Pilgrim Nation: The Making of Bharatvarsh by Devdutt Pattanaik, a book which untangles the cultural entity of Bharatvarsh which is anchored in its holy spaces.
Releasing March 2020
Bestselling mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik decrypts the idea of Bharatvarsh through its best-known pilgrim sites
Before nationalists and patriots, before colonizers and invaders, before emperors and kings, India was woven together by pilgrim paths. Seekers and sages travelled north and south, east and west, across mountains and along rivers, ignoring artificial boundaries, seeking and finding gods. Renowned mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik takes us on an insightful journey to thirty-two holy sites where ancient and modern deities unravel the complex and layered history, geography, and imagination of the land once known as ‘land of the Indian blackberry’ (Jambudvipa), ‘land of rivers’ (Sindhusthala in Sanskrit, or Hindustan in Persian), ‘expanse of King Bharata’ (Bharatvarsha, or Bharatkhanda), and even ‘abode of joy’ (Sukhavati to the Chinese).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DEVDUTT PATTANAIK writes, illustrates, and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He has, since 1996, written over fifty books and 1,000 columns on how stories, symbols, and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management, The Success Sutra: An Indian Approach to Wealth, The Talent Sutra: An Indian Approach to Learning, and The Leadership Sutra: An Indian Approach to Power.
He consults with corporations on leadership and governance, and TV channels on mythological serials. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBCTV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. On Radio Mirchi, he has The Devdutt Pattanaik Show.