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Plot synopsis

Meluha is a near perfect empire, created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the
greatest kings that ever lived. However, the once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers
face severe crisis as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction.
They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis who
have joined forces with the Nagas, a cursed race with physical deformities. The present king
of Meluha, Daksha, sends his emissaries to North India in Tibet, to invite the tribes that live
there to Meluha. One of those invited are the Gunas, whose chief Shiva is a brave warrior and
protector. Shiva accepts the proposal and moves to Meluha with his tribe. They reach the city
of Srinagar and are received there by Ayurvati, the Chief of Medicine of the Meluhans. Shiva
and his tribe are impressed with the Meluhan way of life. On their first night of stay at
Srinagar, the Gunas wake up amid high fever and sweating. The Meluhans, under Ayurvati's
orders, carry on the healing process. However, Ayurvati finds out that Shiva is the only one
devoid of these symptoms and that his throat has turned blue. The Meluhans announce Shiva
as the Neelkanth, their fabled saviour.

Shiva is then taken to Devagiri, the capital city of Meluha, where he meets King Daksha.
While staying there, Shiva and his comrades, Nandi and Veer Bhadra, encounter a beautiful
and mysterious woman, who has a look of penance on her face. They later come to know that
she is Princess Sati, the daughter of Daksha and is a Vikarma, an untouchable in this life due
to sins committed in her previous births. Shiva tries to court her, but she rejects his advances.
Ultimately Shiva wins her heart and they decide to get married, even though the Vikarma rule
prohibits them from doing so. Enraged by the so-called obsolete law, Shiva declares himself
as the Neelkanth and swears to dissolve the Vikarma law. Daksha allows Sati to get married
to Shiva, amid much joy and happiness.

During his stay in Devagiri, Shiva comes to know of the treacherous wars that the
Chandravanshis are carrying on the Meluhans. He also meets Bŗahaspati, the Chief Inventor
of the Meluhans. Brahaspati invites Shiva and the royal family on an expedition to Mount
Mandar, where the legendary Somras is manufactured using the waters of the Saraswati river.
Shiva learns that the potion which made his throat turn blue was actually undiluted Somras,
which can be lethal when taken in its pure form. However, Shiva was unaffected, which was
the first sign that he was the Neelkanth. He also learns that Somras was the reason why the
Meluhans lived for so many years. Brahaspati and Shiva develop a close friendship and the
royal family returns to Devagiri. One morning, the whole of Meluha wakes up to loud noises
coming from Mount Mandar. Shiva and his troops reach the hill to find out that a large part of
Mandar has been blasted off and many of the inventors killed. There is no sign of Brahaspati,
but Shiva finds the insignia of the Nagas, confirming their involvement in the treacherous
wars of the Chandravanshis.

Enraged by this, Shiva declares war on the Chandravanshis. With consultation from the
Devagiri Chief Minister Kanakhla and the Head of Meluhan Army, Parvateshwar, Shiva
advances towards Swadweep, the land of the Chandravanshis. A fierce battle is fought
between the Meluhans and the Swadweepans in which the Meluhans prevail. The
Chandravanshi king is captured but becomes enraged upon seeing the Neelkanth. The
Chandravanshi princess Anandmayi explains that they too had a similar legend that the
Neelkanth will come forward to save their land by launching an assault against the "evil"
Suryavanshis. Hearing this, Shiva is dumbfounded and utterly distressed. With Sati he visits
the famous Ram temple of Ayodhya, the capital of Swadweep. There he meets a priest from

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whom he comes to know about his karma, fate and his choices in life, which would guide him
in future. As Shiva comes out of the temple, he notices Sati standing out of the temple
waiting for him and a Naga standing near a tree. The book ends with Shiva charging to save

Characters and locations

Tripathi believes that "Myths are nothing but jumbled memories of a true past. A past buried
under mounds of earth and ignorance."[1] The book has known characters from Hindu texts
as well as those born from Tripathi's imagination,[2] however the characters from the
Hinduism do not inherit all of their classical traits.[3]

• Shiva – The main character in the story. He is a Tibetan immigrant to Meluha and the chief

of the Guna tribe. On arriving in Meluha and consuming the Somras, his throat turns
blue making him the Neelkanth of the Meluhan legend, which speaks of the
appearance of Neelkanth as a destroyer of evil. The Meluhans end up believing that
Shiva would be their saviour.[4]

• Sati – A Meluhan princess, she is the daughter of King Daksha. Shiva falls in love with her
but cannot marry her because of a law that considers her to be a Vikarma, an
untouchable. Vikarmas are people who bear misfortunes in this life due to sins of their
past births. She is a skilled swords-woman and is very brave since childhood.[5]
During the course of novel she marries Shiva and bears his child.

• Nandi – A captain in the Meluhan army. A loyal devotee of Shiva, who is often considered
for his opinion and suggestions by Shiva.[6]

• Veerbhadra – A captain of Shiva's army and his close childhood friend. He was later
renamed as Veer Bhadra, a title earned by once defeating a tiger single-handedly.[7]
He also asks Shiva's permission, the leader of Gunas, to marry Krithika.

• Brihaspati – The chief Meluhan scientist who becomes Shiva's good friend. Though he
does not believe the legend of the Neelkanth, he believes that Shiva is capable of
taking Meluha to its new glory.[8]

• Daksha – The King of the Meluhans, he is appreciative of every effort that Shiva does to
save his country.[9]

• Kanakhala – The chief minister of Daksha's royal court, Kanakhla is an extremely learned
and intelligent woman, who gets into verbal conflicts with Parvateshvar regarding

• Parvateshvar – Head of Meluhan Army and a Suryavanshi, Parvateshvar is critical of
Shiva's ways with the Meluhans, and is a dedicated man to Daksha. He eventually
becomes an avid follower of Shiva as he realizes that Shiva could actually lead them
to victory and finish Lord Ram's Unfinished Task. He is a good follower of Lord

• Ayurvati – The Chief of Medicine, Ayurvati is another intelligent and revered woman, who
is capable of curing any disease. She is the first one to realize that Shiva is the
"Neelkanth", their savior.[12]

• Suryavanshis – The Suryavanshis are followers of Shri Ram and the Solar Calendar and try

to lead a life that is as ideal as possible. The Suryavanshis believe in Satya, Dharma,
Maan—truth, duty, and honor.[13]

• Chandravanshis – The Chandravanshis are followers of the Lunar Calendar. Traditionally
the Chandravanshis and Suryavanshis are enemies.They are democratic dynasty who

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