Mahabharata – The Great Epic

The Mahabharata (महाभारत) is the longest epic in any language. Tradition has it that it was composed by the sage Vyasa, who dictated it to Lord Ganapati, who was the only person who could write it down as fast as the sage could compose it. Structure It is divided into eighteen books of varying lengths. Here are … Read more

Ramayana – Epic of Hinduism

The Ramayana (रामायण) is an epic poem, composed by the sage Valmiki. It is the first epic of Hinduism, the other being the Mahabharata. You can find the condensed version of the Ramayana on this site. Structure This poem contains 24,000 verses, divided into six books, called Kandas, which mean ‘phases’ in Sanskrit. They are: The format for citing … Read more

Devi Bhagavata – The Purana of Devi

The Devi Bhagavataदेवि भागवत tells the story of Devi (the Goddess), who is present in her three aspects as Laxmi, Saraswati and Parvati. It consists of eighteen thousand hymns, divided into 318 chapters. The format for citations is [Devi:chapter.hymn].

Matsya Purana – The Fish

This Purana talks about the Avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu as a fish (Matsya), to save the seed of humanity from being washed away in the cosmic deluge. (similar to the flood story of Noah’s Ark).

Bhagavata Purana

The Bhagavata Purana (भागवत पुराण), also called the Srimad Bhagavatam, extolls the virtues of Lord Vishnu as the supreme personality of the Godhead. It is one of the chief Vaishnavaite Puranas. It was composed by the sage Vyasa. It is divided into 335 chapters, organized into 12 Cantos. The Cantos are: The above Canto headings are taken from, which … Read more