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The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic poem, one of two such works considered sacred scripture in Hinduism, the other being the Ramayana. The narrative of the Mahabharata covers the power struggle between the Pandavas and their cousins, the Kauravas, for control of the throne of Hastinapura. A second prominent theme of the text is the moral guidance of philosophical enquiry and devotional practice that is explored through the Pandavas' victory over the Kauravas. One chapter of the Mahabharata is the Bhagavad Gita, a philosophical discussion between the Pandava Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna, avatar of Lord Vishnu that summarizes the full spirit of the Hindu tradition. Much of the text of the Mahabharata was compiled by the fourth century BCE, though it did not reach its present form until the fourth century CE.