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7 Indian comics based on mythology

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Right from our childhood, we have been hearing stories from Indian mythology. Characters from Mahabharata and Ramayana especially ruled our childhood.

Taking a cue from the love for Indian mythologies, comics have always satiated the hunger for cartoon lovers.

Here is a list of seven cartoons based on mythologies

Ravanayan

ravanayanThis ten part comic series created by Vivek Goel and Vijayendra Mohanty and published by Holy Cow Entertainment is the perfect example of depicting an old story with a contemporary twist. It is the retelling of Ramayana with Ravana as the protagonist and is the best way of engrossing children and young adults in this cult epic.

Shiva- The Legend of the Immortals

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This series by Vimanika Comics depicts the tales of Shiva revealing various aspects of his convoluted personality. Till date, the series comprises of two books. The first book deals with ‘story of the origin of the universe and Lord Shiva’s marriage to Sati.’ The second book ‘dwells extremely on the love story of Lord Shiva and Parvati, their marriage and the battle between Kartikeya and Tarkasur.’

 

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This classic Indian monthly magazine started by B. Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani, and edited by Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao for 28 years is the longest running comic in the Indianmythology sector. First published in Telugu and Tamil, it was published in Hindi in 1949 and now runs across 12 languages.

Aghori

aghoriWritten by Ram Iyer, published by Holy Cow Entertainment, and illustrated by Vivek Goel and Gaurav Srivastav, this comic introduces us to the intriguing life and culture of Aghoris. They are ascetic Shaiva Sadhus engaging in post-mortem rituals, sometimes involving cannibalism. It comprises large readership due to its marvelous mythological tales of these Shiva devotees.

 

I Am Kalki

The tenth incarnation of Vishnu is Kalki Avatar or holocaust. Kalki’s divine mission is to destroy the demons of corruption and ignorance. Kalki is a dark, slender, handsome and youthful boy who gradually discovers that he has many powers in his control. He begins a new life in the city, and behaves like any average teenager; but in the night, he goes around hunting down enemies of humanity the modern day demons.

This book of three complete volumes with the fourth on its way has engaged readers in the heroic story of this celebrated figure immensely.

Krishna: A Journey Within

krishna-webThis astounding fable of wit and wisdom by Abhishek Singh is ‘a searing, human portrayal of Lord Krishna’ which journeys along the pastimes that have swayed through ages. ‘It is the final confrontation between fire and man’s consuming greed to conquer all and the supreme power of the Divine Spirit.’

 

Pandavas 5

Exclusively produced in broadcast partnership with Disney/BeunaVista International, this anime inspired a story from the house of RME revolves around the adventures of five uniquely Chandamamatalented Pandavas and their journey from rigorous training at Dronacharya’s hermitage to winning at a competition in the city of Panchal. This multi-layered story full of delicious maneuver shows how Pandavas excel at the art of warfare and aesthetics along with the resentful competition from their cousins, the Kauravas.

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Gear Up Indian Women Writers! Time to Call for Celebration on August 24

The festival is likely to call attention to gender issues, creativity, issues revolving around feminism

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Bengaluru, Aug 22, 2017: In today’s era, it would be wrong to say that there is a dearth of female writers or no female writers at all. From illustrated novels to mythology and humorous copies to science fiction — it would be a mistake to pigeonhole these writing styles as the male-centric. Definitely not when there are a plethora of women writers existent in this domain.

Here is a chance to all the women authors out there to showcase their talent to the city with an initiative called “SheThePeople”. It is a storytelling platform that invigorates women to swap ideas and work in a well-accorded manner.

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Pronouncing it as a  celebration of the Indian women writers, publishers, storytellers, editors and novelist, the communications consultant Rupali Mehra, also associated with the event, stated: “We have conducted two events in Delhi and Mumbai. Bengaluru was chosen this time as it has produced talented women authors and poets and has a vibrant reading culture,” mentioned The Hindu report.

The event will witness the participation of writers including Sowmya Aji, Shinie Antony, Jahnavi Barua, Jane De Suza, Priyanka Pathak Narain and Gita Aravamudan.

The founder of SheThePeople, Shaili Chopra said: “The idea was to give rise to a platform where we give women voices the majority. That said, our programmes are not restricted to just women. We encourage men to be part of this dialogue”.

The event is reported to have panel discussions on women writing humour, women bloggers, short stories, children’s literature, and mythology among others. The festival will put the spotlight on gender issues, feminism, creativity, and narratives created by women to define their space.

The festival is likely to call attention to gender issues, creativity, issues revolving around feminism, anecdotes devised by women to mark their space.

Author and blogger Kiran Manral on the need for an event focussing only women said: “Women writers need a space where they can discuss issues that inform their writing which can be different from what male writers face. A festival like this provides a warm nurturing space to have these conversations.”


