The Immortals of Meluha is the first novel of the Shiva trilogy series by Amish Tripathi. The story is laid down in the land of Meluha and begins with the appearance of the Shiva. The Meluhans believe that Shiva is their fabled saviour Neelkanth. Shiva decides to help the Meluhans in their war against the Chandravanshis, who had joined forces with a cursed Nagas; however, during his journey and the fight that ensues, Shiva realizes how his choices actually reflect who he aspires to be and how they lead to dire consequences.
Tripathi had initially decided to write a book on the philosophy of evil, but having been discouraged by his family members; he decided to write a book on Shiva, one of the Hindu Gods. He decided to make a foundation of his story on a fundamental idea that all Gods were once human beings; it was their endeavors in the human life that made them Gods. After completing The Immortals of Meluha, Tripathi faced rejection from many publication houses. Ultimately when his agent decided to publish the book himself, Tripathi embarked on a promotional campaign. It included posting a live-action video on YouTube, and making the first chapter of the book available as a free digital download, to tempt readers.
Finally, when the book was published in February 2010, it went on to become a huge commercial success. It had to be reprinted a number of times to keep up with the demand. Tripathi even changed his publisher and hosted a big launch for the book in Delhi. It was