വിക്രമാദിത്യ കഥകള്‍

വിക്രമാദിത്യ കഥകള്‍❮Download❯ ➿ വിക്രമാദിത്യ കഥകള്‍ ➺ Author Anonymous – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The only edition available of the otherworldy tales from a golden age of Indian civilization In India Vikramaditya is held up as a model of kingly virtue and his reign as a golden age of peace and pro The only edition available of the otherworldy tales from a golden age of Indian civilization In India Vikramaditya is held up as a model of kingly virtue and his reign as a golden age of peace and prosperity Dating from the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century these tales narrated by the thirty two statuettes of nymphs supporting his magic throne describe Vikramaditya exploits and extol his extraordinary courage compassion and kindness Against an exotic setting of adventures and miracles the nymphs relate fights with ogres occult rituals and travels to other worlds as well as very human incidents of betrayal and rivalry. The throne of King Vikramaditya lies buried under the earth before its unearthed may years later by King Bhoja When King Bhoja tries to ascend the throne after his coronation he is stopped every time by each of the 32 statuettesEach of these statuettes which are part of the throne then recites a tale of King Vikram Each tale glorifies the King by praising him as he espouses the virtues of honesty chivalry righteousness generosity and bravery The statuette then asks King Bhoja that he can ascend the throne if he possesses these virtues thus making him suitable to sit upon such a throne that once adorned the mighty king VikramEach tale runs into 2 or 3 pages making this book a light read I believe this book is an object lesson in the ualities an ideal leader should possess thus making him revered among his subjects What a fascinating and enjoyable book This is medieval Indian mythology and folklore about the mythical king Vikramaditya who possessed unparalleled levels of courage magnanimity munificence fortitude and other virtuous traits that are illustrated in thirty two tales of adventure and fantasy and magic and occultism and philosophy The first section of the book details Vikram’s rise to the throne brief episodes of his rule his death and then the discovery of his throne by a later king Bhoja’s men The second part tells of King Bhoja’s attempts to mount the throne each time being addressed by one of the thirty two statuettes that warns him he shall not mount the throne unless he possesses the high ualities and merits of Vikramaditya Each statuette then tells a whimsical magical tale of Vikramaditya’s greatness The final part tells of Bhoja’s last interactions with these statues briefly tells us their story and we then hear the ancient tale recounting the very origins of Vikramaditya himselfThe tales are not only very enjoyable and relatable as well as imaginative and fantastical but they tend to show a surprising amount of philosophical insight or principles upon which the behavior of the king seems to be based This was maybe the first time while reading mythology that I found myself looking to one of its characters as a good model of what to strive for Through these tales the life of the king comes to light and his deeds are in fact fantastic and morally astute at times pretty epic and are always interestingHe goes on distant journeys or follows up on interesting tales he has heard from those in his kingdom or is willed to voyage far by some prophecy or reading or knowledge to discover something magical or mysterious or magnificent and with his selflessness courage and other virtues he performs some great feat puts himself in harm’s way and usually makes some great sacrifice for the benefit of others achieving marvelous things and wanting none of the attention or reward that comes with it On multiple occasions he is stopped just short of decapitating himself or sacrificing his life either by a god or another powerful magical entity who is impressed by his character enough to grant him the boon others weren’t able to earn which the king then hands over either to those who have yearned for this very thing or to those who cross his path on his trek home with this newfound reward Often he pontificates with those he meets and we get some insight into what ideas medieval Indians valued He stands as a virtuous and perfect mythological example of a ruler whose very existence seems devoted to increasing the wellbeing of his peopleI wish I knew Indian mythology so that I would better understand many of the references made throughout this work I was familiar with some of the gods and beings at least in name but there is such a deep well of background to these stories to explore that I suspect one’s experience with this book might be magnified depending on their level of knowledge of the culture For a lot of reasons this book was really fascinating to me right now not the least of which was the contrast between this centuries old model of the perfectly selfless and virtuous ruler and the current ruler of the United States One is real and the other is imaginary though possibly based on real rulers but the differences between the “ideal” leader who is part of Indian mythology and the real leader who is part of American history are stark In fairness though there is no American president or world leader who can hold a candle to VikramadityaReally a great read I originally intended this to be a bedtime read where I’d read a couple of the tales before going to sleep each night But soon I was so captivated by it I found myself reading it throughout the day“Just as life is dear to oneselfso it is to all creaturesTherefore the wise should protectall living beings from the fear of deathMoreoverJust as you love your own lifeso do others love theirsJust as you guard your own lifedo the same for the lives of others” Simhasana Dvatrimsika is a classic tales of courage and compassion Vikramaditya102 BCE to 15 CE a legendary emperor of Ujjain India famed for his wisdom valour and magnanimity The original author of the work is unknown The present text is dated to the thirteenth century AD It exists in four main recensions from which extracts have been compiled together for the first time I like reading mythologies and folktales from anywhere in the world I knew next to nothing about ancient Indian stories and I find them different and charming You'd think thirty two stories of the same theme the great deeds of the mythical king would be boring by tale #10 or so I was concerned about this point too but wait there is a surprise Tale #17 the first of the second half of stories hints that there is to the narration of the statuettes and King Bhoja the king who attempts to mount the magic throne's willingness to listen Neat book A King should have Magnanimity Daring and Courage Relates the tales of King Vikramaditya and the aspiring King Bhoja Favourite one was the Stopping of Saturn read good stories Best book I ever read good book Somewhere between The Arabian Nights and Somadeva or even Valmiki Only weaker Though I'm no Sanskritist Maybe approach it like this if you're randomly hankering for some Scheherazade one daynight try Vikramaditya instead If it's your first foray into the brilliant plane of Indian thought and myth you'll probably be blown away If you already have the major Sanskrit classics under your belt it'll maybe be resonant but I'd bet less amazing

വിക്രമാദിത്യ കഥകള്‍
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • വിക്രമാദിത്യ കഥകള്‍
  • Anonymous
  • English
  • 08 March 2014
  • 9780140455175