Long after Ramāyana and Mahābharata but well before the catastrophic global floods or Pralay wiped out most of humanity (around 11500 BCE), a great civilisation of ancient Bharat spanned the tropical landscape of planet Earth.
After many centuries of peace and prosperity, dreadful clouds of war and strife had gathered with little warning. Consequent to a series of swift and brutal military campaigns, launched from their stronghold at the lofty citadels of Tripura, Daityan empire had effectively established its oppressive dominion over most of the world. Virtually unstoppable, the artificially bred warrior hoards of the emperor ruthlessly slaughtered their way though any opposition.
Faced with defeat and subjugation, few rebel groups led by Dev-Lok continued to resist, but without much success. Their only final hope is to trust an old legend about the mythical ‘Pinaka’. To wield that mysterious weapon of the gods however, someone must undertake an arduous journey to the forbidden lands of Mount Kailash and cross the barrier of death itself.
Will Haŕa be able to battle powerful forces of darkness and complete the suicidal mission? Can he overcome his own demonic fears, painful self-doubts and regretful memories of a violent past? Will his unbearable grief over a recent personal tragedy come in the way? Is he really the one destined to become the Shiva of this age?
Epic adventure of Lord Shiva as Tripurantaka (destroyer of the triple cities of Tripura), like it is described in the ancient scriptures of India.
According to ancient Shiva-Purān, Tripura was built on large mobile platforms, high up among the clouds. These technologically advanced city structures defied gravity and could even fly across the skies around the planet. They had powerful weapon systems capable of dominating the complete terrestrial landscape far below. Prosperous denizens of these architectural marvels enjoyed opulent comforts and long life. It’s said that the genetic rejuvenation pools of Tripura could revive even the dead. Eventually however, the occupants of these wondrous sky-cities degenerated to decadence, greed, arrogance and violence, which led to their destruction by Shiva.
In many ways, the story of ‘Tripura’ from Indian mythology is similar to that of ‘Atlantis’ from Greek mythology.
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M. Vizhakat is a decorated army veteran, who’s field of interests include exploring the close connection between action, philosophy, science and spirituality.