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Nala Damayanti: The Steadfast Lovers (Vol. 507)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. Nala, king of Nishadha, was handsome and brave. He was skilled in the use of arms and horses and in games of chance. Narada, the sage ever on the move, told Nala of the beauty and intelligence of Damayanti, daughter of the king of Vidarbha. Nala, longing to convey his love to her, found his messenger in a golden swan in the garden pool. The golden swan brought about the union of Nala and Damayanti. For them fortune turned in a game of chance that Nala played with his cousin. Banished from royalty, Nala and Damayanti had to brave many turns and twists in life. They faced separation, with Nala in the service of a king and Damayanti back to her parents. Damayanti reunited them through a clever ploy. The tale is told here from Mahabharata the world`s longest epic in the ancient language Sanskrit. It was translated into Latin way back in the 19th century! Printed Pages: 32. Nala Damayanti: The Steadfast Lovers (Vol. 507)Amar Chitra Katha9788189999292

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Tales of Balarama: Valiant Brother of Krishna (Vol. 645)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. Balarama was Krishna`s elder brother and his mate in their joint exploits. Balarama is simple-minded and depends on his physical strength in combat. Balarama`s symbol was his plough. He used the plough to make a channel from the river Yamuna to a far-off dry land. It was the plough that procured for him the suitable bride Revati. Balarama and Krishna jontly fought with Kamsa in their early years. But Balarama kept himself away from the later war of Kauravas and Pandavas. Printed Pages: 32. Tales of Balarama: Valiant Brother of Krishna (Vol. 645)Amar Chitra Katha9788184822861

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Ganesha: The Remover of all Obstacles

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2016. 5th or later edition. Softcover. New. 17 x 24 cm. Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is considered the god of wisdom. The devotees worship him at the start of any new undertaking for its success. The god is special in that he carries the head of an elephant. Ganas were attendants of Shiva and Parvati. Once Parvati, alone at home and going for a bath, asked one of the Ganas to stand as guard and not allow anyone in. The Gana made an exception of Shiva, which made Parvati angry. Shiva told her to have her own Gana. She made one out of the saffron paste on her body, called him her son and posted him as guard. This Gana boy refused entry to Shiva, fought Shiva`s Ganas and even the gods that came to assist them. Finally, Shiva beheaded him, only to find Parvati extremely angry for Shiva had harmed her son. Shiva revived the Gana with the head of the first creature found, which was an elephant. Thus it happened that the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati became Ganesha, `Chief of Ganas`. Printed Pages: 32. NA

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Indra and Shibi: Tales of the wise Lord of Heaven (Vol. 524)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. It is little wonder that Indra was the lord of all gods - he displayed the true characteristics of a perfect leader. It was his diligence and eye for detail that ensured that only the virtuous were given god-like status. Arrogance and impatience were soon corrected. But, most importantly, as a leader, Lord Indra strove to be worthy of his position. Though references of Indra occur in Hindu scriptures from Vedic times to the medieval age, there had been a gradual erosion in his importance. The Vedic Indra, wielder of the thunderbolt, was among the most important deities, but by the Puranic period, he had become almost a vassal of the Trimurti Printed Pages: 32. Indra and Shibi: Tales of the wise Lord of Heaven (Vol. 524)Amar Chitra Katha9788189999056

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Tales of Narada: Tales of Devotion and Rivalry (Vol. 520)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2009. Softcover. New. Sage Narada symbolises unqualified devotion to Lord Vishnu, also known as Narayana. He is inseparable from his veena and has the name of Lord Narayana always on his lips. In the Puranic stories, it is Narada who puts the lord`s devotees to test. But when he himself is put to test will the clelstial sage emerge victorious? Printed Pages: 32. Tales of Narada: Tales of Devotion and Rivalry (Vol. 520)Amar Chitra Katha9788189999049

