25 Facts about Hinduism you have never known before

There are over 1 billion Hindus around the world. Most are concentrated in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India. Since India seems like it’s a world away, there are some misunderstandings about the religion. For instance, Hinduism is not technically a religion. And did you know Hindus don’t believe in millions of gods?

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Here are 25 facts about Hinduism you may have never known before

  • Hinduism is the world’s oldest known religion, with its roots going back to 10,000 years and Hindu literature dating back to 7000 BC.
  • Hinduism is the 3rd largest religion in the world, after Christianity and Islam of which 90% live in India.
  • There is no known founder or governing body of Hinduism.
  • Yoga, Pranayama, astrology, numerology, palmistry, and Vastu are all parts of Hindu culture and lifestyle.
  • Time is separated into four yugas. At the end of the fourth yuga, all humans will die in an apocalypse, and a new era will come about. Each yuga lasts thousands of years, with one cycle lasting 4.32 billion years. Right now, we’re living in the second half of the final yuga. But don’t worry, the apocalypse won’t come for another 300 years.
  • The largest Hindu temple in the world is surprisingly not in India but is in Angkor, Cambodia.
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  • Hinduism believes in a circular rather than a linear concept of time. Time is divided into four ages – the Satya Yuga (the golden age of innocence), Tretha Yuga, Dwapara Yuga and Kali-yuga.
  • “Hinduism” is not the real word for the religion. That was made up by Greeks and Arabs to those living by the Sindhu river. The real name for Hinduism is Sanātana Dharma. This means “eternal dharma”, or eternal truth.
  • Dharma (righteousness), Artha (means of money), Kama (right desire), and Moksha (salvation), make up the 4 main life-goals of Hinduism.
  • Nepal was formed by a Hindu saint called Ne Muni.
  • Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world, the ”mother of all languages”. Every Hindu book is written in Sanskrit, and it is said that Sanskrit is the language of the demi-gods.
  • Ayurveda, the plant-based medical treatment practice has its roots in Hinduism.
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  • The Rig Veda was written more than 3800 years ago, making Hinduism one of, if not the oldest religion in the world.
  • The Vedas were preserved for over 5,000 years without the use of printing. This was done by memorization!
  • The Kumbha Mela, a spiritual gathering of all types every 3 years, is the largest gathering of human beings in the world.
  • The world’s richest religious structure is in India, the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala holds properties including most precious jewelry worth around US$ 22.3 billion.\
  • There are 108,000 recognized temples in India.
  • Bodhidharma, a Hindu prince belonging to the Pallava dynasty renounced his kingly pleasures in search of inner spirituality and introduced martial arts to China.
  • Buddhism has its roots in Hinduism, it originated first in India and later spread across Asia.
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  • 108 is a sacred number in Hinduism and it is considered auspicious. This is why malas and garlands have 108 beads. 108 is actually the ratio of the sun and the moon’s distance from the Earth.
  • Garuda panchacila (Garuda and the 5 principles) is the national emblem of Indonesia, Garuda being the holy bird from Hinduism. Indonesian national airlines are also named after lord garuda as “Garuda airlines”.
  • The worlds tallest Subramanya Swamy statue is in Malaysia.
  • Hinduism also formed the basis for modern science with the advent of the decimal system, zero and point system.
  • Kamasutra, an ancient Hindu literature written by Vatsyayana in Sanskrit is the oldest sex educating book dating back to 200-400 BC. No competitors for this one.
  • Vasthu Sastra, which translates to ” the science of architecture ” is an ancient Hindu literature architecture written between 6000 BC and 3000 BC with its influence clearly seen in Harappa and mohenjo-daro civilizations.
Sandeep Debnath

Written by Sandeep Debnath

The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, question it and turn it inside out. Being a blogger, I started sharing my knowledge and interests here on BlogPoke.