It can be said without reservation that Tulsidas is the greatest to write in the Hindi language. Tulsidas was a Brahmin by birth and was believed to be a reincarnation of the author of the Sanskrit Ramayana, Valmiki.
Ramacharitamanasa, the poet's magnum opus is an epic. Kavitavali (in spite of gaps here and there), Janaki Mangala , and Parvati Mangala , as also the other two smaller poems Barve Ramayana and Ramalala Nahchhoo are narrative.
The Puranas are of the same class as the Itihasas (the Ramayana , Mahabharata , etc.). They have five characteristics (Pancha Lakshana), viz., history , cosmology (with various symbolical illustrations of philosophical principles), secondary creation , genealogy of kings , and of Manvantaras (the period of Manu ’s rule consisting of 71 celestial Yugas or 308,448,000 years). All the Puranas belong to the class of Suhrit-Sammitas , or the Friendly Treatises, while the Vedas are called the Prabhu-Sammitas or the Commanding Treatises with great authority.
Jain myths and legends incorporate the names of Hindu rishis and deities, and Jainism has its own version of Ramayana and Mahabharata.