Variations in Hindu history or sacred texts in different parts of India

Nov 2012
Are there regional variations in Hindu religious texts in different parts of India. I dont mean different books such as Khamban Ramayan with Tulsidas one.
What I mean is there a difference for example a different version of Valmiki Ramayan or a particular Upanishad or Purana or Mahabharata (of Ved Vyas) which claims to be original and is different from another original claimant in another part of India.

I find it heard to believe that Vedas, epics, Upanishads even could not get lost in travel across such a vast distance especially when they were being preserved orally in the initial stages. I want someone to explain this to me how it all worked.

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