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 two Jain tales in this Amar Chitra Katha deal with Shrenik and Jinadatta whose stories
teach the importance of bring astute and insightful without necessarily indulging in
shrewdness or deceit.
Jain monks took a keen interest in the spiritual emancipation of the common people.
To make their terse philosophy intelligible and interesting to any ordinary individual, they
used the medium of stories. Thousands of such didactic stories in Sanskrit and Prakrit have
come down to us.
'Shrenik' is retold from Harishena's Bhrihat Katha Kosha (10th century) and 'The
Hidden Truth' from Rajashekara's Vinoda Katha Sangraha (14th century).
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