Devlok

Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, arguably the best writer in Indian mythology today. This book is a kind of a primer, a kinda FAQ on Indian mythology. You have a brief introduction into all the gods – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Indra, Ganesha and the devis Sita, Parvati, Lakshmi etc. There is a brief insight into a whole lot of things covered by the author for instance “Ganesha is known as Vighna-karta and Vighna-harta, both a creator and remover of obstructions, how is that?” or for instance “Paintings depict Krishna in blue, what does that mean?”. There is a lot of entries on vedas, upanishads, puranas, sukhtas, devis, rishis, asuras, their weapons, vehicles, foods, animals, their boons & curses, the importance of pilgrimage, sanctity of the Ganga, relevance of the Bhagvad Gita. All along the author also cautions that mythology does not have any meaning sometimes, there is no logic – its just a belief. Good book to read and keep also to dip into from time to time. Goodreads 4/5

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