The Shiva Trilogy – Review

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THE SHIVA TRILOGY REVIEW:

Amish Tripathi did a fantastic job when it comes to giving the Hindu mythology a new perspective in which gods earn their positions by their actions and not lineage. He has effectively displayed the women in lead as powerful and warriors which is something off the mythology-style.

The trilogy commences with the first in series, ‘Immortals of Meluha’ in which Shiva is portrayed as a mere chieftain of tribe “Gunas” living in the Tibetan hills, who is then offered a better life for the entire clan by Chief of Meluha-Nandi and then moves onto the city of Meluha, ruled upon by King Daksha. King Daksha is a successor of Lord Ram and of the Suryavanshi clan, who believed that day to day life should be structured to live peacefully by following the masculine way of life. His land has been attacked by the Chandravanshi clan (follows a feminine way of life) several times in the past and that bothers the peace and decorum of Meluha. Shiva is recognized as Neelkanth as his throat turns blue after drinking Somras.

The love story of Shiva and Sati, daughter of king, was the one of the most interesting parts of the first book. At the end, Shiva leads the Suryavanshis to war with Chandravanshis with the chant ‘Har Har Mahadev’. He is portrayed as ‘The Destroyer’.

In the second book, ‘Secret of the Nagas’, Shiva realises that the Chandravanshis are not evil and simply lead a different life style. Shiva meets the Nagas where learns of Ganesha and Kali. The origin story of Lord Ganesha as son of Sati and Lord Kali as sister of Sati are beautifully depicted. Both are depicted as Nagas (people born with deformities). Karthik makes his appearance as the son of Shiva and Sati. He shown to grow up faster than a normal boy by excessive usage and feeding of Somras. According to me, its is the best book of the series.

The third and the last in series is ‘The Oath of The Vayuputras’. Shiva learns his own origin story about how he became the Neelkanth, from the Vayuputras clan, a warrior tribe who are successors of Mahadev Rudra. He teams up with Vasudevs who guide him to find out the real evil, which he decides to be the Somras. As a result, a war commences, and Sati dies while fighting. Unable to deal with the loss, he destroys the Suryavanshis with Brahmastra, a nuclear weapon. The ashes of Sati are distributed by Shiva and his family to places in India, now known as Shakti Peeths.

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