WHY SHOULD YOU READ “MANTHAN”
यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत ।
अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥४-७॥
परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् ।
धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥४-८॥
Whenever there is decay of righteousness, O Bharata,
And there is exaltation of unrighteousness, then I Myself come forth ;
For the protection of the good, for the destruction of evil-doers,
For the sake of firmly establishing righteousness, I am born from age to age.
In the above verses from the Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna assures his friend and cousin Arjuna that He returns to Earth to establish righteousness and to protect the good and destroy the evil doers whenever the situation so demands.
Manthan, in the same genre as the Meluha trilogy of Amish Tripathi, is a work of fiction in which Utkarsh Pandey has drawn heavily from his knowledge of the Mahabharat and Puranas to take us forward to the time when the prophesied advent of ‘Kalki’ has taken place and He has incarnated in human form to fulfill His promise to Arjuna.
Unlike Amish who humanises Hindu Gods in his work, Utkarsh’s story is about the struggle of the Lord in human form to accomplish his mission on Earth by calling upon his Divine powers as and when the situation calls for it, with the help of mythological characters such as Lord Parshuram and Ashwathama, cursed by the Lord Himself to suffer in perpetuity for his indiscretion during the battle at Kurukshetra.
The story keeps one spellbound and ever curious to know the outcome of each venture of the Lord in human form as He goes about destroying the tools of ‘Kali’.