Chandimangal | by Mukundaram Chakraborty | A Review


Chandimangal | by Mukundaram Chakraborty | A Review

Chandimangal by Mukundaram Chakraborty A Review

Chandimangal by Mukundaram Chakraborty A Review

Chandimangal by Mukundaram Chakraborty-A Review


‘Chandimangal’ by Mukundaram Chakraborty is a remarkable piece of literature that stands as a testament to the rich cultural and mythological heritage of Bengal. Composed in the 16th century, this epic narrative is revered for its intricate storytelling, religious fervor, and profound exploration of devotion to the Goddess Chandi. The epic consists of a staggering 13,000 verses and is divided into 12 sections or ‘mangals,’ each of which showcases the legendary stories of Chandi.

Narrative Complexity:

Mukundaram Chakraborty’s ‘Chandimangal’ is not just a simple retelling of mythological tales; it is a masterpiece of intricate storytelling. The epic employs a captivating blend of poetry, prose, and song to convey the diverse stories and adventures of the Goddess Chandi. The author’s command over language and his ability to seamlessly transition between various narrative forms highlight his literary prowess. This complexity not only enhances the narrative but also offers readers a rich and multifaceted reading experience.

Devotion and Religious Significance:

At its core, ‘Chandimangal’ is a devotional work that exalts the Goddess Chandi. Mukundaram Chakraborty’s profound devotion and spiritual inclination are evident in his verses, which are infused with reverence and adoration. Through the stories of Chandi’s triumphs over evil forces, the author emphasizes the power of divine intervention and the ultimate victory of righteousness. The epic serves as a religious guide for many, offering not only entertainment but also a source of spiritual inspiration.

Characterization and Symbolism:

The characters in ‘Chandimangal’ are vividly depicted and imbued with symbolism that adds depth to the narrative. Goddess Chandi herself is the epitome of strength, courage, and divine grace. Her interactions with other characters, such as the demon kings and heroic warriors, underscore the eternal struggle between good and evil. The author’s skill in crafting relatable and multifaceted characters contributes to the epic’s enduring appeal.

Cultural and Historical Significance:

Beyond its religious and literary merits, ‘Chandimangal’ provides valuable insights into the cultural and historical context of medieval Bengal. The epic offers a glimpse into the social fabric, traditions, and beliefs of that era. It reflects the fusion of indigenous folk culture with Hindu mythology and showcases the societal norms and values prevalent during the time of its composition. As such, the epic serves as a historical artifact, allowing readers to connect with the past.

Language and Style:

Mukundaram Chakraborty’s mastery over language is evident in his eloquent verses, which effortlessly capture the reader’s attention. His skillful use of metaphors, similes, and allegorical imagery creates a vivid and evocative tapestry of words. The poetic beauty of ‘Chandimangal’ lies not only in its linguistic richness but also in its rhythmic flow, making it a pleasure to recite and read aloud.


‘Chandimangal’ by Mukundaram Chakraborty is a literary gem that continues to enthrall readers with its narrative complexity, spiritual devotion, and cultural significance. The epic’s exploration of the divine, its portrayal of characters, and its seamless integration of various literary forms make it a masterpiece of Bengali literature. As a window into the past, ‘Chandimangal’ not only enriches our understanding of history and culture but also invites us to contemplate the timeless themes of faith, virtue, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. 0 0 0.

Chandimangal by Mukundaram Chakraborty A Review


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N. B. The article ‘Chandimangal by Mukundaram Chakraborty A Review’ originally belongs to the book The Reviews of Epic Literature Around the World Vol-Iby Menonim Menonimus.


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