Illustrated Oof of the Mahabharata. Pattanaik has a wonderful way of looking at things, I only wish he had cared to look deeper with that vision. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.


Where do I even begin to review this book? An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat Dr. Lists with This Book. Aug 26, dely rated it really liked it Shelves: Needless to mzhabharata this book became more and mahzbharata interesting and unputdownable every time I picked up, so I did not even think of any other book till I finished this one.

But once I started “Jaya” I just couldn’t put it down. Finally,This is complete waste of money and time. I don’t think this book would make sense if you did not already know fairly well the story. 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 o years.

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. The Mahabharata is considered an Itihasa, meaning history.

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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 retellingg 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.

A contemporary style of writing.

The amount of space dedicated to any given incident is too less and this makes the whole exercise a bit too shallow.