On a visit to Malanada Temple, Kerala, national bestselling author of ASURA, Anand Neelakantan, discovered the temple deity to be none other than Duryodhanan, the ostensible ‘villain’ of the Mahabharata.
This astonishing discovery prompted him to delve deep into the narrative of the defeated Crown Prince of Hastinapura, and the Kaurava clan.Ajaya challenges established views and compels us to think again. The book is all about the power of perception. It retells with compelling credibility, the epic events from Duryodhan’s (given name: Suryodhana), point of view.
History is written by the victorious and Jaya (Mahabharata) was written in favour of the Pandavas. The writing was biased to the victors and completely black faced the Kauravas. A few insights and a modern mind challenges what has been perceived till yet
- Why would a father (a knowledgeable emperor) name his children as villains? i.e. Duryodhana (mis user of wealth (dhana) and power), Dushashana (mis- administrator) ? – Their names seem to be changed
- The pedigree of Suyodhana (actual name of Duryodhana) was of a King so just, he gave away his son’s inheritance to his brother’s children and a mother who sacrificed god’s greatest blessing to a human (eye sight), to share her husband’s blindness. Compare it to those of the Pandavas, where all the brothers were born of people who was not their father. They shared a wife, gambled their wife for a game, etc. several questions arise.