Itihasa means legend, and it tells about the details of the ancient sages, kings and the deities. Ramayana and Mahabharata are mainly considered as Itihasas. Teachings and life history of the holy sages are also mentioned in that. The Ramayana tells us the story of Rama and about its greatness, whereas the Mahabharata tells us about the Pandavas and the Kauravas and also about the wonderful miracles performed by Lord Krishna, and about his divine teachings, the holy Bhagavat Gita.
Sage Vyasa was one among the characters of the Mahabharata and he has written the Mahabharata, Vedas and the Puranas. Lot of divine details are known to us only through the hard work rendered by Sri Vyasa, for the sake of the human beings in the world. Through Valmiki, we are able to study the holy Ramayana, and he is also participating in the Ramayana. Through the works of Vyasa and Valmiki, we are able to know about the details of the almighty in a clear manner, and also we are able to live our life as per their teachings.
Srimad Bhagavatham tells us about the life history of Lord Krishna, and it also covers lot of divine stories. It is believed that those who regularly read the divine texts like Bhagavatham, Ramayana and Mahabharata, with full of devotion in their mind, would be relieved from their sins, and would attain the abode of Lord Narayana, after their death.
Even in this today’s world, some people used to read the divine texts, in order to get a speedy recovery from their diseases, and also it acts as a medicine for those who suffer from severe mental depression, mental uneasiness and mental instability. In ancient times, parents used to tell Itihasa stories to their children, in order to cultivate the bhakti spirit in their minds, and also to motivate them to read the itihasa stories in their future.
Nowadays due to technological advancement, lot of itihasa stories are available in the YouTube Channel. Based on our Karmic deeds, daily we are suffering a lot in our life. If we suffer from doshams like Brahmahathi dosham (Brahma Hatya Dosham), we have to suffer a lot in our life, like lack of concentration, disinterest in studies, unwillingness to work in the offices, poor health and frequent quarrels with our family members etc. By reading the divine texts like Ramayana and Bhagavatha, we would get the full grace of the almighty, and in course of time, we can get rid from the problems of the Doshams.
People can effectively utilize their time by reading these noble stories, and they can also share it to others. By reading the divine stories, we would get a great spiritual pleasure in our mind and body, and we would be filled up with full of spiritual thoughts in our mind.