Make your own free website on
Discover India
Indian Religions
Indian History
Famous People
India Today

Hindu Dharma

What is Hinduism?
Hinduism is the world's oldest religion. It preceeds recorded history, it is also one of the most complex religions to understand.
Unlike all the other religions, Hinduism has NO ONE FOUNDER. The term of Hinduism was made by the Turks to describe the people on the other side of the Indus River.
So Hinduism is a mixture of many faiths, and though there are some central beliefs (see below), a Hindu can be very religious or completely non-religious. Hinduism is more of a philosophy, a way of life more than anything else.
How many Gods are there in Hinduism?
Millions - estimated to be about thirty millions, though the number could proceed this by a huge amount.
The point is that Hinduism is not like the Classical Greek or Egyptian religions, as in, Hindu's believe that the many Gods are infact different forms of the Supreme Being.
The different forms may be seen to be like emotions, or like different jobs.
The supreme being primarily splits up into The Hindu Trinity: Brahma, the God of creation; Vishnu, the God of Presevation; Shiva, the God of destruction.
Very few people worship Brahma, most Hindus tend to worship either Vishnu or Shiva - depending on which state or part of India you come from.
Who are the main Gods?
General Facts about Hinduism
  • Hinduism is the world's third-largest religion, after Christianity and Islam.
  • Today there are about 650 million Hindus worldwide.
  • The majority of Hindus live in India, where the religion was born.
  • One in every seven people in the world is a Hindu living in India.
  • There are also significant Hindu populations in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, and smaller groups in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Fiji, Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States.
  • About three-quarters of a million Hindus live and work in the United States.While Hindus in each region have altered their religion to suit the needs of the surrounding culture, all Hindus share a common set of traditions.
  • Hinduism was not founded by one individual. Rather, it is a fusion of many religious beliefs and philosophical schools. Accordingly, Hinduism is said to be a religion of a million and one gods.
  • Map of Hindu World

    Areas of significant Hindu populations.


    for the General Facts about Hinduism section.