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7 Secrets Of Vishnu

(The 7 Secrets #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,246 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
It is significant that the stories of Vishnu rose to prominence after the rise of Buddhism. Prior to that, Hinduism was the religion of the elite-based complex rituals known as yagna and esoteric speculations captured in texts known as the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. These seemed very distant to the common man who focused on fertility rituals, worship of plants and anima ...more
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Published 2011 by Westland Limited
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Nandini Goel
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
7 Secrets of Vishnu Review

I am not sure whether the book confused me or really built a new platform of new thoughts for me.
One thing that caught my attention surely is the description where author relates Maya to Vishnu and Shiva.

This is what I found interesting~ Vishnu and Shiva are two main gods in Hinduism. With Brahma they form the trinity. It has been said that Vishnu lives with "Maya" but never gets used to it. Maya means pleasure and luxuries which are tempting to the senses. Shiva on th
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book, talks about various things related to Vishnu. As a series, I feel like reading the "7 Secrets of Shiva" as well because depictions of Vishnu cannot be fully understood without understanding those of Shiva. By explaining the difference between the two major deities who have been worshipped throughout India, albeit in different fashions and at different occasions, a more complete picture of the cultural-spiritual-social-scientific amalgamation which is known as just a religion today is ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vishnu is one such God or form or concept one has to experience and this book captures brilliantly what is Vishnu. I think it needs to be read and reread with years one can understand how much depth Hinduism has which the world is not completely aware of.
Preethi Bhat
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unfolds the truth!!

and brings meanings... It never fails to make sense and slowly unfolds what you think of Vishnu to what he is
Namitha Varma
The book is an extrapolation of the symbolism associated with Vishnu and allied deities in the Hindu culture. Being a fan of symbolism, I absolutely loved Pattanaik's elucidation of Vishnu's portfolio of symbols, which is immense to say the least, counting in the avatars. The title is perhaps a misnomer – I'd have called it just The Secrets of Vishnu or the more straightforward Deconstructing Vishnu; Seven Secrets of Vishnu sounds too definite and a cool-wannabe.
The chapters are fluid despite b
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Nothing much has stayed with me on the revealed secrets. I relearned that Ram and Krishna were Vishnu's avatars, that the 4 yugs occur in a cycle of Krita, Treta, Dvapar and Kali, with each yug seeing an avatar taking birth towards its end to take the mankind to the next. The cycle ends in pralaya. Ram took birth in Treta and Krishna in Dvapar. Lakshmi is Vishnu's consort as he knows how to control her rather than be controlled by her. The other avatars were Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vam ...more
Mithun Seshadri
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Stories from the Epics Mahabharata and Ramayana have been narrated very well. Lovely illustrations of the Goddesses, heavily illustrated images of sculptures from temples of Cambodia and several temples from all over India, and beautiful murals are all great points for the book. List of all the temples at the end of the book would have been great. Also, the captions of the images and illustrations could have been better.
Debjani  Banerji
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book took me back to my roots. So many words that we've grown up with, whose meanings and history were not clear, became crystal clear after reading this book. Like Alakhi, Lakhi, why Saraswati and Lakshmi never stay together, why Lakshmi is so restless, why did Krishnaleave the flute, Why Brahma is never worshipped, etc, etc A wonderful read, taking you back to your roots. A must for all those interested in mythology and history.
Gautham Dn
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
this book has tried to describe the symbology and some of the Vishnu's avatars in a more scientific way which will help you understand the mythological components of our scriptures, the contrast between material vs spiritual reality and how its shown in Vishnu is carved out nicely, however it fails to keep the reader curious and doesn't invoke any emotions of wanting to read more of our tradition.. even though this book is a information overload for a newbie.. I would say its not upto the mark.
Baishali Ghosh
Repetitive themes

If you've read Myth vs Mithya, there is no point in getting this. Themes get repeated across his books.
That said for someone interested in learning Hindu mythology, this gives a good overview of each avatar of Vishnu. I have rated this three stars because it mostly touches all avatars in brief except for Krishna who is talked about in 40% of the book.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice one where a detailed explanation of the avatars of Vishnu were stated. Got to know origins of sum stuff that I knew were a part of the Hindu culture...
Abhilash Ruhela
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Devdutt Pattanaik’s books are such an eye-opener even for Hindus who believe that they know everything about their God and customs. I am just done reading the 2nd book of the Hindu Trinity Series which is named “7 Secrets of Vishnu”. The book is again written in the same format with each page consisting of a diagram/image and the opposite page consisting of texts related to the God in discussion. This book tries to decode the Lord Vishnu and the explanation behind many of his avatars and ...more
Arpit Mohapatra
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good level of research