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Jayadratha: Retold from the Mahabharata (Vol. 653)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. Jayadratha is one of the most despicable characters to be found in the Mahabharata. He terrorised the helpless and cowered before the mighty. The encounter between him and Arjuna, the valiant Pandava, described in the Jayadratha-Vadha Parva (a sub-section of the Drona Parva of the Mahabharata), makes absorbing reading. Jayadratha was responsible for the death of Arjuna`s son Abhimanyu. Arjuna set out to avenge his son`s death and the cowardly Jayadratha took shelter behind the massive army of Duryodhana. How Arjuna surmounted the obstacles put in his way in his final encounter with Jayadratha is narrated in this Amar Chitra Katha. Printed Pages: 32. Jayadratha: Retold from the Mahabharata (Vol. 653)Amar Chitra Katha9788184820218

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Ayyappan: The Lord of Shabarimala (Vol. 673)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. A strange and fascinating series of divine events led to the birth of Manikanthan, who had a glorious destiny. According to Indian mythology, he is one of the sons of the great ascetic Lord Shiva. At the end of a life full of dramatic events, Lord Parashurama himself sculpted and installed an idol of Manikanthan in the hill temple of Shabari. There, as Lord Ayyappan, he is worshipped as the presiding deity of the whole range. This lone temple on the top of the Shabari Hills, deep in the forests of Kerala, attracts millions of devotees from all over the country every year. They travel through dense forests full of wild animals, over steep hills and in inclement weather for a darshan (glimpse) of Ayyappan on Makar Sankranti (a festival which falls on the 14th of January). It is said that the Lord comes down to the Shabari Hills on Makar Sankranti in the form of light to give darshan to his innumerable devotees and that he himself lights the temple lamp. Then, in a moving and beautiful ritual, the pilgrims partake of the prasad and walk backwards down the 18 steps, their faces turned towards the Lord, shining with devotion and ecstasy. Printed Pages: 32. Ayyappan: The Lord of Shabarimala (Vol. 673)Amar Chitra Katha9788184820164

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Tapati (Vol. 745)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media. Softcover. New. Tapati, the daughter of Surya, catches the site of the mortal Samvarana and falls in love wth him. She appears before him in the forest, and he is so enchanted by her, he swoons and falls on the ground. Walking along a river bank one day, Sage Sthulakesha sees a little girl abandoned there. He takes her home and name her Pramadvara. When Pramadvara grows up, she falls in love with Ruru. But just a few weeks before their wedding she is bitten by a snake and dies. Ruru wanders into the forest, beside himself with grief. Both these stories are taken from the Mahabharata. T apati and Samvarana had a son named Kuru, the ancestors of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The field of kurukshetra upon which the battle takes place is also named after kuru Printed Pages: 32. Tapati (Vol. 745)Amar Chitra Katha9788189999902

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The Golden Mongoose: Tales of Duty from the Mahabharata (Vol. 670)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. The stories in this Amar Chitra Katha are retold from the Mahabharata, which is an Indian epic that has had a profound influence on the culture and philosophy of people over the ages. Besides the main story of the feud between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, there are smaller tales found in this epic, which reflect the value systems prevalent in that age. Atithidevo bhava, or `may your guest be a god to you`, is an essential value mentioned in one of the Upanishads. The three stories in this book bear testimony to the extent of importance placed on hospitality as one`s primary dharma or duty. `The Golden Mongoose` tells a story of the ultimate sacrifice, where a Brahmin family risks starvation and death to fulfill the hunger of a guest. `The Enlightened Butcher` speaks of duty and virtue and the inseparable link between the two in one`s quest for truth. `The Pigeon`s Sacrifice` is a simple story of hospitality as one`s foremost duty, beyond all else. Printed Pages: 32. Golden Mongoose: Tales of Duty from the Mahabharata (Vol. 670)Amar Chitra Katha9788184822885

