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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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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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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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28 Jan 2012
You will not see Hindus the same way after you read this.

If you have not enough knowledge about Hindu mythology (Gods, Goddesses and Athman) then this book is for you. Its great, in fact its awesome. The facts shown here and the small paraphrases are minimalistic and upto the point so that it can make you understand the basics of hindu Gods and Goddessess.
The book is primarily divided into 3 parts:
BRAHMA - SWARASWATI
VISHNU - LAKKHI
SHIVA - SHAKTI
(it also deals about the infinite - SAT CHIT ADANDA
The book itself is very enchanting, written in such a way that even the most anti-religious of people will give a second thought about his/her own...
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If you have not enough knowledge about Hindu mythology (Gods, Goddesses and Athman) then this book is for you. Its great, in fact its awesome. The facts shown here and the small paraphrases are minimalistic and upto the point so that it can make you understand the basics of hindu Gods and Goddessess.
The book is primarily divided into 3 parts:
BRAHMA - SWARASWATI
VISHNU - LAKKHI
SHIVA - SHAKTI
(it also deals about the infinite - SAT CHIT ADANDA
The book itself is very enchanting, written in such a way that even the most anti-religious of people will give a second thought about his/her own...
If you have not enough knowledge about Hindu mythology (Gods, Goddesses and Athman) then this book is for you. Its great, in fact its awesome. The facts shown here and the small paraphrases are minimalistic and upto the point so that it can make you understand the basics of hindu Gods and Goddessess.
The book is primarily divided into 3 parts:
BRAHMA - SWARASWATI
VISHNU - LAKKHI
SHIVA - SHAKTI
(it also deals about the infinite - SAT CHIT ADANDA
The book itself is very enchanting, written in such a way that even the most anti-religious of people will give a second thought about his/her own religion.
The book infact is very addicting and the 225 pages you can finish in about 3 days.
Buy this book. Its awesome. BELIVE ME. Some might say thats its lame, and not detailed, and not in depth but thats what a handbook is all about.

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03 Mar 2013
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Interesting read but...

The book showcases some of the intriguing versions of the mythological stories, we've grown hearing from our dadies n naanis. Different forms of Vishnus and the various stages of the Shivas with Brahma generates curiosity in your mind. References given for various incidents validates the stories nicely. Just that with the way the entire flow was going was not concluded as effectively in the end. The book in the end gave impression of a set of short mythological stories compiled into one.

The writer missed connecting the dots and to make it a more comprehensive read. I personally I'm addic...
()

The book showcases some of the intriguing versions of the mythological stories, we've grown hearing from our dadies n naanis. Different forms of Vishnus and the various stages of the Shivas with Brahma generates curiosity in your mind. References given for various incidents validates the stories nicely. Just that with the way the entire flow was going was not concluded as effectively in the end. The book in the end gave impression of a set of short mythological stories compiled into one.

The writer missed connecting the dots and to make it a more comprehensive read. I personally I'm addic...
The book showcases some of the intriguing versions of the mythological stories, we've grown hearing from our dadies n naanis. Different forms of Vishnus and the various stages of the Shivas with Brahma generates curiosity in your mind. References given for various incidents validates the stories nicely. Just that with the way the entire flow was going was not concluded as effectively in the end. The book in the end gave impression of a set of short mythological stories compiled into one.

The writer missed connecting the dots and to make it a more comprehensive read. I personally I'm addict of control over flow of thoughts, hence this book lacked in that. Nonetheless, I'd recommend this book to all those who've been following Hindu mythology by the virtue of all that they've grown up listening to, to go though this and create rationale of all what's heard.

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09 Aug 2012
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Simple & Elegant interpretation of Indian Mythology

Even with minimal knowledge of our mythology, anyone can can understand the underlying concept GOD & World. Author's interpretation of the myth is informative as well as thought provoking. it is not easy to put everything of Indian mythology is a small book but author has very elegantly put forth his understanding with the help of sketches,diagrams & comparison. The questions which even science is yet to answer mythology is able to explain. Why there is only one GOD but many gods, relationship between man & nature, the importance of being spiritual & materialistic, what happ... ()

Even with minimal knowledge of our mythology, anyone can can understand the underlying concept GOD & World. Author's interpretation of the myth is informative as well as thought provoking. it is not easy to put everything of Indian mythology is a small book but author has very elegantly put forth his understanding with the help of sketches,diagrams & comparison. The questions which even science is yet to answer mythology is able to explain. Why there is only one GOD but many gods, relationship between man & nature, the importance of being spiritual & materialistic, what happ...
Even with minimal knowledge of our mythology, anyone can can understand the underlying concept GOD & World. Author's interpretation of the myth is informative as well as thought provoking. it is not easy to put everything of Indian mythology is a small book but author has very elegantly put forth his understanding with the help of sketches,diagrams & comparison. The questions which even science is yet to answer mythology is able to explain. Why there is only one GOD but many gods, relationship between man & nature, the importance of being spiritual & materialistic, what happens when we die, why we pray Vishnu but not Brahma and many more questions related to our existence and purpose all these questions are answered in mythology we only need to understand the inherent message. This books does that successfully.

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