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Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology is a guide to unravel and understand the many myths and legends and the symbolism of the Hindu religion.

Summary Of The Book

Hinduism can be a puzzle or even an enigma to the uninitiated. There are so many different beliefs, so many rituals and so many myths and legends, it can be hard to follow. Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology is an attempt by the author to shed light on this seeming tangle, to show the deeper meanings of the different stories. He explains about the Hindu Trinity and their Divine Consorts. He also goes into the puzzle of why Hindus believe in one Supreme Reality and yet claim the existence of 330 million Gods.

The book explains concepts like the Pitr, Jiva, and about the Devas and the Asuras. He explains the significance of various rituals. He discusses how the warrior-like Kali and the benign Gauri are different forms of the same Goddess. He also compares the roles and the powers of the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He goes into the idea behind the various avatars or incarnations of the Preserver, Vishnu. He examines why the Rama and Krishna avatars have assumed such significance.

Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology also compares the two major epics, The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. It analyzes why the two avatars in the epics, Rama and Krishna, were so different. It shows that the age that these epics were set in demanded different perspectives to handle similar situations. This book is not a continuous narrative, it does not read like a novel. Instead, it is a source of reference for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the stories and rituals and symbols that permeate the Hindu faith. The book is not aimed just at those who are non-Hindus. Even those who have been brought up in the Hindu faith can gain some deeper insights into their customs and beliefs through this book. Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology also includes illustrations which are drawn by the author.

About Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is a physician who turned his love for Indian mythology into his profession. Other books by this author include The Goddess In India: The Five Faces Of The Eternal Feminine, The Man Who Was A Woman And Other Queer Tales Of Hindu Lore, Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, And Rituals From The Heart Of The Subcontinent, and Hanuman: An Introduction.

Devdutt Pattanaik was born in 1970 in Mumbai. He graduated from Grant Medical College. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry for around 14 years. He then decided to use his passion for Hindu Mythology to write about it and use the stories as the base for teaching about leadership skills. He was invited to speak at the first TED Conference in India. He also did a show called Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18. This show taught business lessons from stories and incidents in The Ramayana and The Mahabharata.

Specifications of Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (English) (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
ISBN-10 0143099701
Edition 1stEdition
Imprint PENGUIN
Number of Pages 227 Pages
Publication Year 2006
Language English
ISBN-13 9780143099703
Binding Paperback
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Author Devdutt Pattanaik
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Baidurya Sen
18 Nov 2011
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Brilliant for the Amateurs!!!

This was the first mythology book I ever bought reading the reviews in Flipkart. And believe me, it won't disappoint you, if you are not much into mythology. The strength of the book is it's presentation-lucid and attractive, with pictures and tables for comparisons. You will surely find yourself enriched with knowledge by the time you finish. Eager to read the rest of his books. It will be a good read(and a gift) for both children and adults.

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Deekeshwar Dobhal
14 Oct 2011
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Excellent book to read

Recently I've purchase this book and now it became a trouble for me. As my mother is unable to read or understand English, so every day I've to read and explain two or three stories every day in Hindi. Somewhere she found something to comment as some stories she had already heard in her childhood but many are very new for her.

Somewhere, it is seen that author is rising several unexplained questions instead explaining the things, but it is manageable because non of us were there when that thing was happening. Further, people around the different parts of the India or World have different v...
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Recently I've purchase this book and now it became a trouble for me. As my mother is unable to read or understand English, so every day I've to read and explain two or three stories every day in Hindi. Somewhere she found something to comment as some stories she had already heard in her childhood but many are very new for her.

Somewhere, it is seen that author is rising several unexplained questions instead explaining the things, but it is manageable because non of us were there when that thing was happening. Further, people around the different parts of the India or World have different v...
Recently I've purchase this book and now it became a trouble for me. As my mother is unable to read or understand English, so every day I've to read and explain two or three stories every day in Hindi. Somewhere she found something to comment as some stories she had already heard in her childhood but many are very new for her.

