Hinduism is a religion, practiced mainly in India and South Asia. It is believed to be the third-largest religion in the world with nearly a billion followers throughout the world. Hinduism originated in the Indian subcontinent. In the region around the Indus valley in today’s Pakistan The Hindu name comes from the word Indus, it is thought to be the oldest religion in the world.
Some quick facts
Hinduism has no one single founder. The Hindu religion is made up of from different cultural, religious faiths and beliefs?
Hindus believe in one supreme God Brahman, that can be worshipped through many divine forms in the Hindu Trimurti or triumvirate. Amongst other forms of the one supreme God, there are the three very important representations, they are Brahma, the creator God of the universe, he has four faces.
Vishnu: the second God in the Trimurti, Is the preserver God, who is the preserver, protector and who transforms the universe.
Shiva: is the third God in the Trimurti, Shiva is the destroyer God, who destroys evil from the world.
Hindus believe in karma, that life, birth, rebirth, and death is governed by Karma
They also believe in the law of karma, good will be rewarded and bad will be punished, the good actions will be rewarded and the bad actions will result in Pain and suffering.
Hindus believe in reincarnation or samsara, which is a continuous cycle of the soul, that is eternal and reborn to a new physical form, which can be human, animal, or can be reborn as a divine form.
Hindus can worship at home or at a Hindu temple, at home a special room with a shrine is used for worship, that may be devoted to a certain God.
Hindus are mainly lacto-vegetarians, they eat plant-based food and dairy products, whilst some Hindus do eat meat as it’s not prohibited. Many Hindus will avoid eating meat as its seen as a compassion towards the animals. They also avoid eating beef or cows meat especially, as the cow is a highly respected and a revered animal, some Hindus worship the cow and the status of a cow is thought to be of a Goddess as it provides precious milk.
The Vedas. There are four Vedas, the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. The Vedas are the primary texts of Hinduism. Veda means knowledge.’
Ramayana, The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic about Rama and Sita
The Mahabharata is an ancient epic centered around two divisions of a family – the Pandavas and Kauravas, which also includes the Bhagavad Gita
The Puranas, sacred Hindu religious texts, and stories. There are 18 Puranas, divided into three groups of six.