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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, as well as moral guidance and philosophical and devotional writings over the course of the Pandavas' victory over the Kauravas. The Mahabharata most famously contains within it the Bhagavad Gita, a philosophical discussion between the Pandava Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna that is said to summarize the full spirit of the Hindu tradition. Much of the text of the Mahabharata was compiled by the 4th century BCE, though it did not reach its present form until the 4th century CE.