The three most important itihasas to Hindus are the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita. The original Rmeaning of Itihasa had a more precise implication than the word History. The etymology by Panini indicates that 'itihasa' means 'thus indeed, in this tradition'. The ancient literature of Chanakyas's Arthashastra gives one of the earliest references of Itihasa.
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