The two great epics of India are the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It is said that to understand these two stories is in large measure to understand India Certainly, the Ramayana and Mahabharata have exercised a profound influence upon India. Her poets and dramatists, have found a rich source of material in the legends of the epics, the national heroes whom the stories celebrate, and the truths of which they are a dramatic expression. The Mahabharata is a much-loved tale of the god Krishna and his friend, Arjuna. Actually, there is a huge cast of characters. The book is a rich collection of many histories and legends. It is a story of love, intrigue, war, and adventure. Ultimately the stories prove the Vedic doctrine, indeed as does all the major religions, that virtue sorely tried -- will triumph over evil. Click on highlighted titles to learn more.
Myths and Legends of the Hindus and Buddhists
The Ramayana and Mahabharata - Condensed into English Verse
Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists
Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion: Geography - History - Literature
Mahabharata (by Ganguli)
Mahabharata (by Rajagopalachari)
Mahabharata (by Subramaniam)