The History of Hinduism

The practitioners of Hinduism are of the belief that Hindu religion has been existing forever and it has no beginning or end. Historians claim that Hindu religion dates back to more than 5000 years. The doctrine says that the original practitioners of that religion were living on shores of the River Indus.

At that time, the river Indus was named Sindhu. When the Persians migrated to this river’s side, they began calling it Hindu and this is where the religion got its name. The practitioners of the faith were called Hindus and the religion came to be known as Hinduism. This discourse is known as Aryan Theory in popular parlance.

When did Hinduism really begin?

A different discourse on history of Hinduism argues that this religion began near 2000 BC. The creators of the religion were Aryans who had settled on the shores of Indus River and the Indus Valley region. However this theory has been proved wrong and is now known to be a myth.

The progression of the religion can be broken into three phases – the ancient age which was from 6500 BC to 1000 AD, the medieval era which was from 1000 AD to 1800 AD and the modern period which began in 1800 AD and continues till date.

Hinduism – the hidden religion?

Curiously, the origin of Hindu religion is not mentioned in any of the sacred books. In fact, most of the preachings talk about how to live in the present without dwelling on the past. The religion concentrates on the proper way of living a life and does not allege to have any starting or ending to it.

Though the modern world demands to comprehend the origin of Hindu religion, the practitioners of the religion do not feel the pressure to research its history. They have trust in the values of living a virtuous life and sticking to the teachings of Hinduism to live their lives in a way which leads them to Moksha.

The History of Hinduism by Bahubali Mehta. About the Author: To find out more about Hindu festivals or Brahma, visit Prabhubhakti.

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