What are the best books on Indian mythology?

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    #1Mahabharata

    Mahabharata
    Mahabharata by William Buck is the author's translation and presentation of Mahabharata, the ancient Indian epic poem about the struggle between the Kurus and the Pandavas. Originally in Sanskrit, it is considered as the longest epic ever.
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    Virginia West
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is a very well written translation of Mahabharata. I found this book to be very informative and kept my interest."
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    #2Ramayana

    Ramayana
    Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic, as retold by William Buck. Considered to be the adikavya or the first poem, it tells the story of the prince of the Kosala Kingdom, Rama, and his adventures during his exile from the kingdom.
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    Sarah Gardner
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I've read a story about Ramayana before but this one was more pleasurable to read because of the style of the author's writing. Most people like to read Greek and Roman mythology but should really give Indian mythology a chance because this story is just intriguing as those."
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    #3The Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita
    The Bhagavad Gita is the ancient Indian book dated around 500 B.C. With 18 chapters in Sanskrit, it is about love, light, life, and the spiritual journey of the soul. This version is translated by Aksha Patel.
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    Muhammad Chauhan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Bhagvad Gita was a great Indian mythological book. I was encapsulated by its variety and thought it really showcased a wide variety of naturalism. I was enthralled with what I had seen."
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    #4Chandrakanta

    Chandrakanta
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    Phillip White
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This wasn't a bad a book, just not excatly what i was looking for. This gives a more broad overview of different aspects of Indian Culture. I am looking for a book strictly about Indian Mythology. This book is also a bit obscure; i was looking for something a lot more well known and on topic. "
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    #5Karna (Amar Chitra Katha)

    Karna (Amar Chitra Katha)

    Karna is a volume in the Amar Chitra Katha comic book series. It tells the story of the hero of the ancient Indian epic, Mahabharata, as he struggles to achieve a life deserving of his birthright as the son of Kunti.

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    Melissa Taylor
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is a beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written tale that is steeped in mythology and pathos. However, I would strongly recommend buying the print version of this book so that you can appreciate the full depth of the illustrations. This is a story that both children and adults of all ages will surely appreciate. I am certainly going to share the journey of Karna with my little ones when they come of age."
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    #6The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)

    The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)
    The Great War of Hind is a historical-mythological fiction book by Vaibhav Anand. Set around the year 1200 BC, it tells the story of Ramm, a military general, as he defends the kingdom of man. It is the first book in The Legend of Ramm series.
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    Crystal Moreno
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Great War of Hind is a fiction of myth set in a world long before modern age. Good and evil reign in the time before time and one must win. This is the first book in a series that is sure to entice and stretch one's mind."
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    #7Sati and Shiva (Amar Chitra Katha)

    Sati and Shiva (Amar Chitra Katha)
    Sati and Shiva is a volume from the Amar Chitra Katha comic book series. It tells the story of two central characters in Indian mythology, the destroyer Shiva and the goddess of marital longevity, Sati.
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    Brandon Myers
    Written on April 3, 2018
    " 465/5000 It seems to me that the best book that talks about Indian mythology is "he Oath of the Vayuputras" written by Amish Tripathi. In this book, Shiva is gathering his strength. He arrives in the capital Naga, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. It is a war for the soul of the nation. Many will die. But Shiva must not fail, no matter the cost. In his desperation, he approaches those who have never offered him any help: the Vayuputras. It is a very exciting book."
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    #8The Palace of Illusions

    The Palace of Illusions
    The Palace of Illusions is a novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It is a retelling of the classic Indian epic, Mahabharata, and tells the story of Princess Panchaali, who wedded the five Pandava brothers and helped them regain their kingdom.
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    Rosa María Leal
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Well written and based on a popular Indian poem. Fairly good reviews. "
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    #9Parva

    Parva

    Parva: A Tale of War, Peace, Death, God and Man is fantasy, and cultural book written in Kannada language authored by S.L. Bhyrappa. This is considered to be the interpretation of Mahabharata. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

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    Daniel Black
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Parva: A Tale of War, Peace, Death, God and Man is one of the best books on indian mythology that I've read. It is the interpretation of Mahabhrata, so if indian mythology interests you, this is a must read."
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    #10The Upanishads

    The Upanishads
    The Upanishads is a book written in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 BC in which are collected the ancient philosophical texts of the Hindu religion. Each Upanishad is a lesson with the aim of meditating about life, death and immortality.
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    Amber Reynolds
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Excellent book on the end of Hindu Vedas scriptures. Really informative on universal questions such as self-control and the end of seeking and knowing knowledge. "
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    #11Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana

    Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana
    Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana is a Mythology, Fantasy, Young Adult and Fiction novel written by Devdutt Pattanaik. It was published October 31, 2013 by Penguin Books India.
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    Laura Garcia
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a really nice book, and I'd say a good option for younger people in particular who want to know more about Indian mythology. I think the pictures help in a book like this, but there are some excellent books covering this subject, ones that are more in-depth, and this doesn't rise to that level."
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    #12Myth = Mithya A Handbook of Hindu Mythology

    Myth = Mithya A Handbook of Hindu Mythology

    Myth = Mithya A Handbook of Hindu Mythology is a Mythology, Fantasy, Young Adult and Non-Fiction novel written by Devdutt Pattanaik. It was published January 1, 2006 by Rupa & Co.

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    Brenda Newman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book seems interesting, but I for one do not practice Hinduism. We only have 1 God and should only serve that one God, Jesus Christ. I am sure most people find it very thought provoking on how Hinduism is really practiced and the mythology that dates back. Didn't really give a price though. "
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    #13ASURA : Tale of the Vanquished

    ASURA : Tale of the Vanquished

    ASURA : Tale of the Vanquished is a Mythology, Fantasy, Young Adult and Fiction novels written by Mr Anand Neelakantan. It was published May 14, 2012 by Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd.

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    Cheryl White
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is great for those who love the tale Ramayana. The different viewpoint of this classic Indian tale is catching from the first page."
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    #14Hoysaleshwara Vishnuvardhana

    Hoysaleshwara Vishnuvardhana

    Hoysaleshwara Vishnuvardhana is a historical reference book written by Tha Ra Su in Kannada language features Vishnuvardhana, one of the underrated rulers of India. This Indian book is about conquest and politics.

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    Jorge Luis Paredes
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Hoysaleshwara Vishnuvardhana is a cool book about India and about its rulers and different styles of war and other things that should be a good read if you are trying to break away from traditional fiction."

Summary

Best What are the best books on Indian mythology
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MahabharataBooks 37 Paid
2RamayanaBooks 36 Paid
3The Bhagavad GitaBooks 33 Paid
4ChandrakantaBooks 29 Paid
5Karna (Amar Chitra Katha)Books 29 Paid
6The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)Books 28 Paid
7Sati and Shiva (Amar Chitra Katha)Books 27 Paid
8The Palace of IllusionsBooks 24 Paid
9ParvaBooks 20 Paid
10The UpanishadsBooks 18 Paid
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