• by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Narrated by Devdutt Pattanaik, Dramanon Theater
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Vijaya, 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. In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.
The 108 chapters abound with little-known details, such as the names of the hundred Kauravas; the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu; the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan, and Barbareek; the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana; and the dating of the war based on astronomical data. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this audiobook reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3,000 years.
Please Note: The audio references accompanying material that is not included with this audiobook.


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Simple yet informative retelling

This book does assume you have some knowledge of the basic outline of the Mahabharata. If you do then this is a brilliant retelling of the story which include some lesser known folk tales. At the end of each chapter the author himself explains the relevance of what happened in regards to Hindu thought and philosophy.

If you don't have a familiarity with the story I would probably still recommend it, then once finished you can listen to it again and pick up on the commentary that you might have missed.
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- Fintain


This is a really nice retelling of the Mahabharata. The basic story is there, told beautifully. Additionally a different narrator offers information about alternative versions, historical and cultural context and philosophical significance.
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- Matthew P. Thacker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-11-2011
  • Publisher: booksTALK Audiobooks