Ramayana Versus Mahabharata: My Playful Comparison

by Devdutt Pattanaik

  1. ISBN: 978-93-5333-230-3
  2. Pages: 208 pages
  3. Date: 24 November 2018


It is a popular belief that the Ramayana is idealistic, while the Mahabharata is realistic. Yet these
two epics have identical building blocks, identical themes, and identical history.

In this groundbreaking book, Devdutt Pattanaik, India’s most popular mythologist, explores the
similarities and dissimilarities between the two epics in a ‘playful comparison’ accompanied by his signature illustrations. Whether it is the family structure, forest exile, or war, the comparison
between the two epics prove a startling point—the Mahabharata is in fact a reaction to the events in the Ramayana.

Ideas in this book are distributed over 56 chapters. In temples ritual, Vishnu is offered 8 different meals daily, different on all seven days of the week—56 dishes in all. May each chapter serve as a mouthwatering offering to the Vishnu within you.


Devdutt Pattanaik writes, illustrates and lectures on relevance of mythology in modern times. He has since 1996, written over 40 books and 700 columns on how stories, symbols and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include [titles as per the publisher]. He consults with corporations on leadership and governance, and TV channels on mythological serials. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. To know more, visit devdutt.com<http://devdutt.com>.

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