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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Roshani Chokshi

2020-04-07

Ram Chandra

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2019-07-01

Rick Riordan Presents

Novel

Roshani Chokshi

2019-04-30

Rick Riordan Presents

Novel

Roshani Chokshi

2018-03-27

Ram Chandra

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2017-05-29

Ram Chandra

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2015-06-22

The Aryavarta Chronicles

Novel

Krishna Udayasankar

2015-01-12

The Aryavarta Chronicles

Novel

Krishna Udayasankar

2014-09-15

Ramayana

Novel

Devdutt Pattanaik

2014-02-19

Mahabharata

Film

Amaan Khan

2013-12-27

Other

Novel

Anand Neelakantan

2013-12-11

Mahabharata

Television

Anand Vardhan
Mihir Bhuta
Radhika Anand
Sharmin Joseph
Siddharth Kumar Tewary

2013-09-16

The Aryavarta Chronicles

Novel

Krishna Udayasankar

2013-08-15

Shiva Trilogy

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2013-03-01

Other

Novel

Kavita Kane

2012-09-11

Other

Novel

Ashwin Sanghi

2012-08-24

Shiva Trilogy

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2012-05-22

Shiva Trilogy

Novel

Amish Tripathi

2012-05-22

Ramayana

Novel

Ashok Banker

2011-09-14

Ramayana

Film

Chetan Desai

2010-10-15

Mahabharata

Novel

Devdutt Pattanaik

2010-08-16

Mahabharata

Novel

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

2008-02-27

Ramayana

Film

Nina Paley

2008-02-11

Ramayana

Television

Umesh Chandra Upadhyay

2008-01-21

Ramayana

Graphic Novel

Abhishek Singh
Shamik Dasgupta

2006-09-01

Ramayana

Film

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

1992-01-01

Mahabharata

Film

Jean-Claude Carrière
Marie-Hélène Estienne
Peter Brook

1989-01-01

Mahabharata

Television

Dr. Rahi Masoom
Pandit Narendra
Raza
Sharma

1988-10-02

Ramayana

Television

Ramanand Sagar

1987-01-25

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

Mahabharata

Novel

Pratibha Ray

1984-01-01

Mahabharata

Film

Girish Karnad
Satyadev Dubey
Shyam Benegal

1981-07-24

Samhita

Text

Anonymous

1690-01-01

Epics

Text

Goswami Tulsidas

1600-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1500-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1500-01-01

Other

Text

Sadananda Yogendra Saraswati

1450-01-01

Other

Text

Vidyaranya

1386-01-01

Hatha Yoga

Text

Anonymous

1300-01-01

Hatha Yoga

Text

Anonymous

1300-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1200-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

1000-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Vyasa

0800-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0800-01-01

Hymns

Text

Nathamuni

0800-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0700-01-01

Maha Puranas

Text

Anonymous

0700-01-01

Hymns

Text

Nambi Andar Nambi

0500-01-01

Hatha Yoga

Text

Valmiki

0500-01-01

Maha Puranas

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Anonymous

0450-01-01

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