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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)

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Author Devdutt Pattanaik
Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2006
ISBN-13 9780143099703
ISBN-10 0143099701
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 227 Pages
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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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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.

I had compared the discount offered by Flipkart.com with other online shopping sites for a same item and found that flipkart offers very best, and for this I am very thankful for their team.

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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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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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02 Feb 2012
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Waste of money

Book is filled with diagrams and tables. Not interesting at all. There is no ONE page where he explains Hindu mythology. If you are already familiar with Hindu mythology, do not buy this. If you are not, please do not buy this.

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Awesome book

Wonderful book,
Anyone who wonders what is hinduism, what's the meaning and importance of traditions and rituals practiced in our culture, should read this.

Myth=Mithya, is truly a handbook of hindu mythology.
This book logically deals with our hindu culture, and gives proper reasoning as to wh...
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Learned somwething new

Well book did let me know few thins which I was not aware about. Being interested in Semitic and religious studies, helped me learn few things (View complete review)

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Exploring the Uncharted

Mithya=Myth is a well thought out book for those who wish to understand the various metaphroical approaches of our masters while explaining the abstract or subtle realities in story form.

A good copy for those epecially who teach Indic Studies or related topics
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01 Jul 2014
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Must read!

well written. keeps the reader captive. kudos to the author. Its for people who judge religion and also for those who follow it blindly. (View complete review)

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