Indian literature refers to the literature produced on the Indian subcontinent until 1947 and in the Republic of India thereafter.The Republic of India has 22 officially recognized languages.The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu. The name "Hindusta"’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.India is home to one of the world's oldest religions, Hinduism.The earliest works of Indian literature were orally transmitted.Sanskrit literature begins with the oral literature of the Rig Veda a collection of sacred hymns dating to the period 1500–1200 BCE.These writings bear similarities to Oriya and Bengali languages as well.
Classical Sanskrit literature developed rapidly during the first few centuries of the first millennium BCE, Later, literature in Marathi, Odia and Bengali appeared.
It also has a Muslim population estimated at more than 140 million and significant Christian and Sikh minorities.
A growing trend is for people to go online to get their daily dose of religion.
Later Pali literature however was mostly produced outside of the mainland Indian subcontinent, particularly in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
Pali literature includes Buddhist philosophical works, poetry and some grammatical works.
Other examples of works written in Classical Sanskrit include the Pāṇini's Ashtadhyayi which standardized the grammar and phonetics of Classical Sanskrit.