God of the Sullied

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God of the Sullied
Front cover
AuthorGaurav Sharma
GenreFiction, Historical fiction
PublishedThink Tank Books
Publication date
September 2018
Media typeBook
Pages240 pages

God of the Sullied is an Indian national bestselling[1] historical (mythological) novel written by Gaurav Sharma.[2] It is the first book of The Sullied Warrior Duology and has a sequel, Long Live the Sullied.[3][4][5] God of the Sullied is set in the ninth-century Indian state of Rudraputra (fictional location). Several rejections of this book's manuscript resulted in the creation of the book The Indian Story of an Author, a symbolic protest by Gaurav Sharma.[6][7]


The first edition of God of the Sullied was published in September 2018 by Think Tank Books, a Delhi-based publishing house.[8] The Hindi translation of the book by the author came out in September 2020 as Charitranayak Eklavya.[9][10]


God of the Sullied is a story about an underachieving, innocent and supposedly cursed child, who in the end, conquers the world and demolishes the evil. The story revolves around ninth century India, just after the sudden demise of Adi Shankaracharya – a time when a unique and exotic Ikshavaku tribe lives somewhere in Rudraputra. Their scion, Eklavya, as per the predictions of Maha-Purohit (high priest), would take birth with a purpose of demolishing the evil from the earth. The child is declared mystic. However, he would later be clutched in the hands of Kali, the darkness.[11]


  • The New Indian Express called this book "the kind of book you should curl up, with a hot cup of coffee on your bedside table."[12]
  • United News of India commented, "The moment you think you can predict the next chapter of the book, dramatic twists that Sharma cohesively puts into this novel will leave you flabbergasted." [13]

Main characters[edit]

  • Eklavya, protagonist
  • Vyas, Father of Eklavya
  • Sumati, Mother of Eklavya
  • Maha-Purohit, high priest of the province of Rudraputra
  • Maha-Mantri, chief minister of the state
  • Mohammad (enigma)
  • Old Man (name unknown)
  • Tara (Tribal Girl)
  • Acharya Virbhadra
  • Acharya Kaushal
  • Acharya Bhushan
  • Sarpanch (name unknown)


  1. ^ "Publishing house founded by writer, for writers". United News of India. 12 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Eklavya, the man behind the sullied myth". Deccan Chronicle. 28 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Long Live the Sullied: Tale of Kismet and Karma in Kaliyuga". United News of India. 29 December 2019.
  4. ^ "God of the Sullied: A tale of Kismet and Karma in Kaliyuga". United News of India. 30 September 2018.
  5. ^ "The Sullied Warrior Duology is all set to be concluded". United News of India. 13 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Rejection the reason behind me creating my new book, says Gaurav Sharma". Deccan Chronicle. 4 August 2018.
  7. ^ "My experiments with the truth of publishing, Gaurav Sharma's new book". The New Indian Express. 31 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Stay true to your story". Free Press Journal. 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ "चरित्रनायक एकलव्य: घोर अत्याचार में आशावादी कथा". Outlook Hindi. 8 September 2020.
  10. ^ "कलियुग में कैसे जिए कोई शापित!:चरित्रनायक एकलव्य की गाथा". Mediawala. 27 September 2020.
  11. ^ "लेखक गौरव शर्मा का उपन्यास 'गॉड ऑफ़ द सलीड' हुआ प्रकाशित". Dainik Bhaskar. 20 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Of Kismat, Karma and Kaliyuga". The New Indian Express. 6 November 2018.
  13. ^ "God of the Sullied: A tale of Kismet and Karma in Kaliyuga". United News of India. 30 September 2018.