List Of Hindu Texts

Hinduism is an ancient religion with diverse traditions such as Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and others. Each tradition has a long list of Hindu texts, with subgenre based on syncretization of ideas from Samkhya, Nyaya, Yoga, Vedanta and other schools of Hindu philosophy. Of these some called Sruti are broadly considered as core scriptures of Hinduism, but beyond the Sruti, the list of scriptures vary by the scholar.

Several lists include only the Vedas, the Principal Upanishads, the Agamas and the Bhagavad Gita as scriptures broadly accepted by Hindus. Goodall adds regional texts such as Bhagavata Purana and Yajnavalkya Smriti to the list. Beyond the Sruti, Hindu texts include Smritis, Shastras, Sutras, Tantras, Puranas, Itihasas, Stotras, Subhashitas and others.

Most of these texts exist in Sanskrit, several others have been composed in regional languages such as Tamil. In modern times, most have been translated into other Indian languages and some in Western languages. This list includes major Hindu texts, along with the Hindu scriptures.

See akso: Indian Epic Poetry and Kama Sutra

Purana Manuscripts from 15th- to 18th-century

Purana Manuscripts from 15th- to 18th-century


  • Aathichoodi (ஆத்திசூடி): – an important Tamil scripture sung and written by last great saivite saint Auvaiyar.
  • Abhang devotional poetry requires authentication
  • Agama – important smriti scriptures. Different denominations understand this term in different ways.
  • Aitareya Upanishad (AiUp),Rigveda.
  • Amrutanubhav
  • Aranyaka (आरण्यक) : Part of the Vedas, the third layer embedded inside them, treated as Śruti.
  • Arthashastra:Book written by chanakya (vishnugupta)ancient Hindu economic book.
  • Āryabhaṭīya
  • Arya-siddhanta
  • Atharva Veda: one of the four Vedas; the last one
  • Akilathirattu Ammanai: A 19th century Tamil Vaishnavite text and the primary scripture of Ayyavazhi sect.


  • Baudhayana sutras
  • Bhagavad Gītā (भगवद् गीता) : The national gospel contained in Mahābhārata, Part of the epic poem Mahabharata, located in the Bhishma-Parva chapters 23–40. A core sacred text of Hinduism and philosophy.
  • Bhagavata Purana – one of the “Maha” Puranic texts of Hindu literature, and is Sanskrit for “The Book of God”.
  • Bharude,ovya:devotional poetry.
  • Bhavarth Ramayan
  • Bījagaṇita:Ancient Indian mathematics ,algebra book.
  • book ‘Lilavati:book written by Indian mathematician bhaskara-ii including maths,algebra.
  • Brahmana – one of the parts into which the Vedas are divided, and are its second layer.
  • Brahma Sutras – important texts in Advaita Vedanta.
  • Brahmasphuṭasiddhanta– written by Ancient mathematecian brahmagupta in which hindu number system,zero ,brahmagupta’s bijganit,algebra with arihmatic is mentioned.
  • Brihadaranyaka (BrUp),white Yajurveda.
  • Brihat-Samhita: Hindu astronomical text written by mathematecian Varahmihira.


  • Chhandas – (छंदः), the study of Vedic meter, is one of the six Vedanga disciplines, or “organs of the vedas.
  • Chandogya Upanishad – is associated with the Samaveda. It figures as number 9 in the Muktika canon of 108 Upanishads. It is part of the Chandogya Brahmana, which has ten chapters.
  • Charaka Samhita: An early Ayurvedic text on internal medicine. It is believed to be the oldest of the three ancient treatises of Ayurveda.
  • Classics of Indian Mathematics: Algebra, with Arithmetic and Mensuration, from the Sanskrit of Brahmagupta and Bhāskara.
  • “‘Code of Manu”‘ – is the most important and earliest metrical work of the Dharmaśāstra textual tradition of Hinduism


  • Dasbodh
  • Devi Mahatmya also known as Durgā Saptashatī – 700 verses from Mārkandeya Purana giving an account of the Glory of Devi, the Goddess, the most important text of Shaktism – sometimes referred to as the “Shakta Bible”
  • Devi Bhagavata – One of the Puranas which is one of the most important writings in Shaktism.
  • Divya Prabandha – Collection of 4000 verses in Tamil; sung by Alvars saints on Vishnu.
  • Dnyaneshwari -(Marathi: ज्ञानेश्वरी) (IAST:’Jñānēśvarī) is a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita written by the Marathi saint and poet Dnyaneshwar in the 13th century.


