The Siva Purana Retold


Availability: In Stock

Qty :

    share :

About the Book:

'One day of Brahma has 14 Indras: his life has 54,000 Indras. One day of Vishnu is the lifetime of Brahma. The lifetime of Vishnu is one day of Siva.'

There are eighteen Mahapuranas, great Puranas, and the Siva Purana is one of them. Siva is a vivid retelling of the Siva Purana for today's reader. The book contains all the major legends of Siva, bringing them alive again for a new generation.

The characters and events one encounters here are awesome, many are cosmic. Siva himself is the Auspicious One He is Mahadeva, the greatest God.


About the Author:

Ramesh Menon was born in 1951 in New Delhi. He has also written modern renderings of Mahabharata and Ramayana.


THE SACRED PURANAS HAVE COME DOWN TO US IN THE GREAT ORAL traditional of the rishis, the sages of bharatavarsha. Once, the peerless Vyasa composed them from ‘ancient material': ancient for him . Traditionally , a Purana deals with five subjects , called panchalakshana: the primary creation of the universe; secondary creation after periodic destruction ; the genesis of the Gods and right s; great epochs of time , the kalpas, manvantras, yugus; and the history of some royal dynasties of the earth.

More recently , after BC 4000 until AD 1000, roughly , a lot of other material has grown around the central Purana. These concern rituals for sacrifices, other customs, festival s, Caste customs , specifications for temple construction , etcetera. There are eighteen principal surviving mahapuranas, great puranas. The Siva Purana is one of these . They are Collections of revelation , in the from of stories, or otherwise, usually narrated to some rishis by a Suta , who heard them from Vyasa, who heard them from Narada , Brahma or another fabulous raconteur , in the out of mind . They have come down., invariably, in Sanskrit couplets.

The Siva Purana is considerably longer than the portions of it I have included in this book. My aim was not to undertake a scholarly translation., of which there are few , but to write as readable a version as I could, without diminishing the spirit an d the scope of the original . For example , large sections of the original deal with intricate rituals and other list all of siva’s thousand names, with their meaning . I have only touched upon these, which hold little narrative appeal for the ordinary reader.

Also, the sequences of tales in the recorded Purana is often different from mine: but I have retained all the important legends of siva. In Some sections, I have taken stylistic and fictive liberties: but never changing the meaning and flavour of the original . No doubt, generations of puranikas, in the oral traditional, did the same.

The Puranic tradition is mainly lost of those of us that to do not know Sanskrit and lack the patience to plough through scholarly translations, many of which tend to dispense with the poetic magic of the originals. These luminous stories are our race’s very soul. The days when we would hear them at our grandmothers’ knees are over. We know even less than we do. My book seeks to restore the siva purana to the English – speaking Indian in some small measure and , hopefully , to preserve it for a time in our consciousness. It also seeks to introduce the non - Indian reader to another , perhaps rare , facet of our heritage . I am aware that an English rendering cannot remotely approach the Sanskrit in depth or resonance ; I pray that not trivialised the purana.



Acknowledgements ix
A Word xi


The beginning: Rudra, Sati




Three Incarnations


Twelve Jyotirlingas




Karttikeya and Ganesa


Yuddha Khanda


Antah: in the end



Sample Pages

Item Code: IDG640
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2006
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 9788129114952
Size: 9.3" X 6.3"
Pages: 340