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A Brief Introduction to Hinduism

It's fast and easy... Yes, Please make this my home page! Don't show this to me again. Table of Contents: Introduction Disclaimer National Anthem Chapter 1. Hindu mythology. Hindu mythology is a large body of traditional narratives related to Hinduism as contained in Sanskrit literature (such as the epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana, the Puranas, and the Vedas), Ancient Tamil literature (such as the Sangam literature and Periya Puranam), several other works, most notably the Bhagavata Purana, claiming the status of a Fifth Veda and other religious regional literature of South Asia.

Hindu mythology

As such, it is a subset of Indian and Nepali culture. Rather than one consistent, monolithic structure, it is a range of diverse traditions, developed by different sects, people and philosophical schools, in different regions and at different times, which are not necessarily held by all Hindus to be literal accounts of historical events, but are taken to have deeper, often symbolic, meaning, and which have been given a complex range of interpretations.[1] Sources[edit] Vedas[edit] Itihasa and Puranas[edit] History of Hinduism. Hinduism (Sanskrit सिन्धु "Sindhu" (Indus River) + ism) is a term for a wide variety of related religious traditions native to India.

History of Hinduism

Historically, it encompasses the development of Religion in India since the Iron Age traditions, which in turn hark back to prehistoric religions such as that of the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation followed by the Iron Age Historical Vedic religion. The period between 800 BCE and 200 BCE is "a turning point between the Vedic religion and Hindu religions", and a formative period for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The Epic and Early Puranic period, from c. 200 BCE to 500 CE, saw the classical "Golden Age" of Hinduism, which coincides with the Gupta Empire.

In this period the six branches of Hindu philosophy evolved, namely Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa, and Vedanta. Monotheistic sects like Shaivism and Vaishnavism developed during this same period through the Bhakti movement. Periodisation[edit] Prevedic religions[edit] Sanskritization[edit] Hinduism. Hinduism & Sanatana Dharma. Hindusim means Sanatana Dharma.

Hinduism & Sanatana Dharma

Hinduism was coined by outsiders, and it means who do not practice Islam, Zohrastrian, Christianity or Judaism, and practised by the people who live in geographical region of Hindu {land between Himkhand (Himalaya) and Indu Samudra (Indian Ocean) - MahaShivpurana, Rudrasamhita-Yuddhakhanda}. Is it a religion or a way of life? I believe it is both. It is based on “Puranik” scriptures of Vedic culture. Veda is science. There are many misconceptions about Hinduism. People in ancient Bhaaratvarsha used to follow Sanatana Dharma. Hindu Culture1. "Some foolish men declare that a Creator made the world.

Hindu Culture1

The doctrine that the world was created is ill-advised, and should be rejected. If God created the world, where was he before creation?... How could God have made the world without any raw material? ‪Prof. Mridu Rai: Caste system in India‬‏ Yuga. Yuga (Devanāgari: युग) in Hindu philosophy is the name of an epoch or era within a four age cycle.

Yuga

According to Hindu cosmology, life in the universe is created and destroyed once every 4.1 to 8.2 billion years,[1][2] which is one full day (day and night) for Brahma. 33 Devas. May Varuna with guidance straight, And Mitra the One-who-knows, And Aryaman in accord with Aditya, Guide us forth, like the wind that blows,As with their Might Evermore They guard the Sacred Laws, Shelter may they vouchsafe to us, Immortal Gods to mortal men..

33 Devas

Hindu mystics knew from their experience, that verbal descriptions of the Supreme Reality can be Incomplete and hence resorted to Mythology to convey the feeling of their communion with God. Vedic Seers composed hymns eulogizing the sentient beings guarding all Natural and Supernatural phenomena and called them Devas that stems from the Sanskrit root 'Div' meaning the 'Shining One'. Hindu Deities - All About the Goddesses. Hinduism as a religion is called as `apauruseya` which means of impersonal origin.

Hindu Deities - All About the Goddesses

Hindu Gods are also known as such, they are eternal deities appearing to be sovereign and different, but in reality are aspects of the same ‘Supreme God’. A Hindu deity (god or goddess; note small g) represents a particular aspect of the Supreme Being. Hiranyaksha. The boar avatar Varaha, the third incarnation of Viṣṇu, stands in front of the decapitated body of the demon Hiranyaksha In Hinduism, Hiranyaksha (Sanskrit: हिरण्‍याक्ष) [golden-eyed] was an Asura of pre-ancient India and the son of Diti and Kashyap.

Hiranyaksha

He was slain by the god Vishnu after he (Hiranyaksha) took the Earth to the bottom of what has been described as the "Cosmic ocean". Vishnu assumed the Avatar of a boar - Varaha and dove into the ocean to lift the Earth, in the process slaying Hiranyaksha who was obstructing Him. The battle lasted one thousand years. He had an elder brother named Hiranyakashipu, who after having undertaken penances which made him incredibly powerful and invincible unless several conditions were met, was later slain by Narasimha, another avatar of Vishnu. Kalki. In Hinduism, Kalki (Devanagari: कल्कि; meaning 'Eternity,' 'White Horse,' or 'Destroyer of Filth') is the final incarnation of Vishnu in the current Mahayuga, foretold to appear at the end of Kali Yuga, the current epoch.

Kalki

Religious texts called the Puranas foretell that Kalki will be atop a white horse with a drawn blazing sword. He is the harbinger of the end time in Hindu eschatology, after which he will usher in Satya Yuga. In Buddhist Kalachakra tradition, 25 rulers of the Shambhala Kingdom held the title of Kalki, Kulika or Kalki-king.[3] During Vaishakha, the first fortnight in Shukla Paksha is dedicated to fifteen deities, with each day for a different god. In this tradition, the twelfth day is Vaishakha Dwadashi and is dedicated to Madhava, another name for Kalki. Maha Avatara[edit] There are numerous interpretations of Vedic tradition. Panchayatana puja. A Ganesha-centric Panchayatana: Ganesha (centre) with Shiva (top left), Devi or Durga (top right), Vishnu (bottom left) and Surya (bottom right). Smartas[edit] Philosophically, all are seen by Smartas as equal reflections of the one Saguna Brahman, (i.e., a personal God with form) rather than as distinct beings.

This arrangement is also represented in Smarta temples, with one in a central sanctum, and the others installed in smaller shrines.[1] Udasi[edit] Shakti. The goddess Manasa in a dense jungle landscape with a cobra and a swan. Shakti (Sanskrit pronunciation: [ˈʃʌktɪ]) (Devanagari: शक्ति; from Sanskrit shak, "to be able"), meaning "Power" or "empowerment," is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism.[1] Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as 'The Great Divine Mother' in Hinduism. On the earthly plane, shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form.[2] Not only is Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change.

Shiva Lingam - Meaning and the myths. The Sanskrit word ‘ Lingam’ means symbol. Thus the literal meaning of Shiva Lingam is the symbol of Shiva. The Supreme Shiva doesn’t have a form and every form is his form. Varaha. Venkateswara. Hindu Contribution to Mathematics & Science - Archna Sahni. An Introduction to Hinduism - Gavin D. Flood. Hinduism: Past and Present - Axel Michaels. The Hindu Temple - Stella Kramrisch. The Hindu Temple: Deification of Eroticism - Alain Daniélou. Hindu Gods and Goddesses - W. J. Wilkins. The Diamond Book of Hindu Gods and Goddesses - Suresh Narain Mathur, B. K. Chaturvedi. Hindu Castes and Sects: An Exposition of the Origin of the Hindu Caste ... - Jogendra Nath Bhattacharya.