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Two Major Great Epics Of Ancient India - Mahabharata And Ramayana

These two great poems — Ramayana and Mahabharata — laid the foundation for Indian literary culture and are foundational to the Hindu worldview.

The fabric of Hindu culture is woven with characters and values from these two epics. Among all heroes, Rama and Krishna are highly respected and worshipped by Indian people with loving hearts. Both epics were repeated by people with devotion years after years. Stories of heroes from these two epics were retold thousands of time for character building of children in home and schools. Almost all Indian people believe the incidents described in epics did actually happen in prehistoric times.

Some dismiss stories in the Mahabharata and Ramayana as myths, but a couple of archaeological discoveries have offered evidence certain events were actual. For example, Krishna's legendary Dwarka was long considered a mythical place. Still, underwater archaeologists have found the ruins of this amazing ancient city, a discovery that confirmed Hindu epics were based on actual events.

Philosophy is a significant subject in Hinduism, which is apparent when we read the Vedas and the Upanishads. The term Veda comes from the root Vid and means "to know." The Veda is divided into four great books: the Rig-Veda, the Yajur -Veda, the Sama-Veda, and the Atharva-Veda.

Mahabharata And Ramayana – Two Major Sanskrit Epics Of Ancient India

AncientPages.com | July 12, 2021 | Featured Stories, Hindu Mythology, Myths & Legends, News, Scripts, Paintings & Inscriptions

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Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - Mahabharata and Ramayana are two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. These two literary masterworks contain a wealth of information and hold a special place in the hearts of Indian people.

"The fabric of Hindu culture is woven with characters and values from these two epics. Among all heroes, Rama and Krishna are highly respected and worshipped by Indian people with loving hearts. Both epics were repeated by people with devotion years after years. Stories of heroes from these two epics were retold thousands of time for character building of children in home and schools. Almost all Indian people believe the incidents described in epics did actually happen in prehistoric times." 1

Mahabharata And Ramayana - Two Major Sanskrit Epics Of Ancient India

Sculpture of Hindu God Krishna and Arjuna. Credit: Adobe Stock - takepicsforfun

Some dismiss stories in the Mahabharata and Ramayana as myths, but a couple of archaeological discoveries have offered evidence certain events were actual. For example, Krishna's legendary Dwarka was long considered a mythical place. Still, underwater archaeologists have found the ruins of this amazing ancient city, a discovery that confirmed Hindu epics were based on actual events.

Philosophy is a significant subject in Hinduism, which is apparent when we read the Vedas and the Upanishads. The term Veda comes from the root Vid and means "to know." The Veda is divided into four great books: the Rig-Veda, the Yajur -Veda, the Sama-Veda, and the Atharva-Veda.

Both Mahabharata and Ramayana are very religious literary works, full of stories deeply rooted in Indian philosophy.

Students of the ancient history of India will find there is much to learn from the Itihasas and the Puranas. The Itihasas, meaning "histories" consist of four books: the Ramayana, the Yogavasishtha, the Mahabharata, and the Harivamsa. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata are better known. The Ramayana describes the life of Rama, who is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the supreme God in charge of the preservation of the Universe. The Mahabharata relates the Great War between the cousins Kauravas and Pandavas. This event occurred during the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Let us learn about Mahabharata the Longest Poem ever written.

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