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The Pandava Princes: Pandu`s Five Brave Sons (Vol. 626)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. Wise Yudhishthira, strong Bheema, Skilful Arjuna, brave Nakula and Sahadeva - five expectionally talented brothers whose youthful exuberance made their kaurava cousins very jealous. Things only got worse when Duryodhana found that everyone wanted Yudhishthira as king. It was their courage and skill that helped the Pandavas princes survive several murderous plots. And as a bonus, they won themselves wonderful wives! The Mahabharata is essentially the story of the Pandavas and their cousins, the Kauravas. Around the theme of their rivalry and feud is built an epic which has influenced millions of Indians over the centuries. In the process, the sons of Pandu have become heroes to the nation. The heroes of the Mahabharata are life-like in that they have their faults and foibles. But while their shortcomings give them their human appeal, their achievements gave them heroic stature. All through their life they faced difficulties and hardships brought on them by fate as well as by the flaws in their characters. But they triumphed over them because they had faith in themselves and, most importantly, in God. Valour and courage are the qualities most associated with the Pandavas. But they were also marked by humility and charity without which they could have never won the divine friendship of Krishna. Printed Pages: 32. Pandava Princes: Pandu`s Five Brave Sons (Vol. 626)Amar Chitra Katha9788190599061

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Karttikeya (Vol. 529) (in Hindi)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media. Softcover. New. Karttikeya is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He was brought forth to destroy the three demon brothers that troubled the gods. His name means `son of Krittika`s` (six stars of the constellation Pleiades). The story tells how he came to have six faces. Even as a boy, Karttikeya sets out on his mission. He has encounters with a mountain, and the demons one after the other. They all consider him a small fry in the beginning but finally fall in the battles. These events are described in a poem in Tamil, the ancient and still living language of the southernmost part of India. Printed Pages: 32. Karttikeya (Vol. 529) (in Hindi)Amar Chitra Katha9788184822649

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Mirabai (Vol. 535) (in Hindi)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media. Softcover. New. Mira was a princess of a small kingdom in Rajasthan. From childhood she was devoted to Krishna. She was married queen into the royal house of Chittor. Though the family deity was goddess Durga, she continued to worship and sing of Krishna. Her songs of devotion to Krishna became popular and she came to be called a saint. She declared that she was married to Krishna. When her husband the king died, she refused to be `sati` or the wife that climbs the funeral pyre with the dead husband. Many were the tribulations she was subjected to. She braved them all. The end came as she wished, while she was singing of Krishna. Mirabai`s `bhajans` (devotional songs) are sung all over India by the masses as well as by masters of classical music. Printed Pages: 32. Mirabai (Vol. 535) (in Hindi)Amar Chitra Katha9788184823035

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Asiatic Mythology

By Huart Hackin

Asian Educational Services, 1994. Hardcover. New. This large book contains a detailed description and explanation of the mythologies of practically all regions of Asia with scholars like J.Hackin, Clement Huart, Raymonde Linossier, H. de Wilman Grabowska, Charles-Henri Marchal, Henri Maspero and Serge Eliseev, this book is a wonderful read for anybody who is or is not acquainted with the various mythologies. The mythologies that are discussed are that of Persia (Parsi mythology), Kafirs (a non muslim sect of Afghanistan), Buddhism in India, Brahmanic Mythology, Lamaism, Mythology of Indo-China and Java, Mythology of modern China and the mythology of Japan. The book has 15 plates and 354 other illustration in the text. This book is a reprint of the 1932 edition. Printed Pages: 460. NA

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The Sons of Rama (Vol. 503)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media. Softcover. New. Rama as king affirmed - "" To make the people happy, I could give up anything - love, pleasure and even Sita."" So, when whispers doubting Sita`s chastity in Ravana`s captivity, came to Rama he sent away the pregnant Sita. She was given refuge by sage Valmiki, author of the `Ramayana`. There she gave birth to twin sons who were named Kush and Luv. Valmiki trained them into martial arts as well as recital of Ramayana. Rama pined for Sita, even as he performed the royal horse sacrifice. The horse was trotted abroad with Lakshmana as defender. Kush and Luv were revealed as sons of Sita, to Lakshmana in their winning encounter with him. The twin sons and Sita appeared before Rama and Sita finally returned to mother Earth. The story is narrated here from the 8th century playwright Bhavabhuti`s Sanskrit play called ""The Later Life of Rama"". Printed Pages: 32. Sons of Rama (Vol. 503)Amar Chitra Katha9788189999254

