11 Facts About Hindu texts


Hindu texts are manuscripts and voluminous historical literature which are related to any of the diverse traditions within Hinduism.

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The Shruti refers to the body of most authoritative, ancient religious Hindu texts, believed to be eternal knowledge authored neither by human nor divine agent but transmitted by sages.

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Smriti texts are a specific body of Hindu texts attributed to an author, as a derivative work they are considered less authoritative than Shruti in Hinduism.

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Many ancient and medieval Hindu texts were composed in Sanskrit, many others in regional Indian languages.

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In modern times, most ancient Hindu texts have been translated into other Indian languages and some in non-Indian languages.

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Vedas are a large body of Hindu texts originating in Vedic period in northern India, the Rig Veda being composed ca.

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Upanishads are a collection of Hindu texts which contain some of the central philosophical concepts of Hinduism.

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Sutras and Shastras Hindu texts were compilations of technical or specialized knowledge in a defined area.

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The Hindu Puranas are anonymous texts and likely the work of many authors over the centuries; in contrast, most Jaina Puranas can be dated and their authors assigned.

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Hindu texts scriptures provide the early documented history of arts and sciences forms in India such as music, dance, sculptures, architecture, astronomy, science, mathematics, medicine and wellness.

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The evidence of earliest dance related Hindu texts are in Natasutras, which are mentioned in the text of Panini, the sage who wrote the classic on Sanskrit grammar, and who is dated to about 500 BCE.

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