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Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah is a character that features in the novel Aru Shah and the End of Time, written by Roshani Chokshi and edited by Rick Riordan.

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Pandava Quartet

Aru Shah and the End of Time

After being called a liar by her classmates, Aru Shah lights the lamp of Bharata to convince them that she isn't. Lighting the lamp releases a monster known as the Sleeper. Once the Sleeper leaves, Aru finds that everyone around her has been frozen in time, and that only she can move. She runs to find her mother, only to find that she's been frozen as well. She goes back to the lobby of the museum, where the stone statue of an elephant starts to move and 'speak', a voice booming from inside. The stone elephant's mouth opens, and Boo flies out, revealing himself as the source of the noise. Boo asking where the Pandava brother, only one of Pandava brothers could light the lamp. And when Aru says it was her who lit the lamp, Boo stated they might as well let the world end. 


Aru Shah The End of Time appearance

Aru Shah is tall, lean and medium-skinned.


  • Aru's name derives from the Sanskrit word aru (अरु), meaning sun. Her surname is derived from the Sanskrit word sadhu (साधु), meaning saint.
  • Aru is the first protagonist of a Rick Riordan Presents book.
Pandava Quartet
Books: Aru Shah and the End of Time | Aru Shah and the Song of Death
Main Characters: Aru Shah | Mini | Boo | Sleeper | Urvashi | Hanuman
Minor Characters: K. P. Shah | Arielle Reddy | Poppy Lopez | Burton Prater | Valmiki
Devas: Indra | Dharma Raja | Krishna | Shiva | Ashvins | Chitrigupta | Ganesh | Lakshmi | Vayu | Ritus
Creatures: Makara | Brahmasura | Chakora | Naga | Uchchaihshravas | Ek and Do
Related Content: Roshani Chokshi | Rick Riordan Presents