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Hindu Scriptures are largely divided into two large categories.
- Shruti: “what is heard” revealed to saints
- Smriti: “what is remembered”: oral tradition
To give you an idea of the length of some scriptures, here is a table:
||Number of Verses
|Christian New Testament
Now, to give you an idea of the popularity of popularity of various Hindu scriptures, I offer this graph below which compares the number of google page finds for each of these Hindu Scriptures. You can see that in English, the Ramayana wins in popularity. So if you want to taste a little Hinduism, may I suggest you read some version of the Ramayana. As you can see by the table above, the actual Ramayana is rather long. So for a shorter retelling, I personally love William Buck’s version.