The Ramayana is attributed to Valmiki, a sage greatly venerated by the Hindus. Historians believed to have been composed in 1500 B.C., much later than the Mahabharata. Ramayana consists of 24,000 couplets and hence smaller in size than the Mahabharata. Ramayana is also considered a Dharm Granth, i.e. a religious book owing to its story of Rama who is venerated by the Hindus as a deity of God. The life story of Rama has been structured into seven chapters or divisions in the Ramayana, namely Balkand, Ayodhya Kand, Aranya Kand, Kishkindha Kand, Sundar Kand, Lanka Kand and Uttar Kand. Ramayana is also named Chaturvinshati Sahastri Sanhita.