Concept of Dharma in Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy

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Dharma is especially duty in a modern context. Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy is an astonishing title based on Shiva Purana. Amish Tripathi's 'Shiva Trilogy series is a perfect example of a novelization of Indian mythology. Amish Tripathi had included the principal names of Shiv Purana directly into his Shiva Trilogy made easier to ordinary people to understand and directly going depth into each character throughout the narration. Recently many writers have made effort to bring Indian mythology aiming at an ordinary man, and fictionalizing gods in human form. Amish's Shiva trilogy is a mythical fantasy based on the assumption of the mythical Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and mainly Shiva, Sati, Ganesh, Kartikeya, Nandi, Kali, Bhrigu, Bhagirath, etc. in a human form. The author had recreated many characters who strictly follow their own Dharma. Dharma is an essence of life and of interest to many writers concentrating on mythological fiction especially Amish Tripathi and such this paper is chosen to focus on that subject. The protagonist of this novel is none other than Shiva who has been born blue throat and named Neelkanth, came from mount Kailash to Meluha, and visited many places in not only understanding the evil but also to save people by eliminating the evil, somras out of the equation. Shiva sacrifices his duty, swadharma for the greater good, universal Dharma. This paper aims at the concept of Dharma in the Shiva Trilogy in which Indian mythology is fictionalized.