Being the third largest followed religion of the world, after Christianity and Islam, Hinduism is certainly a unique way of life. There are many things about this religion that you may not be aware of. Here are some of the astonishing facts about Hinduism.
The real name of Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma. Some call it Vedic Dharma. The word Sanatana Dharma can be deciphered to Eternal Dharma or Eternal Truth. “Hinduism”, derived from a Sanskrit word that means “dwellers by the Indus River”, is the oldest known religion in the world and goes back as far as 5,000-10,000 B.C.Hinduism has no founder. Unlike other religions, Hinduism has no father. There is no single founding incident or governing body of Hinduism. It grew out of cultural and religious changes. There were saints and priests who took a step forward to promote this religion.
Hinduism actually believes in only one god, but in many forms. The Hindu belief is that gods or divinities can take many forms, but all form one universal spirit called Brahman. The three most important representations of Brahman are Brahma, the creator of the universe, Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, and Shiva, the destroyer of the universe. People are free to choose which form they want to follow.
Idol worship is not necessary. Hinduism never binds you to pray only to the sculptures of gods. Not all Hindus worship idols. Some believe that there is no shape or size of God. Nor can you define him. God can be seen in everything, you can choose anything of your interest from nature. People worship animals, plants, stones, stars, earth, etc. Some also worship Sakar and Nirakaar.
The only religion of the World which promotes Feminism. This is one of the strongest facts of this religion. Both male and female deities are worshipped with equal reverence in Hinduism. The Brahman gave equal powers and rights to the male and female gods and has perfectly complementary female counterparts to almost all of their male Gods.
People also worship bleeding Devi in Hinduism. Menstrual discussions are considered taboo in the Indian society, but it is not the same case in Hinduism. People worship the bleeding Devi of Kamakhya Temple. It is considered that a woman is in her pure state during periods and should be worshipped.
The art of flexible Religion. There are no hard and fast rules in Hinduism. One is all free to accept anything without any limitations. There are no constraints on considering other religions too, as it is believed that there is only one god and we worship it in different forms.
There is no single book of doctrine, but many. The motive of Hinduism revolves around the fact that a person should listen to the Vedas. The Vedas are the primary literary works, containing sacred verses and hymns composed in Sanskrit and took on their current form around 1500 BC. The Rig Veda was the first of the four Vedas. The Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda followed later. Two other important texts are the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. However, some saints wrote Vedas after few years of the discovery of Hinduism.
Theists and Atheists share the same land in Hinduism. A person can be an atheist and there is nothing wrong with it. The motive is to spread positivity whether by considering the existence of the god or by analyzing different concepts.
No caste system in Hinduism. The biggest falsehoods all Indians are being told by their elders right from the moment they are born is that caste is decided by birth. According to the Bhagavad Gita, the nature of your thoughts decides the caste which you belong to. The concept of castes was created by people who wanted to diversify the religion by introducing a new factor.
Wealth is not considered as a sin. It is one of the few religions that do not consider the pursuit of wealth as a sin and provokes people to live in the real world. In fact, wealth is celebrated in the form of many gods such as Lakshmi, Kubera and Vishnu. This religion promotes money, sex and basic needs of a normal human. People worship Mata Laxmi for money, Mata Santoshi for peace and Mata Rati for sex.
It is said that when people search after truth, they automatically end up in Hinduism. It’s is a man’s everlasting search after truth.