The five stories in this volume are all based on the Mahabharata, the great epic of India.
The story of Nala and Damayanti is one of the more romantic episodes, and its pathos has
attracted the attention of writers and poets not only in India, but also in distant
The story of Savitri is one of the many told by Sage Markandeya to the Pandavas
while they were in exile. Markandeya explained to Yudhishthira that regardless of what one
may have to suffer, the chastity and edevotion of women will ultimately bring triumph to
their loved ones and to themselves, just as the chaste Savitri's staunch devotion to her
husband Satyavan brought good fortune not only to her husband, but also to her parents and
her husband's parents.
The story of Kacha and Devayani narrates how Kacha enters the city of the asuras and
learns the secret craft of sanjivani (revival of the dead) from Shukracharya. It also
recounts the triumph of his sense of duty over the pleas of the charming Devayani.
The story of King Shibi has inspired many Indians, down the ages, to protect those
who seek refuge in them. in the story of Indra and Shachi, we trace the fluctuating fortunes
of Indra in his battle with the evil forces that are seeking to oust him. Ultimately, his
wife's devotion protects him through his tribulations.
About the Book
Amar Chitra Katha is a collection of illustrated classics that retell stories from Indian
mythology, history, folktales and
legends through the fascinating medium of comics. Over 430 stories from all over India have
been told in this series that has
been endorsed by educationist and recommended by teachers the world over.
Through a masterful blend of commentary, dialogue and illustration, Amar Chitra
Katha presents complex historical
facts and intricate mythology in a format that would appeal to children. They not only
entertain, but also provide a fitting
introduction to the cultural heritage of India. In a country so vast and varied, the series
also serves as a medium for
national integration, by introducing young readers to the rich cultural diversity of the
country and highlighting the
achievements of local heroes.
Amar Chitra Katha comics are like family heirlooms, passed down from generation to
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