रश्मिरथी (Rashmirathi)
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रश्मिरथी (Rashmirathi)

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Rashmirathi (रश्मिरथी), meaning 'the Sun's charioteer', is one of the most popular epic poems of the great Hindi poet, Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar'. It is one of the most appreciated works of Dinkar other than "Kurukshetra".

Karna was first born son of Kunti whom she had abandoned at birth as he was an illegitimate son. Karna grew up in a lowly family, yet became one of the best...more
Paperback, Third, 176 pages
Published 2009 by Lokbharti Prakashan (first published January 1st 1981)
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Asra Ghouse
What can one say of Dinkar? Such unequaled is his style!

Rashmirathi is, like how Arundhati Roy puts it in The God of Small Things:

"The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin...more
Rishabh Tripathi
I would not take the credit off from Piyush mishra for popularizing the parts of this epos. if you have not seen gulal as well, it is the chapter where Krishna goes to duryodhan and asks rajya for the pandavas and on the refusal of duryodhan gets angry and challanges him for the battle. This chapter beautifully captures the aggravated emotions of the otherwise tactical Krishna and the fear he inculcates in the Sabha.

well thats with the popularised chapter but the rest of it is equally historical...more
Anshul Goel
This book just blew me over. It was out of this world. Shri Dinkar ji has described Karna, probably the tallest character in Mahabharata, beautifully. He has taken those conversations of Karna which in a sense had established Karna as a revered figure. Prose he has used to described Karna's conduct took my breath away. This is not a book that one reads and forgets instead it is d one that one would like to carry with oneself.
This book has not only made me a huge fan of Ramdhari Ji but also has...more
Manish Kumar
One of the masterpieces of hindi poetry
Amit Mishra
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Sep 08, 2013 Vivek rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hindi Readers
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Rashmi Rathi is probably one of the greatest poetic story written in mordern times in Hindi and is decidedly the most liked works of of Shri Ramdhari Singh Dinker.

It is the story of Karna, His tryst with continuous misfortune and odds and his life long battle, his valor and his loyalty.

I am no real fan of Karna but the book make the grand hero out of Him. This book is a clear prove of the fact that the Pen is mightier than the sword.

Dialog by Krishna and Karna are unparalleled and thought prov...more
Shubham Shubhra
This is an amazing book. One of the best by Ramdhari Singh "Dinkar".
दिनकर जी वीर रस के लिए प्रसिद्ध हैं. ये कविता "कर्ण" की भूमिका का गुणगान करती है. हिंदी साहित्य प्रेमियों के लिए अति आवश्यक पुस्तकों में से एक.
Sonam Pandey
Rashmirathi (रश्मिरथी), meaning 'one who is riding the chariot of light' (Rashmi: Light (rays) Rathi: one who is riding a chariot (not the charioteer)). It also refers to Sun. It is one of the most popular epic poems of the great Hindi poet, Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar'. It is one of the most appreciated works of Dinkar other than "Kurukshetra".
the way he has written the poem is unparalleled.
A marvelous piece of writing of our times.
Saurav Sharan
You could flow with the lines.
This epic poem is easily comprehensible which makes it even more enjoyable.
Rashmirathi is the epitome of modern Hindi poetry. Ramdhari Singh Dinkar has continued his fond of valour and justice in narrating the life of Karna, a great hero from the Mahabharata. The poetry is fluid and simple allowing the reader to enjoy every single stanza. Full of inspiration and values, this is certainly his best creation. If you like reading Hindi poetry then I'm sure you'd love to read and re-read this one.
Deepankar Rawat
A Mahakavya (poetic epic) of Hindi literature... It put forward the accounts of Karna, a mythical figure of the great epic of Mahabharata: The Great War. The forgiving nature of Karna, doubts arising in his mind and the way he copes up with them. There is every small human relation being tested in the Great Epic tale of Mahabharata. And there is only Karna who successfully passes them all and emerges as an ideal to follow.
Alekh Bansal
One of the most inspiring poetries that I have ever read. Karna has been portrayed as a hero in this story. Ramdhari Singh wonderfully portrayed Karna as a greatest hero of Mahabharata, in which he didn't even thought about himself when he donated his protective shield to Indra. A must read book for poem lovers.

