Ramayana and Mahabharata are the two epics of Hinduism.
I suspect she suspected that I had a different take on the matter, but she never said anything when as a child I devoured the comic books of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and an illustrated children’s Bible and other stories of the gods.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
Scholars who can compare early Greek poetry with the epic traditions of ancient India have found affinities in theme and phraseology with the stories of noble warriors, wife-stealing, and dynastic struggle with the gods that are told in the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Homer -- The Iliad
…(ancient books of philosophy); (a) Smrti, which include the traditional teachings of the orthodox sages, canonical instructions for domestic ceremonials, and certain works of secular and religious law, as well as the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, which of course includes the Bhagavad Gita; (3) Purana, which are the Hindu mythological and epic works par excellence; these treat of cosmogonic, theological, astronomical, and physical knowledge; and (4) Tantra, texts describing…
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
In India, for example, in the Mahabharata, the messengers of death were drawn as crows.
Ted Dekker -- BoneMan’s Daughters
…which, delivered by Brahma, treat of medicine, archery, architecture, music, and the four-and-sixty mechanical arts; the Ved-Angas, revealed by inspired saints, and devoted to astronomy, grammar, prosody, pronunciation, charms and incantations, religious rites and ceremonies; the Up-Angas, written by the sage Vyasa, and given to cosmogony, chronology, and geography; therein also are the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, heroic poems, designed for the perpetuation of our gods and demi-gods.
Lew Wallace -- Ben Hur
Then, overcome with wonder, his hair standing on end, Arjuna bowed his head to the Lord, joined his palms in salutation, and addressed Him: In Thy body, 0 Lord, I behold all the gods and all the diverse hosts of beings—the Lord Brahma, seated on the lotus, all the patriarchs * The principal text of modern Hindu devotional religiosity: an ethical dialogue of eighteen chapters, appearing in Book VI of the Mahabharata, which is the Indian counterpart of the Iliad.