Beliefs of Hinduism

1. Truth is eternal- Hindus pursue knowledge and understanding of the Truth

2. Individual Souls are Immortal- Hindus believes that the individual soul (atman) is neither created or destroyed; it has been, it is, and it will be

3. The goal of the individual soul is Moksha- Moksha is liberation: the soul's release from the cycle of death and rebirth. It occurs when the soul unites with Brahman by realizing its true nature

Brief History

Hinduism is a religion that came from the Indian subcontinent. It is the oldest practiced religion in the world and has the largest following after Christianity and Islam. It has over a billion practicing followers. The term Hinduism came from the word 'Hindu', which is a Persian distortion of 'Sindhu' the ancient name for the River Indus running through northern India. The Central figure is Brahma, a new god, and by the 1st century BC emerges as the central and senior figure in the Hindu trinity. The religious texts are The Vedas. The Vedas or "Book of Knowledge" are the foremost scared texts in Hinduism. These books are written from 1200 BCE to 100 CE.

Location and Movement

1.Where it began?- It began in India

2.Where can it be found now?- It can be found in Indian subcontinent, South Asia, Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad, Bali and many more

3.Why has it moved?- Hinduism has very direct routes throughout the world. Mainly due to Migration. Hinduism has primarily stayed within the Indians and wasn't spread like larger religions


One holiday is HOLI. Holi is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates spring, commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general marrymaking. Holi is probably the least religious of Hindu holidays.

Place of worship

There place of worship is a Murti. A murti is a sacred statue of God, a god or goddesses.

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What does this religion look like in Austin?

Austin, Texas has fairly large Hindu population, drawing more than 8,000 devotees to it's religious festival each year. Austin has several Hindu temples, including Barsana Dham, which is one of the most largest and ornate Hindu temples in the U.S.

How many places of worship? Where?

Hindus commonly conduct pujas (the act of worship) in shrines in three different environments: in temples, in the home, and in outdoor public spaces. It is equally common for any of the deities to be worshiped in any of these three types of shrines.

Something Interesting

Hinduism strongly encourages a vegetarian diet- something that many Hindus follow. However, many practitioners in India simply omit beef and pork from their diet and follow vegetarian guidelines on auspicious days.

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