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Book Review: Hinduism in Ancient India and the Various Aspects of its Traditions by Greg Bailey

These seven essays from the book range from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata to the mythologies that form the core of Hinduism

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  • “Hinduism in India: The Early Period’ is a compilation of essays highlighting different aspects of Hinduism
  • The Book is edited by Greg Bailey and published by SAGE
  • It is made up of seven essays covering a variety of epics and mythologies

August 15: 2017:  A compilation of essays defining various aspects of Hinduism and its traditions, Sage Publications brings to you a beautiful book by Greg Bailey, titled “Hinduism in India: The Early Period’.

Although it is complex to concise something as vast as Hinduism in a single book, Greg Bailey’s topics of selection are worthy of comprehension.

There is a total of seven essays that make up this book. These seven essays range from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata to the mythologies that are at the core of Hinduism. Bailey’s efforts of compiling the most vital of events together should be applauded.

However, Free Press Journal had rightly observed that ‘Hinduism in India’ is sort of redundant due to the fact that India’s gift to the world was Hinduism and even today Hinduism largely refers to India.

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CHAPTER 1

The first chapter of the book, is, of course, the introduction to the book written by Greg Bailey himself. He provides an overview of Hinduism and its principles. It was rightly observed in the review that most readers are accustomed to the usage of BC and AD for studying chronology, whereas the book has used BCE and ACE which can prove to be an impediment for some time. Referring to Axel Michaels, Greg Bailey has highlighted the significance of rituals in Hinduism. Rituals like sacrifice and asceticism are at the very core of Hindu religion. But they are not exclusive to Hinduism. Sacrifices and asceticism are present in other religions as well. Furthermore, Bailey explains the division of rituals into three distinct parts. The first two of these include- Devotional practices/ beliefs and Public Animal Sacrifice. Sacrifices are now rare in the modern practice of Hinduism.

CHAPTER 2

The second chapter of the book is also written by the editor Greg Bailey. It is about the wider aspects of Hinduism. It also states the classification of Historical periods. The writer then talks about how different rulers and empires contributed to the shaping up of Hinduism. The four phases of Hindu life, i.e. student life, householder, hermit and ascetic wandered are also presented. But this is a little discrepancy because last two phases are retirement and renunciation. The chapter ends with a discussion on the conflict of class between mainstream and independent Hindus.

CHAPTER 3

The third chapter of the book is titled ‘Rituals’. It is written by Axel Michaels. The chapter is interesting because rituals are integrated deeply within the religion. However, a lot of discrepancies are to be found. Renunciation, according to Michaels, is a ritual. But there is no reason to believe so. Secondly, ‘Garbha’ which is the womb is referred to as the semen. Being from another religion, it may have been immensely complicated for the writer to figure out Hindu rituals.

CHAPTER 4

The fourth chapter of the book is dedicated to Mahabharata, authored by Adam Bowles. Bowles has done a good research on the Hindu epic and his study is shown in his writing. For those who do not know the Mahabharata, this chapter is a revelation. The chapter is in fact so extensive that one might conclude all of Hinduism is tells the story of Mahabharata.

CHAPTER 5

Titled ‘Mythology’, the fourth chapter of the book is written by Greg Bailey. Free Press Journal suggests this chapter can be avoided due to the many lapses present. Bailey’s reference of technical institutes teaching management techniques and western based management techniques is nothing but preposterous.

CHAPTER 6

‘Religious Pathways’ is the chapter five written by Angelika Malinar. Her literary expertise helped Swami Vivekananda find pithy treatment. This chapter is a powerful one. If any discrepancy it is that the Bhakti movement which played a major role in influencing Hinduism and society was not discussed extensively. The focus given to Bhakti could have been much more.

CHAPTER 7

The chapter seven of the book is the longest chapter also. Written by Eric John Lott and titled ‘Hindu Theology’, it talks at great length about the Epics, Puranas, Vedas, Bhagwad Gita, Vedanta, and Poetry. Lott’s attempt is worth applauding because he tried to cover a very broad topic in a nutshell. Issues of sentiments have been objectively met by the author.

CHAPTER 8

The last chapter is a dedication to Hindu art by author Crispin Branfoot. Religion is influenced by its art and scriptures. The author has talked about temples, scriptures and other art forms that have resulted in our knowledge of Hinduism. Crispin Branfoot has done a remarkable job of talking about art, which is itself limitless. Over so many years, different art forms have helped to shape Hinduism but Branfoot had tried to cover most of these. Temples of Khajuraho, Angkor Vat, and Mamallapuram have all been mentioned.

