A Hindu Primer: Yaksha Prashna

Publisher: Periplus Line LLC
Formats: Android, EPUB, Google Play, iOs, itunes, mobi
Entry Type: E-Book
Share :

About the Book

Yaksha Prashna (Questions of the Yaksha) is an ancient tale from India. Five exiled princes are lost in a forest. They had begun a quest by chasing a mysterious deer, now vanished. Tired, dejected, thirsty, the eldest prince sends one brother after another to fetch water. Each arrives at a beautiful pool and is challenged by a ferocious woodland spirit, a yaksha. Each drinks and drops dead. Finally, Yudhishtira, the eldest, arrives and agrees to answer a series of riddles. This simple question/answer format provides a primer on moral values as well as a primer on the Sanskrit language of the original.


Yaksha Prashna - coverProducing an ebook while preserving and showcasing the Sanskrit words and verses as well as English transliteration suitable for scholarship and language studies is no easy task. The Sanskrit text and some diacritical features have been converted into jpg format and inserted in order to achieve the author’s purpose. Getting the 122 riddles from this ancient epic into an ebook format offers an additional platform for the young of all ages to enjoy reading on their tablets, iphones, etc.

About the Author

Yaksha Prashna - authorDr. A.V. Srinivasan, or Sheenu, as he is known to friends, is the author of Hinduism for Dummies, The Vedic Wedding: Origins, Tradition and Practice, and a number of related books on Hindu wedding rites and daily worship.  A Hindu Primer: Yaksha Prashna was first published in print in 1984, using a story from the epic Mahabharata to demonstrate Indian traditional values for children at the temple he helped found. Dr. Srinivasan is a popular speaker and writer, based in Connecticut since the 1960s. His website, www.avsrinivasan.com, tells more about his passion for the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and a well-earned reputation as a “warm and steady guide” to all things India.