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.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesGetTitleTypeEditorReleased

Mahabharata

Film

Jean-Claude Carrière
Marie-Hélène Estienne
Peter Brook

1989-01-01

Ramayana

Film

Hiroshi Onogi
Koichi Sasaki
Narendra Sharma
Ram Mohan
Rani Burra
Yugo Sako

1992-01-01

Ramayana

Graphic Novel

Abhishek Singh
Shamik Dasgupta

2006-09-01

Ramayana

Television

Umesh Chandra Upadhyay

2008-01-21

Ramayana

Film

Nina Paley

2008-02-11

Mahabharata

Novel

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

2008-02-27

Mahabharata

Novel

Devdutt Pattanaik

2010-08-16

Ramayana

Film

Chetan Desai

2010-10-15

Ramayana

Novel

Ashok Banker

2011-09-14

Shiva Trilogy

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2012-05-22

Shiva Trilogy

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2012-05-22

Other

Novel

Ashwin Sanghi

2012-08-24

Other

Novel

Kavita Kane

2012-09-11

Shiva Trilogy

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2013-03-01

The Aryavarta Chronicles

Novel

Krishna Udayasankar

2013-08-15

Mahabharata

Television

Anand Vardhan
Mihir Bhuta
Radhika Anand
Sharmin Joseph
Siddharth Kumar Tewary

2013-09-16

Other

Novel

Anand Neelakantan

2013-12-11

Mahabharata

Film

Amaan Khan

2013-12-27

Ramayana

Novel

Devdutt Pattanaik

2014-02-19

The Aryavarta Chronicles

Novel

Krishna Udayasankar

2014-09-15

The Aryavarta Chronicles

Novel

Krishna Udayasankar

2015-01-12

Ram Chandra

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2015-06-22

Ram Chandra

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2017-05-29

Rick Riordan Presents

Novel

Roshani Chokshi

2018-03-27

Rick Riordan Presents

Novel

Roshani Chokshi

2019-04-30

Ram Chandra

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2019-07-01

Rick Riordan Presents

Novel

Roshani Chokshi

2020-04-07

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