Epic,  Mythology

Jaya Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat By Devdutt Pattnaik

Jaya Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat By Devdutt Pattnaik front cover

About the Author

Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian mythologist speaker, illustrator and author, known for his writing on sacred lore, legends, folklore, fables and parables. His work focuses largely on the areas of myth, religion, mythology, and management. Pattanaik has incorporated the Mahabharata and the Ramayana into human resource management. He has written books on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times; his more popular books include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology; Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata; and Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana and My Gita.

Pattanaik writes columns for Mid-Day, Times of India, CN Traveller, Daily O and Scroll.in. He hosts a radio show / podcast for Radio Mirchi called the Devdutt Patnaik Show.

My Thoughts

Happy New Year!! to all my readers. As we start this year with great hope, let’s start up this year with a spiritual awakening as the last year 2020 has broken down many dreams and ambitions and spirit, many lost their loved ones. Many people had many hope and achivements to aim which halted or was completely shattered. No one was spared by the terrible effects of the Corona Virus. Every person on earth suffered. Everyone was scared of one another, rumors surrounded us as a dark storm.

At this moment of crisis who did we remembered the most? the one and only supreme power God.

We cried, we fought and finally we prayed to him for a better life and future of our loved ones and ourself. God was the only one who build hope, faith and courage inside us when everything around us was frozen as if the time has stopped forever. This is the reason I wanted to introduce this book for my readers to understand the true meaning of spiritual awareness.

We all know the epic story of Mahabharat. How did the Pandavas defeated the Kauravas in the battle of Kurushetra(in Harayana). How lord Krishana guided Arjuna during the battle when Arjuna lost all hope of winning, this moment is also registered the birth of Bhagwat Geeta. But Jaya doesnt discuss the epic battle, rather it show the after effect of other battle fought between two separate generation of the same ancestors (the conflict between the bloodline of Arjuna). The battle was long over and the new generations look its place in the Kingdom but the seeds of anger, jealousy, cultural and economic difference was still alive in the hearts of the new generations.

Why wasn’t the bygones were left bygones?


Why does the new generation needs to carry the pain, burden and suffering of their ancestors?

They fought those battle for their rights so that their bloodline coul live in peace and prosperity. The story of Jaya explains, not to repeat the same mistakes what their ancestors did, and it also wants the young generations to the learn the lesson that their ancestors learned which helped the Pandavas to survive the hardship during their excile.

But if the Pandavas was the ones who suffered the cruel hardship of the Kauravas, then why the Pandavas ended up in Hell? and the Kauravas enjoy the blessing of Heaven?


Is Heaven and Hell the only destinations that humans achieve after death? If yes, then why are the merits and demerits set for Heaven and Hell?


There are many question arises when you read Mahabharat, but at the end of Jaya the story of Yudhishtir teaches us one important ascepts of life. The one lessons that every person should know.

The true meaning of Jai and Vijay? and how was Yudhishtir alone among all of the Pandavas was able to acquire the wisdom and understanding the true meaning of Jaya.

My Review

Devdutt Pattnaik has broken the traditional way of thinking. He has also unvail how myths, legends and stories are changes according to the difference in culture and places.

Please read the Devdutt Pattnaik Jaya because he has not only beautifully explained the events of Mahabharat but also shares the details of the stories and myths and how these stories and myths chances according to the different states and cultures.


About the Novel

The Mahabharat is an ancient Hindu epic where:
a son renounces sex so that his old father can remarry
a daughter is a prize in archery contest
a teacher demands half a Kingdom as his tuiton fee
a student is turned away because of his caste.
a mother asks her sons to share a wife
a father curses his son-in-law to be old impotent
a husband lets another man make his wife pregnant
a wife blindfolds herself to share her husband’s blindness
a forest is destroyed for a new city
a family is divided over inheritance
a King gambles away his Kingdom
a Queen is forced to serve as a maid
a man is stripped of is manhood for a year
a women i publicly disobed
a war is fought where all rules are broken
a shift in sexuality secures victory
the ranquished go to paradise
the victors lose their children
the earth is bathed in blood
God is cursed
until the wisdom prevails

Happy Reading!!!

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