Somewhere, it is seen that author is rising several unexplained questions instead explaining the things, but it is manageable because non of us were there when that thing was happening. Further, people around the different parts of the India or World have different views and own explanations for same happenings or story, which is very difficult for the author to collect them at a same place. Still his effort is indeed a work of good appreciation.

I liked this book very much.

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Lakshmi Narayan
12 Sep 2012
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A very informative read

First when I started reading this book, I assumed that this would be filled with heavy mythological facts that will make me snore. But once I started reading further and further, turned out that I really enjoyed reading it.

The best part about this book is that it unravels the reason behind every belief that we have been following blindly till date. Gives a clear picture about mythological stories with proper validations. The language used is very simple, crisp and to the point.

A must read for people who are interested in mythology!!! :)

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N Ram
03 Oct 2011
Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology

Good insight of Hindu mythology for today's youth, presented in short stories...............................................................

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SAPTARSHI MAJUMDER
25 Jan 2013
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Indeed a true Handbook

To begin with I must say that Hindu mythology is not history. Like the mythology of any other culture, Hindu mythology is also a collection of stories at times completely contradictory and at times utterly confusing. Mythology can never be a chronological record of data. Further, there is a very thin line dividing mythology from philosophy. We should not mistake this book for a historical record or philosophical treatise. Unfortunately some people expect mythology to be history and then fail to see the book in its true colour. The book is not pedantic but explanatory and tries to build a co... ()

To begin with I must say that Hindu mythology is not history. Like the mythology of any other culture, Hindu mythology is also a collection of stories at times completely contradictory and at times utterly confusing. Mythology can never be a chronological record of data. Further, there is a very thin line dividing mythology from philosophy. We should not mistake this book for a historical record or philosophical treatise. Unfortunately some people expect mythology to be history and then fail to see the book in its true colour. The book is not pedantic but explanatory and tries to build a co...
To begin with I must say that Hindu mythology is not history. Like the mythology of any other culture, Hindu mythology is also a collection of stories at times completely contradictory and at times utterly confusing. Mythology can never be a chronological record of data. Further, there is a very thin line dividing mythology from philosophy. We should not mistake this book for a historical record or philosophical treatise. Unfortunately some people expect mythology to be history and then fail to see the book in its true colour. The book is not pedantic but explanatory and tries to build a common continuous foundation by delving deep in the truths and half-truths. The diagrams and tables are very interesting especially for someone like me who is not a learnt scholar of Hindu mythology but just a lay man knowing the stories as heard from grandparents. This is a very good book for all those like me who do not pretend to be the master of one of the most ambiguous and interesting aspects of human civilization and culture - the Hindu Mythology. The author has done a very good job and his interpretations are rather open ended.

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Surya
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Nice and worthy :-)

You'll come to know some known/unknown facts about Gods
Good book with ample info, can give a try if interested in God and other stuff :-)
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Vishal Singh
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Good read !!

The book unfolds a lot of myths about Hindu mythology. It made me aware about the Hindu version if the world creation. Knowledge about many Gods and gives meaning to a lot of Hindu rituals which are followed without knowing the actual meaning. (View complete review)

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Mithya is Indian and not Myth

The word mithya is familiar with Indian culture, Vedas and the Upanishads. The books explains the difference as to how Hinduism is a mithya and also gives an easy to understand explanations to God and god, what God is to Hindus and their understanding of the universe by almost accurate reasoning. (View complete review)

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Kuntal Kundu
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Brilliant Decoding ... this book has become my bed partner

WOW work from DEVDUTT... He has done a brilliant job for reader like us who loves Mythology, who love to culture it... the explanations are really nice and his style of english use is awesome...special thing of this book is his sketches...love love DEVDUTT ji... write more for us. (View complete review)

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Great Book!

Wonderfully written book. Its bound to change your outlook on life. The approach the author takes to demistify myths (both religious and secular) is rather scientific. No more spoilers, go and read the book. You'll love every bit! (View complete review)

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