Amar Chitra Katha is a collection of illustrated classics that retell stories from Indian
mythology, history, folktale and legend through the fascinating medium of comics. Over 430
stories from all over India have been told in this series that has been endorsed by
educationists and recommended by teachers the world over.
Through a masterful blend of commentary, dialogue and illustration, Amar Chitra
Katha presents complex historical facts and intricate mythology in a format that would
appeal to children. They not only entertain, but also provide a fitting introduction to the
cultural heritage of India. In a country so vast and varied, the series also serves as a
medium for national integration, by introducing young readers to the rich cultural diversity
of the country and highlighting the achievements of local heroes.
Amar Chitra Katha comics are like family heirlooms, passed down from generation to
Back of the Book
Mahavira was born in Kundagram near Vaishali in Bihar to King Siddhartha and his wife,
Trishala, in 599 BC. Prince Vardhamana, as he was named, was destined to become great. After
years of contemplation on life and the ultimate truth, he renounced the world and became an
ascetic at the age of 30.
For 12 long years he practiced deep meditation, silence and compassion, leading a
life of austerity and penance. At the end of this period, he achieved enlightenment full
knowledge or kevala gyana and went on to become the 24th Jain Tirthankara (one who finds
enlightenment and shows the way to others).
Bhagawan Mahavira, however, was neither a pioneer of Jainism nor its last
Tirthankara. Jain tradition believes that there have been many Tirthankaras before Mahavira,
and there will be several in the future. Mahavira himself said that his religious teachings
based on the Jain principles of ahimsa, karma and nirvana had been propounded by many
Jinas (one who has conquered) in the past, and will be taught by many Jinas in the
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