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Author : Devdutt Pattanaik

About Author :

Dr Devdutt Pattanaik Born on December 11 1970 in Mumbai. Pattanaik completed his graduation in medicine from the Grant Medical College, is a medical doctor by training, a marketing manager by profession and a mythologist by passion and writes on relevance of mythology in modern times. He lectures extensively on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times. His books include 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art. However, Pattanaik later chose to become a mythologist and consultant. Books written by Pattanaik includes Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Myth - Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, 7 Secrets of Shiva, and The Pregnant King.

About Book :

The story has a lucid and provocative introduction named Ancient Hindu seers knew myth as mithya. Pattanaik has explained that it would be arrogant to presume that the ancients actually assumed in "virgin births, flying horses, talking serpents, gods with six heads and demons with eight arms". These are symbolic presentations of the thoughts of truths that need to be conveyed. The concepts in the book are inspired by the revolutionary art, establishment of empires etc. The book is segmented into three parts decanted into the Brahma-Saraswati, Vishnu-Lakshmi and Shiva-Shakti. It features these gods or goddesses in simple and attractive prose and the reference has been taken from the Vedas and Puranas. Indeed it's an amazing collection for reader.