Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik

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Through chats with host Rasika Dugal, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explores the meaning and modern-day relevance of Indian folklore and philosophy. The series looks at the stories of Indian mythology and examines their origins, themes, and modern-day ramifications. The series is available on Netflix.

1 Season, 43 Episodes
October 25, 2017
Faith & Spirituality
Cast: Devdutt Pattanaik, Rasika Dugal
Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik

Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik Full Episode Guide

  • Devdutt takes a closer look at the famous Khajuraho Temples, elaborating on the site's architecture and history as a symbol of sexual desire.

  • Devdutt explains the meaning behind Dwarkadheesh, one of Lord Krishna's many alternate names, and the god's connection to the holy land of Dwarka.

  • Devdutt takes a deeper look at why and how mountains are perceived as the physical and spiritual centers of the universe in Hindu mythology.

  • Devdutt discusses the prominence of forests in mythological stories, exploring the role they have played and the concepts they represent.

  • Devdutt explains maternal depictions in Hindu mythology, including selfless mothers along with those who fell prey to their own temptations.

  • Devdutt elaborates on the various benevolent and tyrannical kings of ancient texts, focusing particularly on lords Rama, Ravana and Krishna.

  • Devdutt interprets the importance of rites of passage in India, explaining whether they are religious concepts or cultural experiences.

  • Devdutt discusses the forgotten ancient roots of Indian city names and their connection to mythical fertility goddesses and protector gods.

  • Devdutt speaks to the significance of the paternal figure in Hindu mythology, with particular emphasis on the Vedic god, Brahma.

  • Devdutt explores epic tales from southern India, known for their focus on mortals, particularly the roles of women, rather than gods.

  • Devdutt discusses the legacy of Harishchandra, an ancestor of Rama, known for his loyalty and determination to keep his word despite dire consequences.

  • Devdutt recounts the events and morals of the story of Yayati, the ancient king who traded in his own old age for his young son's youth.

  • Recounting the volume of the Mahabharata in which the Pandavas spent 13 years in exile, Devdutt explains the lessons they learned while in the forest.

  • Devdutt explores the relationship between Lord Krishna and Radha, including the significance of their love story despite never being married.

  • Devdutt explains how, despite taking place in two different eras, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana contain several overlapping characters.

  • Devdutt discusses theories of how the Ramayana and Mahabharata texts emerged, including the roles of ancient poets and sages in passing them on.

  • Devdutt narrates stories revealing the lives and character traits of the kings in Indian mythology's two most prominent dynasties.

  • Devdutt discusses how sun worship began in India, illuminating the folklore and significance surrounding the Sun God in Hindu mythology.

  • Devdutt recounts the origins and hidden meanings of the tale of the churning of the oceans, one of the most popular stories in the Mahabharata.

  • Exploring the ways in which entrances of Indian homes are decorated, Devdutt explains why the doorway holds a special importance in Hindu mythology.

  • Devdutt elaborates on the birth of the centuries-old tradition of yoga, its many subsets and the discipline's place in Indian philosophy.

  • In a discussion of the emergence and evolution of Christianity in India, Devdutt highlights how the faith has been diversified throughout the country.

  • Devdutt examines the influence of Alexander the Great on Indian folklore and compares the plots and themes of Indian and Greek mythology.

  • Devdutt elucidates the religion of Jainism, including its principles, key teachers, places of worship and relation to Buddhism.

  • Devdutt details the origins of Buddhism by tracing the life of the prince Siddhartha and his meditative path toward enlightenment.

  • Through a discussion of the warrior Karna’s complex childhood, Devdutt elucidates on the truth of the Mahabharata's most misunderstood characters.

  • Devdutt discusses major female players in the Mahabharata, and how the changing depictions of women through time reflect an evolution of social norms.

  • Devdutt speaks to the history, deities and rituals of the famous temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath in the state of Orissa.

  • Devdutt illuminates the meaning of marriage within Hindu society, and elaborates on the eight types of marital unions outlined in religious texts.

  • Devdutt speaks to the origins and value of elephants in Hindu mythology, focusing on the animal’s various iterations in the ancient chronicles.

  • Devdutt details the two dark avatars of Vishnu, explaining how and where they are worshipped, and comparing them to the deity's more serene forms.

  • Devdutt expands on the importance of Shabri, one of the god Ram's central devotees, and clears up confusion around the various versions of her story.

  • Devdutt recounts several anecdotes that explain the characteristics, backstory and significance of Hanuman, a key figure in the Ramayana.

  • In a discussion of Ravana, the antagonist of the Ramayana, Devdutt clarifies the contradictory perceptions of him as both a demon and a king.

  • Devdutt takes a deep dive into the final chapter of the Ramayana, analyzing why it is viewed by many as a separate tale from the epic poem.

  • Devdutt looks at the many powders used in Hindu prayers and rituals, from turmeric to sandalwood, and explains the symbolic significance of each.

  • Devdutt explains the evolution of the practice of fasting, and the significance behind various types of fasts observed around India.

  • Devdutt delves into various Indian philosophies, comparing different approaches to gods and karma along with atheist schools of thought.

  • Devdutt re-introduces gods and goddesses that are no longer worshipped today, and explores why they took a backseat to more prominent Vedic deities.