Hindu mythology are myths found in Hindu texts such as the Vedic literature, epics like ''Mahabharata'' and ''Ramayana'', the Puranas, and regional literature like the Tamil ''Periya Puranam'' and the ''Mangal Kavya'' of Bengal. Hindu mythology is also found in widely translated popular texts such as the fables of the ''Panchatantra'' and the ''Hitopadesha'', as well as in Southeast Asian texts. Hindu mythology does not often have a consistent, monolithic structure. The same myth typically appears in various versions, and can be represented differently across different regional and socio-religious traditions. Many of these legends evolve across these texts, where the character names change or the story is embellished with greater details. According to Suthren Hirst, these myths have been given a complex range of interpretations. while according to Doniger O'Flaherty, the central message and moral values remain the same. They have been modified by various philosophical schools over time, and are taken to have deeper, often symbolic, meaning.

See also

* Proto-Indo-European religion * Proto-Indo-Iranian religion * Vedic mythology * Dashavatara * Hindu cosmology * Puranic chronology * Hindu eschatology * Hindu deities * Hindu scriptures * Kanglei mythology * Greek mythology



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Further reading

* * * * * * * Pattanaik, Devdutt (2003).
Indian mythology: tales, symbols, and rituals from the heart of the Subcontinent
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External links

Clay Sanskrit Library
publishes classical Indian literature, including the Mahabharata and Ramayana, with facing-page text and translation. Also offers searchable corpus and downloadable materials.
Sanskrit Documents Collection
Documents in ITX format of Upanishads, Stotras etc. {{Hindudharma