Websites About Hindu Epics and Puranas

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Links to Epics and Puranas of Hinduism

Translation of the Mahabharata - A complete translation of the Mahabharata epic.

The Ramayana - A complete translation of the epic Ramayana

Eighteen Puranas - An essay on the eighteen Puranas.

Puranic Encyclopedia - Synopsis of eighteen Puranas and purchase links.

Srimad Bhagavatam - The English translation of the Bagavath Purana by Swami Prabhupâda.

American Forum - Ramayana - Re-telling of this famous story in a shortened form suitable for children.

Ramayana - Short summary of the chapters in the Ramayana.

Ramayana - A site offers resources, games, articles and books about the holy scripture Ramayana.

Ramayana - A Picture Gallery - A collection of illustrations of the characters and scenes from the Ramayana.

Valmiki Ramayana - The epic poem by Valmiki Maharshi of Lord Ramachandra's war with the evil demon Ravana. Original Sanskrit and English translations.

Introduction to the Mahabharata - An online version of the beginning of the work, up to the birth of the Pandavas.

The Mahabharat Chronology - The site describes the Vedic calendar and then gives the dates for the important events of the Mahabharata based on that calendar, thus giving a time frame to the epic and the ages of the characters at the various events.

Mahabharata - The complete text of Chakravarti Rajagopalachari's retelling of the story, as a single online PDF file.

Mahabharata - Opening part of the Mahabharata, narrated by V Lakshmanan.

The Mahabharata - Complete electronic copy of the work. Based on John Smith's revision of Prof. Muneo Tokunaga's version of the text, checked at the Bhandarkar Institute, Pune. Requires registration and login.

The Mahabharata - An introduction to the study of the work, with a very brief summary, and reviews of some of the available translations.

The Mahabharata and the Sindhu-Sarasvati Tradition - Discusses the evidence and the possibilities for placing the basic story in the third to fifth millenia before the Christian era. By Subhash Kak. [PDF]

Mahabharata resources - Provides resources on the introduction to the epic, Sanskrit text, translations, retellings, studies, art/theatre/ritual, variations, creative insights, quotes, etc.

Mahabharata Tatparyam Nirnaya - Download text, and information about one of the oldest commentaries on the Mahabharata.

Mahabharata: the Great Epic of India - Includes an introduction and a synopsis, a list of English translations of the epic. Also has discussions of what dharma is, and of the complex dilemmas faced by the heroes and villains of the story.

Mahabharata-Tatparya-Nirnaya Bhava-Sangraha - A translation of a 32 verse summary of the Mahabharata. This site contains much information that will be useful to those engaged in research.

Sacred-Texts: Hinduism - The complete text of the translation by Kisan Mohan Ganguli.

A Wonder of Ancient India: The Mahabharata - A brief summary of the purpose and meaning of the work by Nhilde Davidson.  

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