Book Review: Rama and the Early Avtars of Vishnu by Swami Achuthananda

Hey guys! Back with another book review. This one is slightly different from the genres I have read. ‘Rama and the Early Avtars of Vishnu’ is based on the Indian Mythology.. no where its fiction and completely factual.

To know more about my thoughts on the book.. read on!!

Title: Rama and the Early Avtars of Vishnu

Author: Swami Achuthananda

Genre: Mythology

Length: 180 pages

Rating: 5⭐ / 5

Get your copy here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

Description:

Full-blown trade wars, nuclear threats, attacks on nation’s sovereignty…are we dangerously at the crossroads of a world war that may even threaten entire humanity? Maybe we are, but fear not. Hindus believe that whenever cosmic balance is threatened, Vishnu descends into the world as an avatar of change. “I am born age after age,” says Krishna (Vishnu) in the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu has many avatars, but his top ten avatars are special and known as the Dashavataras. In this volume, we enter the most exciting part of Hindu mythology–the Dashavataras–and discuss the early avatars of Vishnu.

The avatar saga begins with a wicked demon stealing the Vedas while Brahma is sleeping. Vishnu takes the form of a giant fish and not only saves the Vedas but rescues mankind from a great deluge. As we progress through the avatars, you will come across Prahlada, whose story offers a shining example of the extent to which Vishnu would go to protect his devotees. In another incarnation of Vishnu, a generous king called Bali is dispatched to the netherworld for being too ambitious. While ambition is a virtue, not vice, this may seem unfair to the people of Kerala who hold Bali in high esteem. But Vishnu makes amends by bestowing the gift of longevity on Bali. Next, the axe-wielding Parashurama, a Brahmin by birth, embarks on a mission to exterminate the warrior caste from the face of Earth–and largely succeeds until he bumps into another avatar of Vishnu.

The highlight of this volume undoubtedly is Rama, the hero of the Ramayana and a name that is synonymous with dharma (religious duty). About half the book is dedicated to Rama as we dissect Ramayana in detail, particularly the controversies. Although Rama is famous for defeating the ten-headed demon king of Lanka, it seems he waged a bigger battle with the dictates of dharma–and lost. We meet the monkey-faced Hanuman for the first time in this book. He is closely associated with Rama and highly revered among Hindus. Also in the Ramayana, we encounter one of the ultimate villains of Hindu mythology–the mighty Ravana. Even though Ravana abducted Rama’s beloved wife, Sita, you will be surprised to know that not everyone regards Ravana as an antihero. In fact, at the end of the Ramayana, we are left with many bitter, thought-provoking questions that are debated even today. (Via Goodreads)

OtakuMeganeChan’s Review:

Rama and the Early Avtars of Vishnu is an informative book about the Indian Mythology. This book focuses more on Vishnu and his 10 main avtars.

What I thought was that the book would be a mythological fiction (its one of mt favourite genre after fantasy and crime). But it isn’t fiction. This is a more factual and informative book which discusses and focuses everything on Vishnu and his Dashavatars. It even has additional information related to the central topic of the book.

The book is easy to read and no where it gets boring (Not in the likeliest like a history class). Its a page turner, since the stories are hooking and you are able to understand more of whats and whys.

Would definitely recommend to pick up the book and this series to delve into and know more about Indian Mythology.

(Pic courtesy: Book cover from Kindle)