The late Vedic age saw the compilation of the two great ITHIHASAS (epics), the RAMAYANA and the MAHABHARATA. The legends of both which Ramayana and Mahabharata consist have come down, by tradition, from the earliest period of the Vedic age. The stories of these epics are secular in nature but they not only describe the feats of their heroes but also refer to the influence that the gods had on their exploits. Thus the stories of the gods were supplemented and expanded as they were woven into the narratives and the heroes themselves got assimilated into Indian popular religion and became deified.
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