Many Hindu gods are mythical creatures in a humanoid form. There is the fearsome Kali with multiple arms and a protruding tongue; there is Hanuman, part human part monkey with immense strength and courage; Ganesh, the stout God with an elephant’s head; and then there is the mysterious Shiva with a blue throat and a third eye that opens when all hell breaks loose.
These gods might seem straight out of a superhero movie, but in reality, they are truly revered and exalted. They live in the hearts of their devotees, inspiring them to live a righteous life. These are the deities whose legends dot the firmament of the Hindu mythology. These legends never get old, as they are retold generation after generation. Sometimes, in their retelling, they are reinterpreted defying the norm.
Amish Tripathi’s The secret of the Nagas, the second book from the Shiva Trilogy does just that—it reintroduces some of the most captivating Hindu gods in a refreshingly new light. Taking off from its prequel The immortals of Meluha, the book begins with the aftermath of the war between the Suryavanshis and the Chandravanshis, two rival kingdoms set in ancient India, more than 4000 years ago. After learning about a disturbing prophecy from the Chandravanshi royalty, a distressed Shiva sets out to right his wrongs. Shiva hears the two sides of the story and begins an independent quest to discover the face of evil. His quest takes him across ancient India in search of the Nagas, the supposed terrorists. The truth about the Nagas unfolds, and tables turn. Foes become allies and shocking truths are revealed.