• Ramayana Versus Mahabharata

  • My Playful Comparison
  • By: Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Narrated by: Surjan Singh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 analaysis’. 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 eight 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.

©2018 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • S_Kam
  • 04-16-21

a deep comparison

The subtitle says " playful comparison" of Ramayan and Mahabharata. Actually the book is anything but. It goes into lots of details. The author explains many ideas from Hindu religion lucidly. Overall a nice listen. Thanks

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  • anujafeem
  • 04-05-20

Very interesting

Good summary of the epics and some insightful thinking. Easy read(hear) and good lessons as well.