Who is Who in Hindu Mythology - VOL 1: A Comprehensive Collection of Stories from the Purāṇas
It is hard enough for anyone other than a dedicated scholar toread all 18 cantos of the great epic Mahābhārata let alone theRāmāyaṇa, Bhāgavata and the many Purāṇās as well. In view of thisand particularly today’s fast-paced life, this book presents thestories of characters from all the books of Hindu Mythology in acompact English version.While reading a Telugu book titled ‘Pūrva Gāthā Lahari’, theauthor was surprised to discover many fascinating stories andsubstories even in books with which he was quite familiar. He wasso impressed that he decided to make the stories accessible to awider audience of Indians as well as the Indian diaspora by writingan English version based on the Telugu book. A few examples ofsurprising details will illustrate the point:Several great warriors on the Kaurava side in the Mahābhāratawar were known to be invincible to anyone in the Pānḍava forces.The means of making the greatest of them, Bhīshma disarm himselfwas devised several lifetimes earlier in Brahma’s court.The wife of Sage Atri was able to turn the Trimūrtis intoinfants, and another ordinary woman was able to stop the dawn of anew day due to the spiritual power from being Pativratas.Even Vishṇu was not immune from accountability for His actions,facing hardships in one incarnation from Ṣāpas given to Him in aprevious incarnation.Whether one is inclined to read the whole book as a nonfictionnarrative or use it as a reference to check particular stories,there is much here to savour.