Author: Anant Pai
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This set of 4 picture books includes following titles:
Vol 21: Tales of Narada: ISBN 81-7508-070-1
The divine sage Narada is the most popular figure in Puranic lore. No event of significance takes place in the Puranas that Narada does not have a hand in. He is depicted as a messenger always on the move, visiting the devas, the manavas and the asuras and honored by all. He is a great devotee of Vishnu.
Although Narada is always referred to with respect in mythology, he is often misunderstood and ridiculed by the common people as a carrier of tales and a mischief maker. However, Narada's so-called mischief invariably brings about the downfall of the wicked and furthers the cause of the good.
The three tales included here are based on the Shiva Purana and some popular legends.
Vol. 22: The Churning of the Ocean: ISBN 81-7508-192-9
The story of how the Devas procured the divine nectqar and became immortal after drinking it, is interesting as well as dramatic.
It was the ocean of milk which was churned. The great mountasin Mandara was the staff used for churning; the serpent Vasuki was the cord. Lord Vishnu assumed the form of tortoise and served as a pivot for Mandara, as it was whirled around.
Yhisd popular tale with minor variations is found in the Puranas as well as in the two epics. This versiojn is derived mainly from the Bhagawat Purana and the Mahabharata.
Vol. 23: Jataka Tales - Jackal Stories : ISBN 81-7508-056-6
All living creatures die to be born again, so the Hindus believe. The Buddha was no exception. Legend hs it that several lifetimes as a Bodhisattva went into the making of the Buddha, the Enlightened one.
The Bodhisvattva came in many forms -- man, monkey, deer, elephant, lion. Whatever his mortal body, he spread the message of justice and wisdom, tempered with compassion. This wisdom, the wisdom of right thinking and right living, is preserved in the Jataka tales.
Vol. 24: Gopal and the Cowherd: 81-7508-103-1
This is a folk-tale which has delighted children all over India.
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to narrate stories of this kind to his disciples to illustrate his teachings. This story explains the power of faith. The total faith of Gopal's mother is in sharp contrast with the teacher's disbelief.
Gopal and the Cowherd is an example of the richness and appeal of the folk-tales of this country.
This Amar Chitra Katha is based on the version in Cradle Tales of Hinduism by Sister Nivedita.
Vol 24a: Gopal the Jester - Gopal Bhand, the clever barber, could be described as the Birbal of Bengal. His native shrewdness enabled him to turn every situation to his advatnage. Little wonder that he was favored by Raja Krishna Chandra of Krishna Nagar who owed allegiance to the Nawab of Murshidabad. Whenever the eccentric Nawab gave Raja Krishna Chandra an impossible assignment, it was Gopal who came to the Raja's rescue.
Being the Raja's favorite, however,did not turn his head. He mingled freely with the common people and often helped them too. That explains the popularity of this folk-hero to this day.