Author: Anant Pai
Illustrator: Ram Waeerkar/Pratap Mulick/H S Chavan et al
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175081422
This volume of Pancharatna - Five Sparkling Jewels - brings together five Amar Chitra Kathas titles - all based on the life of Krishna. The stories included in this volume are: Krishna, Krishna and Rukmini, The Syamantaka Gem, Krishna and Jarasandha and Krishna and Narakasura.
Krishna is the most endearing and ennobling character in Indian mythology. He is at once the common cowherd engaging the milkmaids in playful banter and the supreme intellectual engaged in the exposition of the Gita philosophy.
Krishna has a particular appeal for children because he is one of them as no other divine is. Krishna the boy is mischievous; he is naughty. He has irrepressible energy for innumerable escapades. He is no prig; he is no puritan. He has divine powers, but he humanizes them.
This powerful human element is the secret of Krishna's universal popularity. He is secular even as he is sacred, and so he remained throughout his life. That is why Krishna becomes a living presence to all children who have listened to the stories about him.
Krishna and Rukmini
The Syamantaka Gem
Krishna and Jarasandha
Krishna and Narakasura