Amalgamation of History and Mythology with Fantasy in Caste System in Shiva Trilogy

Sanjay M Nandagawali


Tripathi believes that myths are nothing but jumbled memories of true past, a past buried under mounds of earth and ignores. Immortals of Meluha is a gripping mythological story written in modern style. Reading this beautifully written creation is like plunging into the icy and venerable waters of Manasarovar. We can actually sense the beats of Shiva’s Damru and fumes of intoxicating Chillum. Shiva Trilogy has known characters from Hindu mythology as well as those born from Tripathi’s imagination. However the characters from Hinduism do not inherit their entire classical trait. In Meluha no one was born in a caste. In ancient time your station in life was based on Karma, not birth. Valmiki, who wrote the original Ramayana was of low caste by birth but is looked upon as a great sage. Similarly, Ved Vyas who composed the Mahabharat, was born to a fisher woman. Today’s caste system, which is based on birth is appalling and against our traditional culture. Meluhan women are free and have all rights. The prime minister of Meluha is a woman. Ayurvati is the doctor who tends to Shiva and his people as they arrive in Shrinagar from Tibet. Sati seems to embody the ideal Meluhan woman, bold, fearless and beautiful. Some women are made Kshatriyas through Maika system. 


Varna, Manusmriti, Vikarma Maika,Mahar Shudra,Rigveda

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