ISBN 9788129115546,Devi The Devi Bhagavatam Retold

Devi The Devi Bhagavatam Retold


Ramesh Menon


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788129115546

ISBN-10 8129115549


Number of Pages 257 Pages
Language (English)

Religion: general

The Devi Bhagavatam, also known as the Devi Bhagavata Purana, 'the old book of the goddess', is an integral part of ancient Indian mythology. It is important for the Shakta sect of Hinduism, which describes the Devi as the foundation of the world, and equivalent in stature to Brahman, the supreme being. The original text was written in Bengali and consists of 318 chapters and 18,000 verses, all praising the Devi as supreme and describing instructions for her worship, including temples and rituals such as the annual ritual of Durga Puja which is celebrated all over India, especially in Bengal. The Devi, the mother of the Universe, is worshipped in India in her many forms as Goddess Durga, Kali, Shakti and Saraswati, to name a few. Menon's Devi : The Devi Bhagavatam Retold, is a condensed version of The Devi Bhagavatam and describes the legends of the Goddess in all her forms and interpretations. The books opens with the birth of Ved Vyasa, who is also regarded as the author of the Mahabharata and narrates poignant instances from his relationship with his son Suka, such as the dialogue between them over the decision to enter Grihastashrama. Also described is the incarnation of the Devi as Goddess Durga and the epic tale of her destruction of the evil demons Rakthabija and Mahishasura. The tale depicting the origin of the holy Indian rivers, Ganga, Padma and Saraswati, is one of the many rich stories connected to our ancient origins, woven into the tapestry of this literary piece on Indian mythology. About Ramesh Menon Ramesh Menon is an author. Some of his popular books are The Hunt for K, The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Krishna: Life and Song of the Blue God, Siva: The Siva Purana Retold, and Bhagavata Purana. A former journalist and bestselling author, Ramesh Menon was born in New Delhi in 1951, and currently lives in Kodaikanal, India.