Author: Swagata DebPublisher: RupaYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 191ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129112057
This is a collection of some of the most exciting and fun stories from Indian mythology. Lucidly narrated and brilliantly illustrated, this exclusive assortment of tales gives us a peek into fascinating legends, and recounts the exploits of gods, demons and mortals in tales of valour, adventure and intrigue.The first section consists of assorted tales that retell the stories of how thunder got its sound, and what happened when the child Hanuman thought the rising sun was a ball, to how Ganesha got the head of an elephant. The second section tells tales of the never-ending wars between the Devas and the Asuras – the gods and the demons – and how they constantly tried to outwit each other and seize control of the universe.The third section is about the ten Avataras of Vishnu: from the Matsya (fish) Avatara, who saved living beings from the great flood, to the yet-to-be-born Kalki, who will destroy all evil and create a new, fair and happy world.The fourth section features timeless tales from the Mahabharata – stories that are not part of the main storyline about the Pandavas and the Kauravas, but which are an integral part of the great Indian tapestry of imagination and myth: how Savitri brought Satyavan back from the dead, the tale of Shakuntala’s lost ring, and many others.
ASSORTED MYTHS:1. The story of Hanuman’s Childhood2. Ganga’s Descent3. The sound of Thunder4. Agni Tries to Hide5. How Ganesha Got His Elephant HeadDEVAS AND ASURAS:1. Agastya Rishi Drinks up the Ocean2. Mahishasura’s Defeat3. The Story of KachaTHE TEN AVATARAS OF VISHNU:1. The Matsya Avatara2. The Kurma Avatara3. The Varaha Avatara4. The Nrisimha Avatara5. The Vamana Avatara6. The Parashurama Avatara7. The Ramachandra Avatara8. The Krishna Avatara9. The Balarama Avatara 10. The Kalki AvataraTALES FROM THE MAHABHARATA:1. The Story of Creation and Boomsday2. The Story of Chyanvan and Sukanya3. The Story of Satyavan and Savitri4. The Story of Nala and Damayanti5. The Story of Dushyanta and Shakuntala6. The Final Journey