Hinduism is formed of multiple traditions and does not have a founder. Originally, Hindu was a secular term which was used to describe all inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent (or Hindustan) irrespective of their religious affiliation. An important part of Hinduism is the "Vedic religion". It is also called the oldest living religion. A large body of texts is classified as Hindu which includes discussions on theology, philosophy and mythology, and information on the practice of dharma (religious living).
The Hitopadesa is a work of high antiquity, and extended popularity. The prose is doubtless as old as our own era; but the intercalated verses and proverbs compose a selection from writings of an age extremely remote.
new! The Harsha-charita
The Harsha-charita of Banabhatta, trans. by E. B. Cowell and F. W Thomas, 1897
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
new! The Vishnu Purana
The Vishnu Purana is a primary sacred text of the Vaishnava branch of Hinduism, which today probably has more adherents than any other. It is one of the canonical Puranas, a branch of post-Vedic sacred literature which was first c...