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The Power of Mythology in Children’s Literature: Crafting the Tridevi Series

~ Sukanya Basu Mallik


Mythology serves as a bridge between the ancient and the modern, connecting us with our cultural roots while imparting timeless wisdom. When I embarked on creating the Tridevi series, my goal was to bring the rich tapestry of Hindu mythology to young readers in a way that was both engaging and educational. The tales of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga are not just stories; they are lessons in courage, wisdom, and prosperity. This article delves into the inspiration, creation process, and impact of the Tridevi series, offering insights into why mythology remains a powerful tool in children’s literature.


Inspiration Behind the Tridevi Series:

My journey with the Tridevi series began with a deep fascination for Hindu mythology and a desire to share these profound stories with a younger audience. Growing up, I was captivated by the tales of gods and goddesses, their adventures, and the moral lessons embedded within their narratives. However, I noticed a gap in contemporary children’s literature where these rich stories were underrepresented.

Traditional Hindu mythology books are a treasure trove of wisdom.


Research and conceptualization:

The first step in creating the Tridevi series was extensive research. I delved into various texts, both ancient and contemporary, to understand the nuances of the characters and their stories. This research phase was crucial in ensuring that the portrayal of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga was authentic and respectful of the cultural heritage.



Story Development:

With a solid foundation of research, I began developing the stories. Each book in the series focuses on one goddess, highlighting her unique qualities and virtues. ‘Durga the Divine Warrior’ emphasizes courage and strength, ‘Saraswati’s Gift’ showcases wisdom and creativity, while the upcoming ‘Lakshmi’s Light’ will focus on prosperity and generosity.



Visual Storytelling:

The graphic novel format was chosen to make these stories more accessible and engaging for young readers. Collaborating with talented illustrators, we brought these mythological tales to life with vibrant visuals and dynamic panel layouts. The illustrations not only complement the narrative but also enhance the reader’s immersion in the story.


Vibrant illustrations bring the Tridevi stories to life.


Character Development:

Creating relatable and inspiring characters was a critical aspect of the series. Each goddess is portrayed with depth, showcasing her strengths and vulnerabilities. By humanizing these divine figures, children can connect with them on a personal level, drawing inspiration from their journeys.


Developing relatable characters for young readers.


Impact on Young Readers:


Educational Value:

The Tridevi series goes beyond mere storytelling; it serves as an educational tool. Each book is infused with moral lessons and cultural values, providing young readers with insights into their heritage. Through the adventures of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga, children learn about the importance of wisdom, courage, and generosity.


Cultural Representation:

In today’s diverse society, representation matters more than ever. The Tridevi series offers young readers a chance to see their culture reflected in the stories they read. This representation fosters a sense of pride and belonging, helping children connect with their roots.


Representing cultural heritage in children’s literature.


Empowerment and Role Models:

Featuring strong female protagonists, the Tridevi series empowers young girls by providing them with relatable role models. Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga each exemplify different virtues, showing that strength comes in many forms. These characters inspire young readers to embrace their unique qualities and strive for greatness.


Strong female characters inspire young readers.


Reception and Feedback:

The response to the Tridevi series has been overwhelmingly positive. Parents and educators have praised the books for their educational value and cultural significance. Young readers have expressed their enthusiasm for the stories and illustrations, often sharing their favorite moments and characters.


Receiving positive feedback from readers and parents.


Future Plans:

Looking ahead, I am excited about the upcoming release of ‘Lakshmi’s Light’ and exploring new avenues to expand the Tridevi series. Plans include interactive eBooks, audiobooks, and educational workshops to further engage young readers and deepen their understanding of Hindu mythology.


Exciting plans for the future of the Tridevi series.


The Tridevi series is more than just a collection of books; it is a celebration of culture, heritage, and timeless wisdom. By bringing the stories of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga to life in an engaging and accessible format, we are nurturing the next generation’s appreciation for their cultural roots and the valuable lessons embedded in these ancient tales. As we continue this journey, the goal remains to inspire, educate, and empower young readers through the power of mythology.



About the Writer:

Sukanya Basu Mallik's works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Times of India, Sahitya Akademi, Writer's Life, UK, AIPF Int. Anthology (Diverse City Youth Contest, Austin, US), etc. Bestowed with Best Manuscript Awards for fiction & non-fiction categories (Mumbai Litofest, 2018), she has also been recognized for her short story ‘Healing of Wounds’ at NCLF, led by Ruskin Bond. She's currently pursuing a PhD at IIT Madras.


Buy the books at:

1. [Durga the Divine Warrior](https://www.ukiyoto.com/product-page/durga)



Keywords: Hindu Mythology, Children’s Literature, Tridevi Series, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, Cultural Heritage, Moral Lessons


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