Free stories and books for learners of all levels

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The story of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya who rescues his wife Sita from Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. Our retelling of this ancient poem starts with simple Sanskrit that gets richer over time. (Learn more)


Simple, whimsical stories about a young boy named Sanjaya and his friends and family. These stories require no cultural context and are great for beginners. (Learn more)


Ancient fables about the wise conduct of everyday life. Our retelling slightly simplifies the language of the original stories but preserves their timeless character. (Learn more)


The Buddha, his life, and his legacy. Includes a graded adaptation of the Buddhacarita (the oldest biography of the Buddha), as well as some other Buddhist works. (Learn more)


The most famous conversation in Sanskrit literature, provided at multiple levels of difficulty. Choose the level that's right for you, or work your way up to the original verses. We recommend this series to readers who already have some familiarity with Hinduism and the Mahabharata. (Learn more)


Phonetics and pronunciation. Traditionally, phonetics is the first subject that Sanskrit students study. (Learn more)