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“Nobody knows when Hinduism was born” – Karnataka Home Minister

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"Nobody knows when Hinduism was born" - Karnataka Home Minister

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara sparked a raging controversy when he said, “Nobody knows when the Hindu religion was born and who gave birth to it.”

“There is still a question mark as to when Hindu religion was founded, who gave birth to Hinduism? The question mark is still there and the answer is not found. Jainism and Buddhism were found in India, and Islam, and Christianity came from outside,” Parmeshwara added.

This is far from the truth, as Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, dating back over 5,000 years. It is the dominant religion in India, where it is practised by over 80% of the population. Hinduism is also practised in other parts of the world, including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Mauritius.


The roots of Hinduism can be traced to the Indus Valley Civilization, which thrived in the Indian subcontinent between 2500 and 1500 BCE. The remnants of this civilization contain symbols and artefacts that suggest the presence of early religious practices.

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Many religious cultures, that spoke many languages and held many different concepts about the nature of the Divine, have contributed to its development and evolution. Within Hinduism, there is a vast array of practices and beliefs. What has come to be called the Hindu faith, tradition, or religion is the result of a rich blend of human civilization, including many different practices and expressions of religious life.

Defining Hinduism is challenging considering the fact that at least three other religions—Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism—have their roots in Hinduism both historically and conceptually.

There was a time when the term Hindu was used to identify people with a geographical and cultural connection to South Asia or who were indigenous to that region. It was only later that it became a religious identifier. By the 16th century, the term began being used to refer to the people who resided in the subcontinent who were not Turkic or Muslim. It is thought that, at that time, the term may have simply indicated groups that shared certain cultural practices such as the cremation of the dead and their styles of cuisine.

Hinduism has a long history behind it. Hinduism cannot be traced to a single founder, single scripture, or commonly agreed-upon set of teachings. There have been many important figures who have written many holy books and contributed their teachings and philosophies. Therefore, some writers think of Hinduism as being a way of life or a family of religions rather than a single religion.

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A more appropriate and correct term to describe this belief system will be Sanatan Dharma. Sanatan means eternal, ever-present, universal, and unceasing; Dharma is harmony, compassion, truth, or natural law. Sanatan Dharma means eternal path, never beginning or ending. Sanatan Dharma places spiritual experiences above religious issues and cultural practices.

Diverse beliefs and practices

Hinduism is a very diverse religion, with a wide variety of beliefs and practices. There is no single founder of Hinduism, and its history is complex and multifaceted. However, there are some common themes that run through Hinduism, such as the belief in karma, reincarnation, and moksha.

Karma is the law of cause and effect. It is the belief that our actions in this life will determine our future lives. Reincarnation is the belief that the soul is reborn after death. Moksha is the ultimate goal of Hinduism, and it is the state of liberation from the cycle of reincarnation.

Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, and it recognizes a vast number of gods and goddesses. However, there is no one supreme god in Hinduism. The gods and goddesses represent different aspects of the divine, and they are all seen as manifestations of the same ultimate reality.

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Hinduism is a very tolerant religion, and it allows for a great deal of individual freedom. There is no one set of beliefs or practices that all Hindus must follow. Each individual is free to find their own path to moksha.

Hinduism is a rich and complex religion, and it has had a profound impact on the culture and history of India.

Key beliefs of Hinduism:

Karma: Karma is the law of cause and effect. It is the belief that our actions in this life will determine our future lives. Good actions will lead to good results, and bad actions will lead to bad results.

Reincarnation: Reincarnation is the belief that the soul is reborn after death. The soul may be reborn as a human, an animal, or even a plant. The goal of reincarnation is to eventually achieve moksha, or liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Moksha: Moksha is the ultimate goal of Hinduism. It is the state of liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. Moksha is achieved through a variety of means, such as meditation, yoga, and selfless service.

Ahimsa: Ahimsa is the principle of non-violence. It is the belief that all life is sacred and that we should not harm any living being.

Divine reality: Hindus believe in a divine reality that is the source of all creation. This divine reality is often referred to as Brahman.

Many paths to moksha: Hindus believe that there are many paths to moksha. There is no one right way to achieve liberation.

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Important practices in Hinduism:

Puja: Puja is a form of worship that involves offering prayers, flowers, and other offerings to the gods and goddesses.

Meditation: Meditation is a practice that helps to calm the mind and focus attention. It is a way to achieve inner peace and spiritual enlightenment.

Yoga: Yoga is a system of physical and mental exercises that is designed to promote physical and spiritual well-being.

Ramayana: The Ramayana is an epic poem that tells the story of Rama, a prince who is exiled from his kingdom and must fight to win back his throne.

Mahabharata: The Mahabharata is an epic poem that tells the story of a great war between two families.

Gita: The Gita is a part of the Mahabharata and is one of the most important texts in Hinduism. It is a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, a warrior who is about to fight in the war.

To sum up, Hinduism is a way of life, and it encompasses a wide range of beliefs and practices. It is constantly evolving and continues to attract new followers from all over the world.

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