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Son of Shiva (Legend of Kartikeya: Champion of the Gods)

Son of Shiva (Legend of Kartikeya: Champion of the Gods)
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Item Code: NAN658
Author: Preetha Rajah Kannan
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9789386348142
Pages: 258
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.5 inch X 5.0 inch
weight of the book: 250 gms
About the Book

The asura king snarled and launched an avalanche of arrows at his adversary. Kartikeya countered with his mystic spear, which emitted a flurry of sparks, incinerating the oncoming missles with consummate ease. The champion of the gods then whirled his discus. The twirling orb of light danced lethally through the asura army, obliterating Surapadma’s hordes. Weaponless, armour shattered and flagstaff severed, Surapadma stood defenceless on the field. Son of shiva is the gripping narrative of the warrior-god kartikeya, commander-in-chief of the heavenly hosts, and epitome of wisdom and valour. The book depicts in mesmerizing prose the monumental battle between the forces of good and evil, as embodies by the davas and asuras.

About the Author

Preetha Rajah Kannan is the author of Shiva in the City of Nectar, an enthralling collection of stories based on the revered Tamil text, Thiruvilayaadal Puranam. She is also the editor of Navagraha Purana, a translation of the eponymous Telugu work on the mythology of the nine planets, by celebrated author V. S. Rao. Kannan has contributed extensively to newspapers and magazines, such as The New Indian Express and The Express School Magazine. A homemaker and a mother of two boys, she lives with her family in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Prologue

Mammoth waves crashed against the shore in a frenzied lather of foam and mist. Forked lightning splintered the glowering sky. Dark clouds brooded over the ominous drum rolls of thunder, heralding the battle to come.

In the forefront of the amassed deva army, with the wind god at its reins, was Manovegam - the golden chariot that could fly at any desired speed. Kartikeya, the commander-in-chief of the gods, stood majestically behind the charioteer. His six faces blazed with blinding beauty, surveying the earth, the sky and the four directions. The cockerel-emblazoned banner in his hand fluttered in the sea breeze and his divine spear, the golden vel, emitted dazzling sparks. A sword, mace, bow, arrow, staff, elephant-goad, trident, discus, conch and the thunderbolt vajra, gleamed in each of his other ten hands. Vishnu, on Garuda, hovered to one side of him; on the other was Brahma on his pristine white swan. Behind them stood Indra, mounted on the towering elephant Airavata, leading row upon row of gods - on flying chariots, on handsome stallions pawing the ground, on enormous elephants swinging iron clubs in their trunks. Bringing up the rear was a host of gigantic bhutaganas, armed with truncheons, uprooted trees and massive boulders. The immense army's rearguard was swallowed up in the cloud of dust on the horizon.

The Devasenapati raised his flag. On cue, the blowing of thousands of conches was heard, the sound lingering in the shimmering columns of air. Drums beat a furious tattoo, accompanied by the deafening clash of cymbals and the clarion call of bugles.

The sky and the earth shook with the battle cry raised by millions of throats: "Hara! Hara!"

Vayudeva gave rein to Manovegam and the chariot dashed forward, rising up into the sky, followed by the deva host. In their wake, the ganas trudged through the ocean, churning up the waters, sending the denizens of the deep into swirls of panicked flight.

Kartikeya's army crossed the Southern Sea, and headed towards Mahendrapuri, the fabled island capital of the asura king Surapadma.

The roots of the epic battle to come were embedded in the annals of cosmic time, on a sunny afternoon on Mount Kailash.

Contents

  Author's Note v
  Prologue ix
Part I Daksha 1
1 The Conch Shell 3
2 Daksha's Boons 9
3 Gauri's Penance 15
4 Daksha's Resentment Grows 19
5 Dadichi's Discourse 25
6 The Intransigent Prajapati 33
7 Dakshayani's Humiliation 43
8 Veerabhadra on the Rampage 47
Part II Surapadma 53
9 Genesis of the Asuras 55
10 The Rise of Surapadma 61
11 The Asura's Tour of Conquest 65
12 Surapadma Reigns Supreme 73
13 Ajamykhi' Sons 79
14 Saga Agasthya 83
15 Mahakala Confronts Ajamukhi 89
16 The Gods Imprisoned 95
Part III Kartikeya 99
17 The Birth of Parvati 101
18 The Transcendental Yogi 105
19 Kama Reduced to Ashes 109
20 Aparna's Penance 115
21 Shiva Weds Parvati 119
22 The Birth of Kartikeya 125
23 Kartikeya's Leelas 129
24 Devayanai and Valli 141
25 Devasenapati 145
Part IV War 151
26 Taraka and Krauncha 153
27 Kartikeya Worships Shiva 163
28 Veerabahu's Embassy 185
29 War is Inevitable 193
30 Day 1: Bhanugopan's Offensive 197
31 Day 2: Surapadma Takes the Field 201
32 Day 3: The Asura Princes Go the Battle 207
33 Day 4: Bhanugopan Meets his End 215
34 Day 5: Singhamukha's Death 219
35 Day 6: Surapadma's Fall 227
36 Kartikeya's Wedding 233
  Epilogue 239
  Glossary 241
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