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Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik


“High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.

The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Yijaya, both whose names mean ‘victory’. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha.

In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve. What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata.”

Brilliantly using a series of 250 line drawings and  notes on the various regional versions of the great epic, Devdutt Pattanaik skilfully presents an intriguing and captivating retelling of the Mahabharata.

Vyasa’s sanskrit epic, which was originally known as Jaya, is analysed by Pattanaik on various levels. The original versions give the events as they supposedly unfolded. This version however, not only gives the causes and effects for the events, it also brings forth the important lessons that were meant to be learnt from these events. The author adds interesting unknown facts like Draupadi’s secret love for Karna, her husbands’ arch enemy, that never found a place in the many versions that exist.

“Refusal to accept the flow of the world is the root of all misery.”

Devdutt Pattanaik known for his expertise in the field of mythology, does not let the reader down. This brilliantly researched and equally brilliantly presented book is a book that everyone will enjoy.

Rating- 5/5


Devdutt Pattanaik


372 pages


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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