  • Ganesha Purana :(Sanskrit:गणेश पुराणम्; gaṇeśa purāṇam) is a Sanskrit text that deals with the Hindu deity Ganesha (Gaṇeśa).
  • Gheranda Samhita (धेरंड संहिता): One of the three classic texts of Hatha Yoga (see also: Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Shiva Samhita) written in the late 17th century CE.
  • Gītā (गीता): See Bhagwad Gita


  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika: is one of the fundamental text of Hatha Yoga including information about asanas, pranayama, chakras, kundalini, bandhas, kriyas, shakti, nadis and mudras. It was written by Swami Swatmarama in the 15th century CE.
  • Haripath
  • Hindutva:Book written by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
  • Hindurashtra Darshan


  • Itihasas – in Hindu religious context this term refers to the Mahabharata and the Ramayana but may also be used in reference to all kinds of Indian Epic Poetry
  • Isa (IsUp),White of Upanishadas.


  • Kamba Ramayanam ({kali puja கம்ப இராமாயணம்): 12th century Tamil version of Ramayana.
  • Katha :(KaUp),Black Yajurveda
  • Kaushitaki Upanishada
  • Kena:One of mukya upanishadas
  • Khaṇḍakhādyaka (meaning “edible bite; morsel of food”) is an astronomicaltreatise written by Indian mathematician and astronomer Brahmagupta in 665 A.D.
  • Kumārasambhava


  • Mahabharata (महाभारत): One of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. The Mahabharata is of religious and philosophical importance in India; in particular, the Bhagavad Gita, which is one of its chapters (Bhishmaparva) and a sacred text of Hinduism.
  • Maitrayaniya Upanishada
  • Mandukya :One of Mukhya Upanishadas.
  • Manu Smriti (मनुस्मृति) : The Manusmriti translated “Laws of Manu” is as an important work of Hindu law and ancient Indian society. The revised text is largely doctored during the British rule to spread disharmony among the people.
  • Meghadūta
  • Mundaka (MuUp),Atharvaveda.


  • The Nalayira Divya Prabandham (Tamil: நாலாயிர திவ்ய பிரபந்தம்) is a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses (Naalayira in Tamil means ‘four thousand’) composed before 8th century AD,[1] by the 12 Alvars, and was compiled in its present form by Nathamuni during the 9th – 10th centuries. The work is the beginning of the canonization of the 12 Vaishnava poet saints, and these hymns are still sung extensively even today. The works were lost before they were collected and organized in the form of an anthology by Nathamuni.
  • Natyashastra


Purana Manuscripts from 15th- to 18th-century

Purana Manuscripts from 15th- to 18th-century

  • Purana (पुराण): Purana meaning “ancient” or “old” is the name of a genre (or a group of related genres) of Indian written literature (as distinct from oral literature). Its general themes are history, tradition and religion. It is usually written in the form of stories related by one person to another.
  • Periya Puranam (பெரியபுராணம்): The Periya Puranam (Tamil: பெரிய‌ புராண‌ம்), that is, the great puranam or epic, sometimes called Tiruttontarpuranam (“Tiru-Thondar-Puranam”, the Purana of the Holy Devotees), is a Tamil poetic account depicting the legendary lives of the sixty-three Nayanars, the canonical poets of Tamil Shaivism. It was compiled during the 12th century by Sekkizhar. It provides evidence of trade with South Indian[1] The Periya Puranam is part of the corpus of Shaiva canonical works.
  • Prashna(PrUp), Atharvaveda.


  • Rāmāyaṇa (रामायण): Part of the Hindu smriti, written by Valmiki. This epic of 24,000 verses in seven kandas (chapters or books) tells of a Raghuvamsa prince, Rama of Ayodhya, whose wife Sita is abducted by the rakshasa Ravana.
  • Rigveda (ऋग्वेद): The Rigveda is a collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns counted as the holiest of the four religious texts of Hindus, known as the Vedas.
  • Ramcharitmanas (रामचरितमानस) An Awadhi rendering of Ramayana by Tulsidas.


