The mythology genre refers to the stories about mythological gods in many cultures. The books about mythology tell the characteristics of the gods. The gods can be good or sometimes not very nice as in the case of Greek and Roman mythology gods. Some Mythology Books reveal the stories about gods fighting against evil monsters and the victory of good over evil, while in some cases the gods were themselves, jealous, vengeful dirty (often in the case of Greek and Roman mythology books). Here are the list of best mythology books to get started with.
The Palace of Illusion by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
“Be taken back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical … First published in 2008, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions has received wide acclaim for giving a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata. Narrated by Panchaali, wife of the five Pandava brothers, the novel traces her life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. This tenth-anniversary edition, complete with a new author’s note, celebrates once again a remarkable and deeply human story about a woman born into a man’s world.”
The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi
The Secret of The Nagas is the second book in the Shiva trilogy and is a sequel to The Immortals of Meluha. Summary Of The Book The Secret of the Nagas begins with Shiva trying to save Sati from a Naga attack. His quest for the Naga warrior who killed Brahaspati and assaulted Sati leads Shiva and Sati to the land of the Brangas. In The Secret of Nagas, Shiva the prophesied saviour of the Meluhan Empire finds himself in a turbulent situation trying to avenge the murder of his friend and saving his clan and the people of Meluha from the evil serpent people. His journey takes him across the lengths and breadths of ancient India, searching for the truth and answers to all his intriguing questions. He travels to Kashi to find every bit of detail about the Nagas. He comes to learn about the reason behind the alliance between the Brangas and the Nagas. Both Shiva and Sati eventually discover startling secrets that have profound effects on both their lives and relationship. With a war brewing in the backdrop, will Shiva be able to accept the truth and live up to the expectations attached to him
About Amish Tripathi: Amish Tripathi is an Indian author who gave up a flourishing career to fulfil his dream of becoming a writer? He is an alumnus of IIM (Kolkata) and was working in the financial services industry for over 14 years. He has authored the famous Shiva Trilogy, which earned him both commercial and critical appreciation. His style of writing is a fresh blend of philosophy, mythology, karma and myth, which has given birth to a new era of literature in India. He is currently based out of Mumbai where he stays with his wife and son. Amish has sold the movie rights of The Immortals of Meluha to Dharma Productions.
Develok with Devdutt Pattanaik
Journey into the amazing world of Hindu mythology with Devdutt Pattanaik
- Why are most temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva or the goddess, but not to Brahma or Indra?
- How are an asura, rakshasa, yaksha and pishacha different from each other?
- Why did the Pandavas find themselves in naraka rather than swarga?
Over several months, EPIC Channel’s ground-breaking show Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik has enthralled countless viewers. Here, finally, is the book based on the first series of the ever-popular show, which will take you on a scintillating tour through the myriad stories, symbols and rituals that form the basis of Hindu culture.
Prepare to be surprised and thrilled as Devdutt narrates magical tales about larger-than-life figures–gods, goddesses, demi-gods and demons who you thought you knew well but didn’t. Learn about the intricacies of Hindu thought as he explains the origin and meaning of different creation myths and throws light on why we believe in a cyclical–not linear–concept of time.
This book is your perfect introduction to the endlessly fascinating world of Hindu mythology.
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Are the illustrious clans of the Mahabharata from Surya Vansh or Chandra Vansh? Which yuga does the Ramayana occur in, and does it occur only once? What do haldi, kumkum, bhasm or chandan signify in a puja thali? After the sensational response to Season 1 of EPIC Channel’s Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, Devdutt invited his viewers and readers to ask him questions about Hindu mythology, which he has answered over thirty thrilling episodes. Prepare to be educated, entertained and moved as Devdutt delves into the exhilarating variety of Hindu mythology. In this volume, you will discover the difference between dhyan and darshan, aastik and nastik, Surya Vansh and Chandra Vansh. There are amusing stories about your favourite Hanuman and fascinating facts about the dark Vishnu avatars, Varaha and Narasimha. Learn why Lakshmi or Saraswati are always in conflict, and how women have the most intriguing characters in mythological tales. Journey deeper into the magical world of Hindu mythology with Devdutt, and you’ll never want to turn back.
About the Author: Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of over 25 books and over 500 articles on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for 15 years before devoting all his time to his passion for decoding beliefs of all cultures, modern and ancient, located beneath the veneer of rationality. Extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally insightful, Pattanaik also boasts of the added skill of simplifying his mythological accounts into delightful reads that engage young readers. He is the master storyteller of the very popular Fun in Devlok series and Pashu.
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Where did the name Radha come from? When did Christianity first come to India? What is the connection between sanskar and dharma? After the enormous success of the first two seasons of EPIC Channel’s Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, India’s favourite mythologist is back with a third instalment to answer these questions and more, this time delving deeper into Hinduism and other religions as well! In this volume, you will read about the various versions of the Ramayana found across Asia. There are chapters on Buddhism and Jainism and their fascinating histories. Learn where the concept of marriage comes from, the reasons behind the many riti-riwaz in Hinduism and the place of fathers and fatherhood in Indian mythology, among myriad other topics and lesser-known tales-all tackled by Devdutt in a Q&A format. Covering over fifteen informative and inspiring episodes, this volume is a heady mix of education and entertainment.