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Jaya Somanath - The Story of Epic Heroism and Transcendental Love of a Temple Dancer

Jaya Somanath - The Story of Epic Heroism and Transcendental Love of a Temple Dancer
Item Code: NAO529
Author: K. M. Munshi
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788172765880
Pages: 445
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 440 gms
About the Author

Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi was a man of great versatility and unique achievements. He was an eminent lawyer, and (a seasoned statesman) one of the framers of India's Constitution. Coming under the inspiring influence of Sri Aurobindo during his student days, Munshi fought ardently for India's freedom. He worked in close association with Jinnah, Tilak, Besant, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Pandit Nehru. His achievements as Home Minister of Bombay in 1937, India's Agent-General in Hyderabad before the Police Action, India's Food Minister and as Governor of Uttar Pradesh, were characterized by rare courage and decisive energy.

Acknowledged during his lifetime as the foremost writer in modern Gujarati literature, his literary output was vast and varied and included novels, dramas, memoirs and historical books in Gujarati. He also wrote several historical and other works in English, notably Gujarat and Its Literature, Imperial Gujaras, Bhagavad Gita and Modern Life, Creative Art of Life, To Badrinath, Saga of Indian Sculpture, The End of An Era, Bhagawan Parashurama, Tapasvini and Prithvi Vallabh.

Jaya Somanath deals with the story of the epic heroism of Bheemdev and the transcendental love of the temple dancer Chaula, for the brave warrior and was originally written in Gujarati by Munshiji. The entire novel, as translated into English by Shri H. M. Patel, I.C.S. (Retd.), was serialised in the Bhavan's Journal. The novel is now being brought out in book form for the benefit of wide readership.

Kulapati's Preface

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan—that Institute of Indian Culture in Bombay—needed a Book University, a series of books which, if read, would serve the purpose of providing higher education. Particular emphasis, however, was to be put on such literature as revealed the deeper impulsions of India. As a first step, it was decided to bring out in English 100 books, 50 of which were to be taken in hand, almost at once.

It is our intention to publish the books we select, not only in English but also in the following Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

This scheme, involving the publication of 900 volumes, requires ample funds and an all-India organisation. The Bhavan is exerting its utmost to supply them. The objectives for which the Bhavan stands are the reintegration of Indian culture in the light of modern knowledge and to suit our present-day needs and the resuscitation of its fundamental values in their pristine vigour.

Let me make our goal more explicit:

We seek the dignity of man, which necessarily implies the creation of social conditions which would allow him freedom to evolve along the lines of his own temperament and capacities; we seek the harmony of individual efforts and social relations, not in any makeshift way, but within the framework of the Moral Order; we seek the creative art of life, by the alchemy of which human limitations are progressively transmuted, so that man may become the instrument of God, and is able to see Him in all and all in Him.

The world, we feel, is too much with us. Nothing would uplift or inspire us so much as the beauty and aspiration which such books can teach.

In this series, therefore, the literature of India, ancient and modern, will be published in a form easily accessible to all. Books in other literatures of the world, if they illustrate the principles we stand for, will also be included.

This common pool of literature, it is hoped, will enable the reader, eastern or western, to understand and appreciate currents of world thought, as also the movements of the mind in India, which though they flow through different linguistic channels, have a common urge and aspiration. Fittingly, the Book University's first venture is the Mahabharata, summarised by one of the greatest living Indians, C. Rajagopalachari; the second work is on a section of it, the Gita, by H. V. Divatia, an eminent jurist and a student of philosophy. Centuries ago, it was proclaimed of the Mahabharata: "What is not in it, is nowhere." After twenty-five centuries, we can use the same words about it. He who knows it not, knows not the heights and depths of the soul; he misses the trials and tragedy and the beauty and grandeur of life.

The Mahabharata is not a mere epic: it is a romance, telling the tale of heroic men and women and of some who were divine; it is a whole literature in itself, containing a code of life, a philosophy of social and ethical relations, and speculative thought on human problems that is hard to rival: but, above all, it has for its core the Gita, which is, as the world is beginning to find out, the noblest of scriptures and the grandest of sagas in which the climax is reached in the wondrous Apocalypse in the Eleventh Canto.

Through such books alone the harmonies underlying true culture, I am convinced, will one day reconcile the disorders of modern life.

I thank all those who have helped to make this new branch of the Bhavan's activity successful.


  Kulapati's Preface v
  Publisher's Note IX
1 The Pilgrims 1
2 The Temple Dancer 6
3 The Heart of an Ascetic 19
4 The Bride of the Lord 27
5 The Gods are Angry 35
6 Vision of Beauty 42
7 Bheemdev Leaves his Heart Behind 48
8 An Ominous Portent 54
9 The Chauhan, Father and Son 61
10 Through the Desert 70
11 Facing the Storm 82
12 Sajjan Meets the Invaders 91
13 The Hammir of Garjan 100
14 Samant Meets a Friend 109
15 The Mukhi of Multan 118
16 Solitude of the Desert 128
17 The Fort of Bhamaria 134
18 Ghoghagadh Faces the Storm 142
19 Ghogha Bapa's Supreme Gesture 151
20 The Third Eye of the Lord 160
2l. Samant and the Sultan 167
22 The Warning 177
23 Gurudev's Resolve 185
24 The Temple of Tripurasundari 195
25 Chaula Seeks Her Lord 205
26 Sarvagna Intervenes 212
27 Patan Gets Ready 221
28 The Warriors Meet 229
29 Samant's Advice Accepted 240
30 Bheemdev Arrives in Prabhas 245
3l. Gurudev's Resolve 253
32 Bheemdev Assumes Command 262
33 Shivarashi Makes a Decision 269
34 A Moment of Ecstasy 275
35 The Siege Begins 280
36 The Revolt of the Worshippers ofMahamaya ... 288
37 A Sacrilege 297
38 Poised for Action 305
39 Shivarashi Disowns His Guru 313
40 The Siege 323
41 Shivarashi Defies Gurudev 330
42 Happy Moments 338
43 Samant Chauhan Receives a Shock 346
44 Shivarashi Decides on Revenge 357
45 Battle of the Gates 364
46 Treachery 369
47 Betrayed 373
48 Shadow over the Shrine ... 380
49 The Thrice-Sacred Image 387
50 Disillusion 394
51 Losnely Hearts 401
52 Among the Ruins ... 410
53 ''Tonight, Yes, Tonight" ... 419
54 The Last Dance ... 425


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