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The Man From the Egg (Unusual Tales About the Trinity)

The Man From the Egg (Unusual Tales About the Trinity)
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Item Code: NAH807
Author: Sudha Murty
Publisher: Puffin Book
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9780143427865
Pages: 184 (15 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch
weight of the book: 140 gms
Back of the Book

The Trinity consisting of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, is the omnipresent trio responsible for the survival of the human race and the world as we know it. They are popular deities of worship all over India, but what remain largely unknown are some of their extraordinary stories.

Award-winning author Sudha Murty walks by your side, weaving enchanting tales of the three most powerful gods from the ancient world. Each story will take you back to a magical time when people could teleport, animals could fly and reincarnation was simply a fact of life.

About the Author

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon, north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fictional pieces, and six bestselling books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages. Sudha Murty is the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature (2006), the Padma Shri (2006) and the Attimabbe Award from the Government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature (2011).

Introduction

In India, the term Trimurti is used in reference to the three faces of god. They are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and collectively called the Trinity.

Together, they represent the oneness of the universe while retaining their distinctive nature and are known for their ability to grant people boons. Hymns are chanted every day all over India, in temples and homes, and countless stories abound in their praise.

And yet many questions remain.

Several temples are dedicated to Shiva, as well as Vishnu and his various avatars. But there are hardly any that are dedicated to Brahma, an equally important part of the Trinity. Why?

How do the demons or asuras attempt to cheat the Trinity in their endless quest for immortality? How do their efforts fail?

Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati are the respective consorts of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. But it is Parvati who displays many avatars and is popular as Shakti, the divine female power, and Durga, the warrior goddess. How did Parvati, a beautiful and gentle being, come to be known as a feared warrior?

This is the second volume of my series on Indian mythology, written for my dear readers and for future generations.

As always, I would like to thank my wonderful editor Shrutkeerti Khurana and Anju Kulkarni for their roles in bringing out this book. I am also grateful to Sohini Mitra and Hemali Sodhi from Penguin for their support and belief in me.

Contents

  Introduction ix
  OMKARA SWARUPA  
1 Brahma's Folly 3
2 A Celestial Solution 7
  SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM  
3 The Story of Sati 15
4 The Birth of Paravati 19
5 The Indian Cupid 24
6 A Match Made in Heaven 30
7 The Moon and the Leaf 34
8 The Legends of the Elephant God 39
9 The Slaying of the Asuras 47
10 the Half-Man, Half-Woman 55
11 Folk Tales 58
  SAMBHAVAMI YUGE YUGE  
12 The Bones of Dadhichi 77
13 The Churniming of the Ocean 80
14 The Ten Avatars 87
15 Three Mortal Lifetimes 101
16 A Friend in Need 115
17 The Man from the Egg 123
18 The Forked Tongues 129
19 The Honest Cheater 134
20 The Choice of Death 139
21 To Marry a Monkey or a Bear 143
22 The Web of Illusion 149
23 The Debt for a Wedding 154
24 The Asura and the Super-God 164
  Notes 167

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