Devdutt Pattanaik: Mythology, Religion and Happiness

Is mythology itihaas that was unwritten but passed down by word of mouth where in each narrator peppered it as per his taste?   We speak with mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik about what is mythology, religion and happiness.

In this session with Devdutt Pattanaik delve into:

  1. What is Mythology?  Mythology is often categorized as a passé and an uncool subject. The younger audiences in India consume a very large amount of content on a regular basis, but mythological content is definitely not their go to choice.   Has Mythology become UNCOOL?   What is the relevance of old age “MYTHs in Modern times?
  2. In Covid Times, many are wondering how the EPICS can guide us?   What are the comparable stories that we can draw inspiration from?
  3. Between our two famous mythologies – the Ramayana and Mahabharata – tell us which is your favourite and why.

  4. Deep rooted partriarchy in Indian Mythology?  Above all, can we talk about your definition of FEMINISM?
  5. We celebrate Navaratra twice a year and Ram-Navmi twice too. Most of us are aware that the Chaitra navaratra wali Ram-Navmi is the lord’s birthday.   What is the significance of the 2nd one?   Furthermore, why navaratra twice a year?
  6. While talking about Ram, Sita can’t be far from the mind.   There are some myths about Sita.   I remember according to one of the version my grand-mom narrated to me, she was Ravan’s daughter? Who was Sita?
  7. What is Dharma and what are the principals of Dharma that we need to live by to make our lives happier and more meaningful? 
  8. Why are the major mythological stories focused on property wars?  Could our ancient sages look into the future and know that people would only always fight over property!!  Is all karma and dharma to be judged and/or questioned basis property? Who owns what, how and how much.
  9. The Recent Manyavar Ad has made many of us think about Kanyadaan.  Let’s talk about Hindu Wedding Rituals for Gods & Goddesses and for Humans?  In addition, tell us about why we need to see marital relationships in political and economic terms?
  10. What exactly in the Pregnant King?  Also a lot of your work explores homosexuality and queer identities in Hindus and finding their representation in Hinduism.
  11. What is Happiness and how can the EPICS help us find it?
  12. In Conclusion, What would you like to tell us?
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He is known for his writing on Hindu sacred lore, legends, folklore, fables and parables. His work focuses largely on the areas of religion, mythology, and management