Voices of Women in Chitra Banerjee Divakurni’s The Palace of Illusions and The Forest of Enchantments


  • Amar Shankar Mahato Research Scholar, Department of English, Binod Bihari Mahto Koyalanchal University, Dhanbad, Jharkhand




Sita, Draupadi, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Chitra Banerjee Divakurni.


Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novels The Palace of Illusions, and The Forest of Enchantments provide captivating narratives that explore women’s voices in Indian mythology and epics. In The Forest of EnchantmentsDivakaruni presents the story of Sita, the legendary wife of Lord Rama, through her perspective. The novel delves into Sita’s emotions, struggles, and resilience as she grapples with societal expectations and her identity. Similarly, The Palace of Illusions revolves around Draupadi, one of the central characters from the epic Mahabharata. Divakaruni brings Draupadi’s voice to the forefront, shedding light on her agency, strength, and vulnerabilities. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novels are a compelling exploration of the female characters in Indian mythology. Through her writings, Divakaruni challenges the traditionally male-centric portrayal of these characters and offers a fresh interpretation highlighting their multifaceted nature. Her novels provide a platform for women’s voices, allowing them to reclaim their stories and assert their presence in a patriarchal society. Divakaruni’s writing is engaging and offers a powerful testament to the resilience and power of women. Her novels bring to life the struggles, joys, and triumphs of female characters who have been largely ignored or marginalized in traditional Indian mythology. By doing so, she creates a space for diverse perspectives and highlights the importance of representation in literature. Divakaruni’s novels are essential for those seeking to explore and understand the diverse perspectives of Indian mythology. Her compelling writing style and insightful exploration of women’s experiences make these novels a valuable contribution to the literary world.


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How to Cite

Amar Shankar Mahato. (2024). Voices of Women in Chitra Banerjee Divakurni’s The Palace of Illusions and The Forest of Enchantments. Creative Saplings, 2(12), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2024.2.12.533