7 Incredible Graphic Novels Inspired by Indian Mythology

Posted on 4 October, 2016 by Team Wishberry


Indian mythologies stretch across different topics of life – family, societal values, relationships, warring nations, morals, pride, love, and of course the victory of good over evil. Some of the greatest works of literary fiction have come from these mythologies. And breathing life into them again are graphic novels from around the world. Here are 7 such inspired graphic novels:

18 Days

Inspired by the epic mythology of Mahabharata, which is the story of the final battle of three generations of undefeated warriors with the biggest armies battling it out to decide the fate of future. 18 Days is re-imagining the great myth that concludes the age of the gods and the beginning of the age of man. Written by the acclaimed writer of *na na na na na* Batman, Grant Morrison accompanied with the works of the talented artist, Mukesh Singh, the novel is nothing less of sheer brilliance.  

Sita: Daughter of the Earth

Adaptation of the Ramayana, the ancient Indian epic – it is a tale of love, honour, sacrifice, hope and justice by Saraswati Nagpal and Manikandan. Princess Sita of Videha gets married to Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, where her life takes a new turn and is ordered to live the difficult life of a forest dweller. Sita gets abducted by the wicked demon-king Ravana, and us hidden away in Lanka. The story focuses on one woman’s shining strength in an unforgiving world.  


Created by Vijayendra Mohanty and Vivek Goel, Ravanayan is an independent chronicle of the life and adventures of Ravana, the demonic-king of the epic Ramayana. The story has been re-imagined from the dark side, with Ravana as the protagonist.  

In Defence of the Realm

Set in an ancient age, when Mesopotamia was rising under the rule of the Akkadians, Prince Meluha, the young crown prince of Dholavira, one of the 5 great cities of the Indus Valley Civilisation was handed the responsibility of protecting his realm by Sargon, the ambitious ruler of the Mesopotamian city of Akkad.  

I am Kalki

The tenth incarnation of Vishnu is Kalki. Created by Shashank Avvaru and Rishi Bhardwaj, the scriptures have described Kalki’s arrival as a blazing light descended from heaven. But, the novel takes a turn and portrays Kalki as a slender, youthful boy in his mid-teens, living in the city like an average teenager during the day; and hunting enemies of humanity (modern day demons) in the night.  

Ramayan 3392 A.D.

Deepak Chopra and Shekhar Kapur created a post-apocalyptic world where the last of humanity struggles to fight the evil hordes of Nark, a dark continent led by the monstrous Ravan; where princes Rama and Lakshman are mankind's last beacons of hope.  

Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean

Amruta Patil has re-told the story of various Indian mythologies by combining classic scripts of Adi Parva, Vishnu Purana and Mahabharata. The main narrative of the graphic novel follows the Pandav-Kaurav war succession with breath-taking graphics.  The writer and painter will be releasing Sauptik: Blood And Flowers, the second part of her Parva duology, on 12 October.

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