Sangam literature
Sangam period (Tamil: சங்ககால பருவம், Cankakāla paruvam ?) is the period in the history of ancient southern India (known as the Tamilakam) spanning from c. 300 BCE and 300 CE. This collection con...
Upanishads
The Upanishads (/uːˈpænɪˌʃædz, uːˈpɑːnɪˌʃɑːdz/; singular: Sanskrit: उपनिषत्, IAST: Upaniṣat, [upəniʂət̪]; plural: Sanskrit: उपनिषदः) are a collection of texts in the Vedic Sanskrit language wh...
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Niyamasara
Niyamasara is a 1st Century CE spiritual treatise by Kundakunda described by its commentators as the Bhagavat Shastra. It expounds the path of liberation.
Niyamasara deals with the three ethico-sp...
List of historic Indian texts

Each collection represents a set of books that are collectively known by the collection's name. In the list of books (shown below the table of collections), each book also refers to the collectio...
Nagananda
Nagananda (Joy of the Serpents) is a Sanskrit play attributed to king Harsha (ruled 606 C.E. - 648 C.E.).Nagananda is one of the best Sanskrit dramas in five acts dealing with the popular story of Jim...
Ratnavali
Ratnavali is a Sanskrit drama about a beautiful princess named Ratnavali, and a great king named Udayana. It is attributed to the Indian emperor Harsha (606-648). It is a Natika in four acts. One of t...
Arthashastra
The Arthashastra (Sanskrit: अर्थशास्त्र; IAST: Arthaśāstra) is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, written in Sanskrit. It identifies its author by the nam...
Akam (poetry)
Akam (Tamil: அகம், akam ) is one of two genres of Classical Tamil poetry which concerns with the subject of love, the other (Tamil: புறம், puṟam ) concerns the subject of war. It c...
Pancastikayasara
Pañcastikayasara, or the essence of reality, is a Jain text by Kundakunda is part of his trilogy, known as the prahbrta-traya or the nataka-traya. Kundakunda explains the Jain concepts of Ontology and...
Ashokavadana
The Ashokavadana (Sanskrit: अशोकावदान, "Narrative of Ashoka") is a 2nd-century CE text that describes the birth and reign of the Maurya Emperor Ashoka the Great. It contains legends as well as his...
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Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
The Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upanishad (Sanskrit: बृहदारण्यक उपनिषद्) is one of the oldest, mukhya (primary) Upanishads. It is contained within the Shatapatha Brahmana, which is itself a part of Shukla Yajur...
Shuddhananda Bharati
Kavi Yogi Maharishi Dr. Shuddhananda Bharati (11 May 1897 – 7 March 1990) was an Indian philosopher and poet. His teachings are focused mainly on the search for God in Self, through the Sama Yoga...
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Purva Mimamsa Sutras
The Mimamsa Sutra (Sanskrit: मीमांसा सूत्र, Mīmāṁsā Sūtra) or the Purva Mimamsa Sutras (ca. 300–200 BCE), written by Rishi Jaimini is one of the most important ancient Hindu philosophical texts. I...
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached is a sloka of Katha Upanishad which was popularized in the late 19th century by Indian Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda. It was his message to the Hindu...
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Abhinavabharati
Abhinavabharati is a commentary on ancient Indian author Bharata Muni's work of dramatic theory, the Natyasastra. It is the only old commentary available on this work. The Abhinavabharati was written...
Purananuru
Purananuru (pronounced puṟanāṉūṟu, Tamil: புறநானூறு) is a Tamil poetic work in the Eṭṭuttokai, one of the eighteen melkanakku noolgal. It is a treatise on kingship: what a king should be, how he s...
The Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature
The Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature (Tamil: ஐம்பெரும்காப்பியங்கள் Aimperumkāppiyaṅkaḷ) are five large narrative Tamil epics according to later Tamil literary tradition, namely Cilappatikāram,...
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Tamil mythology
Tamil mythology means the stories and sacred narratives belonging to the Tamil people. This body of mythology is a mix of elements from the Tamil culture, Dravidian culture and Indus Valley cultures a...
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Gaha Sattasai
The Gāhā Sattasaī or Gaha Kosha (Sanskrit: गाथासप्तशती Gāthā Saptaśatī) is a collection of poems in Maharashtri Prakrit. The poems mostly have love as a theme. Many of the poems are by women.The c...
Tattvartha Sutra
Tattvartha Sutra (also known as Tattvarth-adhigama-sutra or Moksh-Shastra) is a Jain text written by Acharya Umaswami, probably in the fourth or fifth century CE. It was an attempt to bring together ...
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Valayapathi
Valayapathi (Tamil: வளையாபதி) is a fragmentary Tamil Jain epic. Tamil literary tradition places it among the five great epics, alongside such works as Silappatikaram, Manimegalai, Civaka Cintamani...
Ashtavakra Gita
The Ashtavakra Gita (Sanskrit in Devanagari: अष्टावक्रगीता; IAST: aṣṭāvakragītā) or the Song of Ashtavakra is a classical Advaita Vedanta scripture.The Ashtavakra Samhita documents a dialogue between ...
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Mattavilasa Prahasana
Mattavilasa Prahasana (Devanagari:मत्तविलासप्रहसन), (English: A Farce of Drunken Sport) is a short one-act Sanskrit play. It is one of the two great one act plays written by scholar King Mahendrav...
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Ramavataram
Ramavataram, popularly referred to as Kamba Ramayanam, is a Tamil epic that was written by the Tamil poet Kamban during the 12th century. Based on Valmiki's Ramayana (which is in Sanskrit), the story ...
Ainkurunuru
Ainkurunuru (Tamil: ஐங்குறுநூறு, Aiṅkuṟunūṟu ) a classical Tamil poetic work containing five hundred short poems, and is part of Ettuthokai, an anthology of Sangam literature. The poems in t...
Eṭṭuttokai
Ettuthokai(Tamil: எட்டுத்தொகை)– 'The Eight Anthologies' - Classical Tamil poetic work - form part of the Pathinenmaelkanakku anthology series of the Sangam Literature. Ettuthokai and its companion...
Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Sanskrit: मूलमध्यमककारिका), or Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way, is a key text of the Madhyamaka-school, written by Nagarjuna, one of the most important Buddhist philosop...