Goal of life: To attain self-realization.
There has been no known founder of Hinduism, Hinduism derives its practices form ancient sages to today’s saints, there has been a tradition of sages and saints from thousands of years, at least for last 10,000 years
Hinduism is the oldest religion among the existing larger religions
Hindus worship many gods; Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Durga, Kali are among the most worshiped forms of god
Hinduism is the world’s 3rd largest religion with more than 900,000,000 followers
108 is a sacred number in Hinduism and it is considered auspicious
Countries where most of the Hindu population is concentrated are India, Nepal, Bangladesh,Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan
God is considered both male and female, or as the one who has no sex or both.
Scriptures are divided into Shrutis (those which were heard by sages in deep meditation) and smritis (those which were recorded or memorized)
Vedas are the known ancient Hindu scriptures. Other famous scriptures are Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Agamas, puranas.
Ramayana and Mahabharata are considered as the documentation of the history of India during the times of Rama and Krishna respectively.
Bhagavad Gita is considered by most as the holy book of Hindus. however it is not considered as the only book.
The Vedas were preserved for over 5,000 years without the use of printing. This was done by memorization!
Dharma, Karma and Reincarnation are the most discussed among hindu topics
There are three foremost deities: Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, who are considered the parts of one and only god (parabrahman) responsible for the creation, preservation and destruction of the worlds. three letters of the word ‘OOM’ are considered to represent them.
Temples are the places where hindus worship the deities, many people have altars/ rooms in their houses for worship.
The Kumbhamela, a spiritual gathering of all types every 3 years, is the largest gathering of human beings in the world.
Rama and Krishna are the most celebrated historic persons who are well known for their adherence to dharma even at difficult times.
The word OOM is the main symbol of Hinduism
Sanskrit is the mother language of all indian languages. Most of the scriptures of hinduism are in Sanskrit
Mahabharatha the most revered book of India is 10 times larger than Iliad and Odyssey combined together