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The book is an easy read, captures the gist of the story, and takes interesting detours that not commonly seen in the standard canon. The book highlights and celebrates what we may find weird by modern mores. So far so good. --Arun Vasan Nov 3, 2012

I had always thought of reading and knowing the Mahabharata but somehow I just couldn't sit down and go through the traditional one. That is when I stumbled upon JAYA. And grateful as I am, this book is for all those who just want to know that little something about our culture and beliefs. 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.....!!! Really it is that good...... So go ahead and grab your copy..... do not borrow it but Buy it..... it is one of the must ha… --Siddhartha Sharma Sep 28, 2011

This has to be one of the best books on Mahabharat. The best part of book is it is impartial and factual. Also every chapter end with few bullet points, trying to connect events and customs in story, with probable prevailing customes in reality around that period. It interprets Mahabharat not just as a stoy, but also from a rational point of view. A Must-Read ! --Parth Pooniwala Sep 22, 2013

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Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by training, a marketing manager by profession and a mythologist by passion. He lectures extensively on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times. His books include 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art, Shiva: An Introduction, Vishnu: An Introduction, Devi: An Introduction, Hanuman: An Introduction, Lakshmi: An Introduction, Krishna: An Introduction, Shiva to Shankara: Decoding the Phallic Symbol, Goddesses in India, Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore and Indian Mythology: Stories, Symbols and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent.

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  • Publisher : Penguin India; 1st edition (16 August 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 372 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 014310425X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143104254
  • Item Weight : 450 g
  • Dimensions : 3.18 x 17.78 x 22.86 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mahabharata : The world's greatest epic
By Don&#39;t be ignorant on 29 August 2019
Jaya, An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata is written in a candid way by the author. In fact within few hundred pages the writer unravelled the mystery of the world's greatest epic, The Mahabharata.

So, let's start with some basic questions.

What is Mahabharata? Who was the author of this epic? Why he named his tale as Jaya, not Vijaya? Who were the Pandavas? Who were the Kauravas? And what we can learn from this great epic?

Mahabharata is the world's largest epic, in its present form it contains eighteen chapters and thousands of verses. It tells us about the story of the Pandavas, the Kauravas, and the other important kings who were once ruled the great land known as the bharata-varsha.

The author of this great epic was Krishna Dwaipayana aka Veda Vyasa.

Veda Vyasa named his tale as 'Jaya', because there are two kinds of victories. One is Vijaya, the material victory, other is Jaya, the spiritual victory. In the former there is a loser. And in the latter there are no losers. That's why he named his composition as Jaya, also known as the Mahabharata.

The Pandavas were the son of Pandu, kunti and madri. The name of the five Pandavas are as follows - Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjun, Nakul and Sahadev.

The Pandavas were born by using the ancient Indian concept of 'Niyog'.

The sons of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari, were called the Kauravas. They had in total hundred sons and one daughter named as Dusshala.

We can learn lots of things from the Mahabharata. The latter is also known as the complete epic. In this epic, Veda Vyasa covered all the four aspects of human existence, Dharma (social conduct), Artha (economic activities), Kama (Pleasurable pursuits) and moksha (Spiritual activities). And by covering all these aspects of life, Veda Vyasa told us about our limitations and as well as how we can triumph over those limitations which stops us from being able to achieve our full potential.

Before reading this book I suggest you to read, The Ramayana and afterwards read The Mahabharata.

I will end with these lines :-

Jaya and Vijaya are the twins and the doorkeepers of vaikuntha, the abode of God. The meaning of their name is 'victory'. Find the difference between Jaya and Vijaya, and you will unravel the mystery of the world's greatest epic, The Mahabharata.

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I hope you like this, Thanks for reading, Jai Hind.
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