Book Review: Mahagatha: 100 Tales from the Puranas by Satyarth Nayak

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Book Title: Mahagatha: 100 Tales from the Puranas
Author: Satyarth Nayak
Publisher: HarperCollins India

Book Review
Hindu mythology refers to a vast body of ancient stories, beliefs, and traditions that have evolved over thousands of years in the Indian subcontinent. These myths encompass many gods, goddesses, heroes, and creatures and are integral to Hindu religion and culture. Some of the most well-known Hindu myths include the creation story of the god Brahma, the tales of Vishnu and his avatars (incarnations), and the God Shiva. These stories also have numerous stories of divine and demonic beings and multiple cosmologies and explanations for the origins of life and the universe.

Mahagatha: 100 Tales from the Puranas by Satyarth Nayak book cover
Mahagatha: 100 Tales from the Puranas by Satyarth Nayak

In this connection, author Satyarth Nayak’s new book published by HarperCollins India titled – Mahagatha: 100 Tales from the Puranas is a wholesome book with 100 fascinating tales. As the title indicates, an epic book comprising the 100 best mythical tales from ancient writings has been hand-selected. The author attempted to describe these periods of mythical existence in a highly consecutive sequence. The book starts with Brahma initiating creation and concludes with Janmejaya’s sacrifice of the serpent.

Reading these curated stories can be an enriching experience that provides insight into Hindu culture, religion, and philosophy. Apart from the superficial layer of experience, these stories have moral lessons and teachings that can help individuals develop a solid ethical and moral code.

This book provides an insightful journey into a magical world with mysticism, spirituality, and divinity.

– Swapna Peri

Also, some of these stories can provide individuals with a deeper connection to the divine, resulting in spiritual enrichment. The stories are written in straightforward language, which beginners and children can read. The narrative moves continuously, naturally, and seamlessly across the four yugas; this is fascinating. The font size is comfortable, and the contents and details of each tale’s characters are appreciable. This book provides an insightful journey into a magical world with mysticism, spirituality, and divinity.


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