It is truly a Masterpiece written by the master of Hindi poetry.
Shiv Shankar
Karna is a one of the strongest characters across all the fictions of the world literature. And the way Dinkar pens him makes it so gripping. The rhymes, selection of words, events, characters- the book appeals to even those with little interest in poetry. A must read.
Girish Kohli
Suryaputra Karna is my favourite character ever.

Rashmirathi is a masterpiece. It will live as long as the legend of Karna does.

It is a unique form of storytelling through poetry.

It doesnt exclude a single chapter of Karna's life.


Bhavesh Mehta
This book marks my way back to hindi literature. The beauty of poem lies in its ability to entwine the rhyme, rhythm and emotion along with a tone of social responsibility to the mankind at large.
a wonderful book
Jayesh Shah
A beautiful portrayal of the tragic character of Mahabharat. Dinkar's poetry is beautiful and his description of the Vishavaroop of Lord Krishna is truly amazing.
Best poetry book (in Hindi obviously).... I don't think the story of Mahabharata could have been presented in poetic form in a better way than in the book....
One of the most appalling book about the most notable character of Mahabharatha. The wording seems to be simple and flowing.
Just awesome!
I felt really good after reading something so beautifully written and that too in my mother tongue.
Mujtaba Hussain
The best exegesis of the epic 'Mahabharata' ever.
Nikhil Kumar
A masterpiece, I have to read it again.
Nothing matches this..
Raunak Yadav
just one word - "Epic"..
Vikas Singh
Apr 17, 2012 Vikas Singh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hindi lovers, poetry lovers
just awesome...
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Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar' (September 23, 1908 – April 24, 1974) was an Indian Hindi poet, essayist, patriot and academic,[1][2] who is considered as one of the most important modern Hindi poets. He remerged as a poet of rebellion as a consequence of his nationalist poetry written in the days before Indian independence. His poetry exuded veer rasa, and he has been hailed as a Rashtrakavi ("National p...more
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“दो न्याय अगर तो आधा दो,

पर, इसमें भी यदि बाधा हो,
तो दे दो केवल पाँच ग्राम,

रक्खो अपनी धरती तमाम।
हम वहीं खुशी से खायेंगे,

परिजन पर असि न उठायेंगे!

दुर्योधन वह भी दे ना सका,

आशिष समाज की ले न सका,
उलटे, हरि को बाँधने चला,

जो था असाध्य, साधने चला।
जन नाश मनुज पर छाता है,

पहले विवेक मर जाता है।

हरि ने भीषण हुंकार किया,

अपना स्वरूप-विस्तार किया,
डगमग-डगमग दिग्गज डोले,

भगवान् कुपित होकर बोले-
'जंजीर बढ़ा कर साध मुझे,

हाँ, हाँ दुर्योधन! बाँध मुझे।

यह देख, गगन मुझमें लय है,

यह देख, पवन मुझमें लय है,
मुझमें विलीन झंकार सकल,

मुझमें लय है संसार सकल।
अमरत्व फूलता है मुझमें,

संहार झूलता है मुझमें।”
“प्रासादों के कनकाभ शिखर,
होते कबूतरों के ही घर,
महलों में गरुड़ ना होता है,
कंचन पर कभी न सोता है.
रहता वह कहीं पहाड़ों में,
शैलों की फटी दरारों में.

होकर सुख-समृद्धि के अधीन,
मानव होता निज तप क्षीण,
सत्ता किरीट मणिमय आसन,
करते मनुष्य का तेज हरण.
नर वैभव हेतु लालचाता है,
पर वही मनुज को खाता है.

चाँदनी पुष्प-छाया मे पल,
नर भले बने सुमधुर कोमल,
पर अमृत क्लेश का पिए बिना,
आताप अंधड़ में जिए बिना,
वह पुरुष नही कहला सकता,
विघ्नों को नही हिला सकता.

उड़ते जो झंझावतों में,
पीते जो वारि प्रपातो में,
सारा आकाश अयन जिनका,
विषधर भुजंग भोजन जिनका,
वे ही फानिबंध छुड़ाते हैं,
धरती का हृदय जुड़ाते हैं.”
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