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The Mahābhārata is one of the two most important Sanskrit epics of Hinduism (the other being the Rāmāyaṇa ). It comprises some 100,000 metrically arranged verses, each of 32 syllables. The longest work of its kind in the world, the epic is roughly eight times the length of the Odyssey and Iliad put together. Presumably based on a substantially shorter core, it swelled to its present length in a process that took several centuries, from the 4th century bce to the 5th century ce.

While the literature preceding the Mahābhārata – mainly the Vedas and their ancillary texts…

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Malik, Aditya, “Mahābhārata”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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