Hindu Mythology, Literature, and Sacred Texts

The Hindu religion is likely the oldest religion still practiced today. It’s mythology is vast and full of exciting stories, and the sheer amount of literature is staggaring. This is the Hindu Mythology, Literature, and Sacred Text timeline.

What’s on the Hindu Mythology and Literature timeline?

The amount of Hindu literature is absolutely massive, so this is not a comprehensive timeline. There are certain categories that are perhaps more important, and we’ve tried to include those here. However, there is much that we’ve missed. If there’s a specific text or adaptation that is important to you, please reach out to us and let us know so we can add it to this timeline. Primarily, this timeline includes the following:

  • Primary sacred texts such as the Vedas.
  • Various ancient texts that are important sources of Hindu mythology, such as the Puranas and Epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
  • Various hymns, sutras, and philosophical texts.
  • Adaptations of various mythological stories. There are literally thousands of modern stories that adapt or are inspired by Hindu mythology and religion, especially thanks to Bollywood. It’s impossible to list it all here. I’ve included several key adaptations of the more popular texts, but if there’s something you would recommend that is missing, please let us know and we’ll add it.

We hope you enjoy this Hindu mythology, literature, and sacred text timeline. If you do, you might enjoy some of our other mythology timelines. Thanks for stopping by!

A note on sorting dates: For complicated sorting reasons, I’ve had to list dates that exist before the common era (BCE) in a unique fashion. I’ve added “00-” to the front, then subtracted the BCE date from 5000. So 1000 BCE would actually be listed as 00-4000. This may seem unnecessarily complicated, but it was the only way I could sort it in the proper order. The BCE dates are listed in the normal way if you click on the item.

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Vedas

Text

Anonymous

00-3100

Vedas

Text

Anonymous

00-3500

Vedas

Text

Anonymous

00-3500

Vedas

Text

Anonymous

00-3500

Shastra

Text

Bharata Muni

00-4200

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

00-4450

Sutras

Text

Patanjali

00-4500

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

00-4500

Sutras

Text

Badarayana

00-4500

Sutras

Text

Aksapada Gautama

00-4500

Sutras

Text

Kanada

00-4500

Samhita

Text

Anonymous

00-4500

Epics

Text

Valmiki

00-4550

Epics

Text

Veda Vyasa

00-4600

Sutras

Text

Anonymous

00-4600

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

00-4650

Sutras

Text

Rishi Jaimini

00-4700

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

00-4700

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

00-4700

Sutras

Text

Rishi Jaimini

00-4700

Sutras

Text

Vishnusharma

00-4800

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

00-4900

Shastra

Text

Kautilya

00-4900

Samhita

Text

Atreya

00-4900

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0300-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0400-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0400-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0450-01-01

Hymns

Text

Nambi Andar Nambi

0500-01-01

Hatha Yoga

Text

Valmiki

0500-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0700-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0700-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Vyasa

0800-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0800-01-01

Hymns

Text

Nathamuni

0800-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1000-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1200-01-01

Hatha Yoga

Text

Anonymous

1300-01-01

Hatha Yoga

Text

Anonymous

1300-01-01

Other

Text

Vidyaranya

1386-01-01

Other

Text

Sadananda Yogendra Saraswati

1450-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1500-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1500-01-01

Epics

Text

Goswami Tulsidas

1600-01-01

Samhita

Text

Anonymous

1690-01-01

Mahabharata

Film

Girish Karnad
Satyadev Dubey
Shyam Benegal

1981-07-24

Mahabharata

Novel

Pratibha Ray

1984-01-01

Mahabharata

Graphic Novel

Kamala Chandrakant
Lopamudra
Margie Sastry
Mihir Lal Mitra
Mohan Swaminathan
Shubha Kandhekar
Subba Rao
Sumona Roy
TMP Nedungadi
Yagya Sharma

1985-01-01

Ramayana

Television

Ramanand Sagar

1987-01-25

Mahabharata

Television

Dr. Rahi Masoom
Pandit Narendra
Raza
Sharma

1988-10-02

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