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Top 15 Must Read Hindu Mythology books!

Our Hindu religion is oldest religion dating back to somewhere between 2300 B.C. to 1500 B.C. with number of myths and beliefs as old as religion itself; consisting of vibrant stories and rich history. There are also epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana with astounding characters and extraordinary stories inscribed to be told for years to come. Here is a list of top must read Hindu mythology books.

1) The Immortals of Meluha

 The Immortals of Meluha

This book is written by Amish Tripathi who had a career in financial services before he started writing. The Immortals of Meluha is his first book in Shiva Trilogy. The story begins with Shiva arriving in greatest kingdom Meluha and falling in love with daughter of king. The kingdom is cursed and their only saviour is Neelkanth who is none other than Shiva.

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2) Sita – Warrior of Mithila

Sita – Warrior of Mithila

This is second book of Ram Chandra Series written by Amish Tripathi which is pure fiction. The story revolves around Sita who is found on the road by Janak, the king of Mithila and his wife Sunaina. In her adolescent, Sita learns martial arts and acquires knowledge on different subjects in ashram of Rishi Shvetaketu. The book describes fictional life Sita right from her childhood until her exile of 14 years with her husband and Ram and her brother-in-law Laxman.

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3) Karna’s Wife:The Outcast’s Queen

Karna’s Wife:The Outcast’s Queen

This fictional book is written Kavita Kane about the wife of Karna, the unsung hero of Mahabharata. The story is portrayed through the eyes of Urvi, wife of Karna who falls in love with Karna and dares to choose ‘Sutaputra’ over Arjun. The book unfolds various events of Mahabharata and its impact on her own life.

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4) The Palace of Illusions

The Palace of Illusions

Palace of Illusions is written by award-winning novelist and poet Chita Banerjee Divakaruni. The novel has been illustrated from Draupadi’s  (Panchali’s) point of view about a woman who belongs from patriarchal society.

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5) The Pregnant King

The Pregnant King

Devdutt Pattanaik who is also a medical doctor has represented quite a story about a king named Yuvanashva who accidentally drinks a tonic meant to make his childless queen pregnant. The story of a pregnant king is referred from the era of Mahabharata, told by a sage Lomasa to five Pandavas in their exile term.

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6) Scion of Ikshvaku

Scion of Ikshvaku

This fantasy book is authored by Amish Tripathi following the life of Ram, the incarnation of Vishnu. The story begins with King Dasharth of Ayodhya who is defeated in a war with Raavan and birth of his son Ram from his first queen Kaushalya. The book is all about Ram’s life with some politics and his 14-year exile with his wife and brother.

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7) The Secret of the Nagas

 The Secret of the Nagas

This is second book in Shiva Trilogy where the inhabitants of Meluha are saved by Shiva.  Afterwards, Shiva along with his soldiers takes off towards East to the land of Branga in search of Naga people. In between, he also comes to know that Sati’s first child and her twin sister are still alive.

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8) The Oath of the Vayuputras

The Oath of the Vayuputras

It is final book of Shiva Trilogy. Starting from where it is left in previous books, Shiva finds true evil in The Oath of the Vayuputras. After the declaration of war, Shiva travels to meet Vayuputras. What he saws after his return makes him enraged and he destroys the capital Meluha and Somars.

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9) Myth = Mithya

 Myth = Mithya

This book elucidates some of the most unanswered questions of Hindu Mythology in most intriguing manner using distinctive illustrations and diagrams. Likewise, why Kauravas went to heaven and all Pandavas were sent to hell except Yudhishtira; why Ram is still considered as idol despite abandoning his wife or why Shiva decapitated fifth head of Brahma.

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10) Asura : Tale of the Vanquished

 Asura : Tale of the Vanquished

It is Anand Neelakantan’s debut novel published in 2012. This book represents Ramayana from Ravana’s perspective and explaining his life struggles that made him what he was.

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11) The Krishna Key

The Krishna Key

The novel is about Professor Ravi Mohan Saini and a historian who has been accused of the murder of Anil Varshney, a famous archaeologist who also happens to be childhood friend of Professor Ravi. In the process of clearing his name, Professor discovers the truth about serial killer, Taarak Vakil who assumes himself as final avatar of Vishnu.

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12) Ajaya: Roll of the Dice

 Ajaya: Roll of the Dice

This mythological fiction is first book of the Ajaya series. While Jaya is the story of Pandavas, Ajaya is the narrative of Kauravas from Duryodhan’s perspective.

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13) My Gita

My Gita

In My Gita, Devdutt Pattanaik makes The Bhagavad Gita readable for present-day reader in elementary  manner with the help of simple diagrams and examples.

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14) Rise of Hastinapur

Rise of Hastinapur

Mahabharata is not only about war but also about its women. The book is about Amba, the Princess of Kasi who is abducted by Bhisma; Kunti – sister to Vasudeva and Krishna’s aunt; Gandhari – Queen of Gandhara and sister of Shaukuni, the man behind greatest war of all time.

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15) Indian Mythology

Indian Mythology

This book consist of 99 classic myths of India providing clear understanding of Hinduism. Indian Mythology sets comparison with other famous world history and provides testaments that how ancient India is still vital.

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sheetal May 14, 2020 at 8:59 am

NIce books thanks for the suggestions

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