Known by many names—Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Vishwanath, Bhole Nath—Lord Shiva is one of the most mysterious and powerful deities of the Hindu pantheon. He is considered the embodiment of the unfathomable ‘higher consciousness’, the personification of the intangible, the boundless, and the transcendental ‘Brahman’. Shiva is feared for his fierce anger and loved for the benevolence that makes him a god. But what if Shiva were human just like us? What if he was elevated to a godlike stature solely because of the choices and actions he made during his lifetime? This is the premise of Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy.
The first book of the trilogy, The Immortals of Meluha, introduces Shiva as the head of a Tibetan clan. A warrior, Shiva courageously fights and protects his tribe from rival clans. It is during the aftermath of one such battle with an enemy that Shiva and his tribe are invited to live in Meluha, a well-developed empire under the reigns of Suryavanshi rulers. Fed up of unnecessary bloodshed between rival clans, Shiva accepts the invitation of the Meluhans, anticipating a fresh beginning for his people.