Author has focused on Vishnu and his avatars(as obvious from the title). At first, I felt he must have covered all stories from Vishnu Puranas, Shrimad Bhagavatam, and Bhagwat Geeta. Unfortunately, he has covered only common topics so that it does not look abstract to those new to Hindu mythology. However, he has provided his interpretation of various symbols which are not likely found in any ancient scripture. Moreover, this is what we like about Devdutt Patnaik, he has pr
Anish Kumar
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must read to know more about vishnu

The book tells a great deal about vishnu. The stories included are great and so is the language used. I finished this book while conducting bhagwad puran in our family. I would say if you are and ardent follower then you will certainly read it but if you are just a spiritual person who goes to the temple once a month then you wont find it interesting. Its all a matter of faith and your inclination.
Gurudatt Rao
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb Read

The author does justice in describing the existence and conduct of the preserver of the world. The journey from Brahma to Brahman, Prakriti to Purusha, Material reality to Spiritual reality is the crux of the book. It tries to justify the difference in function of Vishnu and Shiva and their interdependence. It is a well researched work and a must read for people wanting an insight into the meaning of life.
Mahesh Docherla
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Further exposition in understanding the Hindu mythologies extending beyond what is described in My Gita by Devdutt Patnaik.
This book is just as good but some topics are repeated from the other book and hence, a lower star rating.
But, rest assured that there are more revelations in understanding Hindu mythological stories and thus understand human behaviour and psychology better.
Vinay Leo R.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't exactly mythology, more like a demythification of mythology. The author explains his understanding of the tales from mythology we're aware of, by association with emotions like desire, or material things like wealth. Perhaps it's an attempt to make it more believable, I'm not sure. I liked reading it.
A quick refresher - not much that was new. I'd have preferred some insight into the origin of a few of these (like that in the chapter on the kalki avatar for instance), I liked the pictures from various temples, calendar art and cultures around the world and of course I do like the central philosophy. Can't say there's much to the writing quality though which is purely functional.
Dr Rashmi
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of Vishnu

Devdutt Pattanaik has beautifully interpreted and narrated the entire vishnu avatars in the context of spiritual and material realities. Also, the purpose of Vishnu avatars and the nuances of dharma are very often explained in the book convincingly.

Superb. Anybody wants to know about Krishna in true meaning plz read this book. Simply superb.inshaa Krishna.hats off to you devadutt patnaik sir
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well explained concepts from mythology. I loved this reading.
Manali Talele
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice book
Priyanka Kiran
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indeed a good-read!

Very informative and a fast-paced, easy to read book!
Indeed a good-read!
Liked all books in this series! Worth a try!
S. Nemo
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked 7 secrets of Devi as much of the explanations on the symbolism made sense. I found some of the explanations here perhaps not so plausible. But maybe I'm too simple to understand politics. This book had a few excerpts listed from the Devi book as regards Lakshmi. I suppose its for those who did not pick up the Devi book but at least the words could have been different. I found the chapters on the early avatars most interesting. Also the parts about the churning of the ocean, I never under ...more
Partha Nandi
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pattanaik's mythology aims at simplifying the mysteries of hindu mythology. His efforts are brilliant and easily understandable.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is yet another wonderful book by Devdutt Pattanaik. It clearly highlights the various stories that were created, or existing truths that were embellished to drive through a number of important aspects of the way of life. What is also interesting is that these stories were created to combat the rise of other religions that focused on the practical way of life. This is more a political move than spiritual and can be construed as unfortunate. By correctly identifying that stories are easier to ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors, 2012
The first time I heard about this author is from a friend of mine and I also watched his lecture in TED about Mythology and he impressed me a lot. So I decided to get couple of books by this author. The reason I got this book is to know our Gods. I wanted answers so that I could tell my non-hindu friends about our Gods. And this book pretty much tells you all about Vishnu. I did find it a little bit too philosophical but I loved the pictures with the meaning for each of them. Some of the stuffs ...more
Dinesh Yalavarthy
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Anandh Sundar
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the very first Devdutt Patnaik book I read cover-cover (usually I just skim it). The book was really great to understand the key God of the Hindu trinity. Many things clicked into place-be it the contrast between Brahma/Shiva/Vishnu, the affinity between Draupadi and Vishnu, interplay of Saraswati and Laxmi and hidden combat therein, the constant 'churn' of good/bad, churning the milk to produce ghee, why dharma distinguishes humans from animals, the need of dharma and its linkage with ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you have got time to read only one of Devdutt Patnaik's books, this should be the one. Backed with extensive research, it tells you how the vedic India found the best way to experience life. And how they used symbols/stories to pass it on. Devdutt interprets and puts it in simple words for us. Unlike Shiva's path, Vishnu's path relates the most to us. It is all about indulging in material reality and learning let go. Apart from the wisdom communicated through the stories, the story pattern ap ...more
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Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (born December 11, 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat ...more

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