To conclude, the book is good for anybody who wants to refer to some events or definitions since the categorization of the essays and their sequence is a job well done. It is interesting to read this painstaking effort by authors and scholars to objectively portray the different aspects of the religion that is Hinduism. Their efforts are exhibited in their writings.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Is Ashwatthama Still Alive? These facts Will Take You By Surprise

Does Ashwatthama exist or not?

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  • Ashwatthama was  Guru Drona’s son
  • Lord Krishna was furious at Ashwatthama as he killed Pandava’s sons
  • Krishna cursed him with horrible kind of leprosy that would haunt him for as long as 3,000 years

August 13, 2017: In Hindu mythology, Ashwatthama was a warrior and we all have grown up listening to the mythological tales. One wonders if he is alive, not as a result of being immortal but rather as curse given to him by Lord Krishna.

Ashwatthama, also known as Drauni was the son of Guru Drona; he is the avatar of one of the eleven Rudras and also is one amongst the seven Chiranjivi. His grandfather was the Brahmin sage Bharadwaja. After Arjuna and Karna, Ashwatthama (on behalf of the Kauravas) was the one who killed most number of warriors in the Kurukshetra war.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was furious at Ashwatthama as he killed Pandava’s sons. Krishna cursed him, for killing Pandava’s sons with an unending life of pain and suffering. It is believed that Krishna cursed him with horrible kind of leprosy that would haunt him for as long as 3,000 years. Krishna also warned everybody that Ashwatthama would not be helped by anyone or even provided with food or shelter. His body was thus covered in ghastly wounds which wouldn’t heal due to the curse. It was so worse that blood and pus came out of his wounds constantly.

Why was this curse given to him? Mythology has the answers. As per Mahabharata, Ashwatthama was adored by his father. False rumors spread about his son’s death in the Kurukshetra war led to his father dying at the hands of Prince Dhrishtadyumna. Ashwatthama was brimmed with revenge, he got permission from the dying Duryodhana to be brutal in killing Dhrishtadhyumna after the war had ended. As he promised Duryodhana at the end of the war that he would kill Pandavas. So, he attacked their camp at odd hours, in the middle of the night, but by error ended up killing  5 Pandavas sons of Draupadi. The Pandavas were full of rage by this act that they chased him, which ultimately resulted in his fight with Arjuna.

When the fight was going on, Ashwatthama invoked the ‘Brahmastra’ against Arjuna and Arjuna in response to that invoked the ‘Pashupatastra’. The Sages feared that it will lead to the destruction of the world and thus advised both of them to take back their weapons immediately. While Arjuna could do as advised by the sages, Ashwathama could not and was given the option to choose any single target to destroy.

Out of ill will, he directed the weapon straight to Uttara’s womb, she was  Arjuna’s daughter-in-law. Uttara was carrying the son of Abhimanyu- the unborn Parikshit, who upon birth was going to be the future heir of the Pandava brothers. The Brahmastra weapon was proved to be successful in completely burning the fetus, but Krishna somehow was able to save the stillborn child and then he cursed Ashwatthama with leprosy and also that he will wander the world helpless for 3,000 years.

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As per a different version of this tale, it is believed that he was cursed that until the end of the Kaliyuga he has to remain alive. Some people believe that Ashwatthama migrated to  Arabian Peninsula. It means that he should be still alive still and there has been proof of it (even though vague) that he is indeed alive.

There is a doctor in Madhya Pradesh who claimed that he had patient with a tough wound- a septic forehead. Even after applying a fail-proof medical solution many times, the wound did not go and it kept bleeding. Shocked to see this, the doctor said that according to him, the wound seems ageless and can’t be cured. He added, “I wonder are you Ashwathama”, and laughed after it. When he turned to him to apply the next dose, the patient just vanished. The story was claimed to be true and thus it’s said that maybe he is alive.

There is a Yogi called Pilot Baba who claims that he had met Ashwatthama (he was living with tribes at foothills of Himalaya). It is believed that each morning Ashwatthama offers flowers to a Shivling. Apart from this, according to locals, a very tall man with a noticeable dent on his forehead and on the middle of his forehead visits a restaurant owner once every year, somewhere in the foothills of the Himalayas. Once a year, he goes and eats all the food prepared by the owner and drinks a minimum of 100 liters of water. These claims have been made by locals who see the man every year.

The villagers on the other hand claim that the man after quenching his thirst and anger then quietly disappears into the forest only to appear the next year. It is said that in the Dwayapar Yuga the average height of a man used to be anywhere between 12-14 foot and a man of this stature cannot be from this era. Also, the people at that time had massive appetites and could live on food they ate once a year for the whole of next year. However, even with all these stories, Ashwatthama sightings are very rare since he has the power to choose to be visible or remain invisible.

– by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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