Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India

Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India



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Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jdieder104 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book dealing with God of Darkness and a beautiful princess. Savitri marries a man she loves and he is destined to die in one year. Savitri marries anyway. When the God of Darkness arrives Savitri wil not give up. She follows the god of Darkness and finally out wits him. Her husband soul is returned. They live happily.
EricaRodriguez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is adapted from a traditional Indian story that was first passed down orally and later put into writing at around the time of Christ. The original is a part of The Mahabharata, which is an account of the history of India and is a crucial part of Hinduism. The story is one of an Indian princess named Savitri. She is the daughter of a great king, who is unable to have children, but through his devout prayer he is granted a special daughter. Savitri is the daughter he is granted and she is said to have been the most beautiful and intelligent of women. It is because of these characteristics that she is unable to find a husband. Her father instructs her to go out and find her own husband and when she has found the one she wants, she is to return to him and he will arrange the marriage. Savitri goes out on a great journey to find her future husband. She finds him in a hermitage. His name is Satyavan, which means ¿son of truth.¿ When she returns to her father and names Satyavan as her future husband, a holy seer, who is accompanying her father, tells her that she should not pick Satyavan as her husband. The holy seer states that although Satyavan is a good choice he will die in one year¿s time. Savitri still chooses Satyavan because she would rather be happy for one year than unhappy forever. One year later, Satyavan dies while in the forest with Savitri. The Indian god of death Yama appears to retrieve Satyavan¿s soul and take it to the afterlife. Savitri follows Yama and is granted wishes for her devotion to her husband, but tells her that she cannot wish for his life. She wishes for many things but her last wish is to have many children with Satyavan as the father. Yama states that to grant this last wish he would have to revive Satyavan. He calls Savitri a very wise woman and grants her the final wish. Satyavan is revived and he and Savitri live happily for the rest of their lives together. The well written interpretation of the historical Indian tale of Savitri would be a great addition to any library and could be used by children or adults researching the historical and present day beliefs of Indians. The book could also be used in book/art displays of Indian culture because of the traditional art techniques and forms that were used in the story.