In addition to the Vedas, other sacred books began to appear. The first of these were the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Mahabharata is a long epic poem that is over 100,000 verses long. It tells the story of two families and of their struggle for power and control over the Aryans. This story is full of philosophical ideas and thoughts on their culture and religious practices.
The Ramayana is a smaller epic poem, but still considerably large at over 24,000 verses. This epic tells the story of a kind and goodly king and his wife.
Later, the Upanishads would be written from 800 B.C. to 400 B.C. The Upanishads are the recorded wisdom of generations of priests as they search for religious meaning and truth.