Fast Facts on Hinduism
Hindu statistics, history, beliefs and practices at a glance.
Hinduism; Hindu; hindoeïsme; hinduismo; Hindoo; sanatama dharma
Persian hindu, Sanskrit sindhu, literally "river," meaning "of the Indus Valley" or "Indian." First used by British writers in the 19th century.
Indigenous religion of India as developed to present day. Earliest forms (Vedic religion) date to 1500 BCE or earlier; major developments 1st-9th centuries CE.
One Supreme Reality (Brahman) manifested in many gods and goddesses. Reincarnation based on karma.
Yoga, meditation, worship (puja), devotion to a god or goddess, pilgrimage to holy cities, live according to one's dharma (purpose/ role).
Holi, Diwali, Mahashivaratri
Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, etc.
lotus, swastika, trisula, om
|Title||Fast Facts on Hinduism|
|Published||March 17, 2004|
|Updated||November 20, 2016|
|MLA Citation||“Fast Facts on Hinduism.” ReligionFacts.com. 20 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 24 Jan. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/|