Amar Chitra Katha comic books have handed over the myths and legends of India to our generation in the most interesting and easy to read formats possible. These beautifully illustrated stories in pictures are a household name in India with more than 400 titles in 20+ languages published and sold worldwide. Chosen from among numerous timeless classics, here are some of the best-selling children's books on Hindu deities.
This Amar Chitra Katha is replete with tales of the mother goddess and her many incarnations based on the Durga-Saptashati of the ‘Markandeya Purana’. Goddess Durga is the fierce form of Devi who, as Shakti, is considered the personification of universal energy. The worship of Durga is supposed to be more than 4,000 years old in India.
This Amar Chitra Katha depicts the story of Krishna - the most endearing and ennobling character in Indian mythology. Krishna has a particular appeal for children because he is one of them as no other deity. He is like a little boy – mischievous and naughty, but he has divine powers. That is why Krishna becomes a living presence to all children who have listened to the stories about him.
The legends about the birth and exploits of this deity are many; different Puranas giving different versions of the same incidents. This picture story, however, is based solely on the Shiva Purana version. On the heights of Mount Kailasa, the divine household of Shiva and Parvati stood divided. Out of that divine dissension was born Ganesha, who rose to become perhaps the most lovable deity in the Hindu pantheon.
The story of Hanuman and his adventures in the Ramayana has fascinated Indian children for hundreds of years. His exploits, particularly after he sets out to bring the herb Vishalya Karani from mount Gandhamadana to save Lakshmana, have been beautifully embellished in Krittivasa’s Ramayana, on which this Amar Chitra Katha is based.
The Puranas are full of legends about the victories of Shiva over the forces of evil. According to Puranic legends, Sati, the daughter of Daksha, is his consort. Daksha however, does not hold his son-in-law in high esteem. And when Daksha deliberately slights Shiva, unable to bear the humiliation, Sati enters the sacred fire. She is reborn as Parvati, daughter of Himavat. To this day, the abiding love of Parvati for Shiva is the theme of many a folk song in Indian languages.