Amar Chitra Katha is a collection of illustrated classics that retell stories from Indian
mythology, history, folktale and legend through the fascinating medium of comics. Over 430
stories from all over India have been told in this series that has been endorsed by
educationists and recommended by teachers the world over.
Through a masterful blend of commentary, dialogue and illustration, Amar Chitra
Katha presents complex historical facts and intricate mythology in a format that would
appeal to children. They not only entertain, but also provide a fitting introduction to the
cultural heritage of India. In a country so vast and varied, the series also serves as a
medium for national integration, by introducing young readers to the rich cultural diversity
of the country and highlighting the achievements of local heroes.
Amar Chitra Katha comics are like family heirlooms, passed down from generation to
Back of the Book
The Jatakas, on which the present title is based, is a collection of 550 stories included in
the Pali canon. They are tales in which the life of the Bodhisattva in his previous births
is narrated. The Bodhisattva is one, who by performing virtuous, kind and intelligent acts,
aspires to become a Buddha (enlightened one).
The Jataka tales are based on legends, ballads and folklore of ancient India. We
cannot assign a definite date to the Jataka stories. Taking into account archaeological and
literary evidence, it seems likely that they were compiled in the period between 3rd century
BC and 5th century AD. The Jataka tales provide invaluable information about ancient Indian
civilization, culture and philosophy.
The Jataka stories have been very popular in the Buddhist world. These stories have
been translated into almost all the languages of Buddhist countries, such as Chinese,
Tibetan, Sinhalese, Siamese, Burmese, Japanese, and also into many modern European
languages. These stories have inspired painting and sculpture in ancient India and in other
Buddhist countries. Sanchi, Bharhut, Amaravati and Ajanta in India, Borobudur in Java, Pegan
in Burma and Sukhodaya in Thailand bear testimony to the popularity of these tales.
King Kusha is an adaptation of the Kusha. It is a romantic account of the ugly but
wise and talented king Kusha of Kushavati and his love for the beautiful but vain Princess
Prabhavati of Sagala.
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