Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, as well as the world's oldest religion. It is believed that Hinduism dates back to 5000-10,000 BC. So, it is no wonder that many of the myths, beliefs, and mythologies surrounding the religion are just as old. It is India's major religion.
Hinduism is the oldest religion in the World. The earliest document on Hinduism date back to 5,500 BCE. Only Christianity and Islam has more followers than Hinduism, which makes it the third-largest religion in the world.
In Hinduism, it is believed that God is one, who can take any form or Avatars according to the situation and in the favour of mankind, be it, God or Goddess, even though other major religions are monotheistic.
Most religions and belief systems in the world have a founder, such as Jesus for Christianity, Muhammad for Islam, and Buddha for Buddhism. But no one knows who started Hinduism or the exact timeline for when it was originated. There is no founder of Hindu religion.
Om is considered to be the subtle sound of the universe and can be heard in deep meditation. Om, is the most sacred syllable, symbol or mantra in Hinduism. It is thought to be the sound of the Universe or Brahman as sound. It is also used in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
Most of the Hindus might not know it, but yes, it is true, "Hinduism" is not the real word for the religion. That was made up by Greeks and Arabs to those living by the Sindhu river. Its actual name is Santana Dharma, which means the Eternal way of Salvation.
Have you ever wondered why Holy water of Ganga can be stored for so long? It is because the holy river Ganga has her own Bodyguard, its bacteria called Bacteriophage. It infects and kills other harmful bacteria invading the river. Ganga is the only river in the world that decomposes organic wastes at a rate of 15 to 20 times faster than any other river in the entire world. Incredible, Isn't it?
The Mahabharata, used to teach the principles of Hinduism, is 1.8 million words long and is the longest poem in the world.
The original meaning of Yoga was "Union with God" but in recent years, it has moved closer to Western society. Lord Shiva is said to be the lord of Yoga often mentioned as Adi Yogi or the First teacher as he is the first person to describe the secret of yoga to the Sapta Rishis or the seven saints.
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