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Founded: between 2300 BCE and 1500 BCE


Origin: Indus Valley, Ancient India


Sacred Texts: The Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and many others


Followers: Hindus


Current Population: 1.15 billion


Introduction to Hinduism

What Is The History of Hinduism?

Hinduism in a Nutshell

Books in the Library

Hindu Deities

Holy Trinity


Brahma: Creator god with four faces


Vishnu: Preserves and protects the universe


Shiva: Destroyer god

Other Important Deities


Ganesha: Remover of obstacles, god of new beginnings, success and wisdom 


Kali: Goddess of time, creation, destruction and power


Krishna: God of compassion, tenderness and love


Lakshmi: Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity


Saraswati: Goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom and learning

Important Concepts

Atman: inner self or soul; the spiritual life principle of the universe, especially when regarded as inherent in the real self of the individual.


Dharma: The eternal and inherent nature of reality, regarded in Hinduism as a cosmic law underlying right behavior and social order.


Karma: Universal law of cause and effect.


Moksha: Release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma.


Samsara: Continuous cycle of birth, death, and rebirth (reincarnation).