  • Sahasranama – a book containing a list of names of deities
  • Sama Veda – one of the four Vedas
  • Shiva Samhita: is one of the three classical treatises on Hatha Yoga (see also: Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika) written by an unknown author. The text is addressed by the Hindu god Shiva to his consort Parvati.
  • Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta – a collection of seventy seven aphorisms that form the foundation of Kashmir Shaivism.
  • Shvetashvatara Upanishada
  • Siddhānta Śiromani : It is the major treatise of Indian mathematician Bhāskara II.
  • Smriti – Hindu scriptures other than the Vedas (e.g. the Itihasas, the Puranas)
  • Sri Guru Charitra
  • Sri Gurulilamrut: Book of Dattatreya Guru and his avatars sripadvallabh, Shri Narasimha Saraswati and Swami Samarth.
  • Sri Navnath Bhaktisar
  • Śruti (श्रुति): A canon of Hindu scriptures. Shruti is believed to have no author; rather a divine recording of the “cosmic sounds of truth”, heard by rishis.
  • Sūtra (सूत्र): Sūtra refers to an aphorism or a collection of such aphorisms in the form of a book or text. ‘Sutras’ form a school of Vedic study, related to and somewhat later than the Upanishads.
  • Sushruta Samhita: An ancient Sanskrit text, attributed to one Sushruta, foundational to Ayurvedic medicine (Indian traditional medicine), with innovative chapters on surgery.
  • Swara yoga: An ancient science of pranic body rhythms. It explores how prana can be controlled through the breath.
  • Sukratniti:An ancient Shilpa Shastras on Murti or Vigraha making (icon design).


  • Tantras (तंत्र): The esoteric Hindu traditions of rituals and yoga. Tantra can be summarised as a family of voluntary rituals modeled on those of the Vedas, together with their attendant texts and lineages.
  • Taittiriya Upanishada (TaiUp),Black Yajurveda.
  • Thirumurai – an important Tamil twelve volumes compendium which consists of Ancient Tamil Saivite works.
  • Thiruvasagam –one of the most important Tamil Saivite scripture sung by the great saint ‘Manikavasagar’. This work was written by God Siva himself.
  • Tirukovai – an important Tamil Saivite scripture sung by manicavasagar and again written by God Siva himself.
  • Thevaram – an important Tamil Saivite scripture.
  • Thiruvilayadal Puranam – an important Tamil Saivite scripture written by Paranjyothi munivar which describes the 64 divine plays of God Siva in “Madurai” as “Sokkanadhar”(spouse of Goddess Meenachi.
  • Tirukkural – an important Tamil scripture in Tamil Nadu written by Thrivalluvar.
  • Tirumantiram – an important Tamil Saivite work of religious poetry that written by last great siddha-saint Thrimular.
  • Thiruvarutpa – an important Tamil Saivite scripture written by last great siddha-saint Vallalar.
  • Thiruppugazh – an important Tamil Saivite scripture written by last great siddha-saint Arunagirinathar.


  • Upanishads (उपनिषद्): Part of the Hindu Śruti scriptures which primarily discuss meditation and philosophy, called the “scriptures par excellence” of Hinduism.


16th century Vedas palm leaf manuscript, Malayalam Script, Sanskrit, Kerala

16th century Vedas palm leaf manuscript, Malayalam Script, Sanskrit, Kerala

  • Vedas (वेद): Vedas are texts without start and end, stated Swami Vivekananda, and they include “the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times.” Collectively refers to a corpus of ancient Indian religious literature that are considered by adherents of Hinduism to be Śruti (that which is heard).
  • Venvaroha
  • Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – a teaching where Bhairavi (Parvati) asks Bhairava (Lord Shiva) to reveal the essence of the way one has to tread on the path to the realization of the highest reality – the state of Bhairava.


  • Yajurveda (यजुर्वेदः): One of the four Vedas, focusing on liturgy, rituals and sacrifices.
  • Yoga Sutra (योग सूत्र): One of the six darshanas of Hindu or Vedic schools and, alongside the Bhagavad Gita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika, are a milestone in the history of Yoga.
  • Yoga Vasistha, the discourse of sage Vasistha to prince Rama. It is an important text of Yoga as well as Advaita Vedanta. The book consists of around thirty thousand slokas as well as numerous short stories and anecdotes.
  • Yoga Yajnavalkya (योगयाज्ञवल्क्य): a classical treatise on yoga traditionally attributed to sage Yajnavalkya.
  • Yuktibhāṣā

See also

Articles on Hindu texts

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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