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Ghatotkacha: The Chivalrous Demon (Vol. 592)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. Ghatotkacha was one of the finest characters in the Mahabharata - affectionate and kind, even though he was a Rakshasa. Perhaps that was because he was only half Rakshasa as the son of Bheema and the Rakshasi Hidimbaa. From his mother he learnt all the arts of the Rakshasas; from his father he inherited an affectionate and chivalrous temperament. He was an invaluable ally to the Pandavas in times of trouble - he appeared before them whenever they thought of him. The theme of Vatsala`s wedding, very popular in South India, is much exploited in ballads and stories. It was Ghatotkacha, who with his Rakshasa hordes and their magical powers made the wedding of Abhimanyu and Vatsala possible. This story is not found in the Mahabharata or in Sanskrit literature. It seems to have evolved at a much later date, as a legend in Telegu and Kannada. The exponents of the art of Harikatha count this story as the most popular one in their repertoire and it has been handed down by word of mouth for generations. This Amar Chitra Katha is derived partly from the Mahabharata and partly from legend. Printed Pages: 32. Ghatotkacha: The Chivalrous Demon (Vol. 592)Amar Chitra Katha9788184821994

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Krishna and Narakasura: Confidence Versus Arrogance (Vol. 522)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. Narakasura (Naraka the demon) was a vicious tyrant who subdued the gods, brought away their tusked elephants, sixteen thousand maidens and jewels from the earrings of the God-Mother. The chief of gods approached Krishna for help. Kishna with his wife, rode Garuda (the eagle) and went over obstacles of water, fire and wind to Narkasura`s city-gate guarded by a five-headed demon. With his whirling wheel-discus and piercing arrows, Krishna killed the guard and other demons and finally Narakasura himself. This is the story of why the first of four days of Diwali - the Festival of Lights is named after Naraka! Printed Pages: 32. Krishna and Narakasura: Confidence Versus Arrogance (Vol. 522)Amar Chitra Katha9788189999421

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Indian Mythology

By Ranadip Mukhopadhyay

Saurabh Publishing House/Lotus Press, 2007. Hardcover. New. Mythology being an immensely comprehensive and abstruse topic in general, and Indian mythology in practical, it’s never an easy task putting together a book that seek to outline heroic sags and religious legends of the vast Indian subcontinent. The present book provides a comprehensive study on Indian mythology. Students of mythology and religious studies will be highly benefited by this well-prepared book. Printed Pages: 264. NA

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Prahlad: A Tale of Devotion from the Bhagawat Purana (Vol. 537)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. Prahlad drove his monstrous father to a murderous rage. He insisted on praising Lord Vishnu who was considered a sworn enemy by his father Hiranyakashipu. When he tried to punish his disobedient son, Hiranyakashipu`s potent poisons turned to nectar while his lethal weapons fell harmlessly away. In this tale of bloodthirsty revenge, Prahlad`s only defence is his devotion which dramatically puts an end to all evil. Printed Pages: 32. Prahlad: A Tale of Devotion from the Bhagawat Purana (Vol. 537)Amar Chitra Katha9788184820195

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Dhruva and Ashtavakra: They Reached for the Skies (Vol. 571)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media, 2008. Softcover. New. To possess true knowledge, one need not be grey-haired or bald` - this ancient adage was proved true by the young Dhruva and Ashtavarka. Dhruva countered the evil intentions of his scheming stepmother with intense devotion. Ashtavarka worked hard and by the age of 12 had absorbed all there was to learn. One was rewarded with a kingdom and a shining place in the celestial world for ever more; the other`s brilliance brought his father back to life. Printed Pages: 32. NA

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Indra And Vritra (Vol. 755)

By Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha/ACK Media. Softcover. New. Vritra, the invincible asura, was created by Sage Twashta to avenge the death of his son, Vishwarupa, who had been killed by Indra. There was no weapon in the arsenal of the gods that could stop Vritra as he went on a rampage. Indra and the gods appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. Vishnu told them that only a weapon made from the bones of Sage Dadhichi would kill Vritra. The battle between Vritra and Indra was first told in the Rigveda. The version used here is taken from the Bhagawat Purana. Printed Pages: 32. Indra And Vritra (Vol. 755)Amar Chitra Katha9788184822212

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