What is Hinduism?
Hinduism is a religion, or a way of life, found most notably in India and Nepal. Hinduism has been called the “oldest religion” in the world, and some practitioners and scholars refer to it as San?tana Dharma, “the eternal law” or the “eternal way” beyond human origins.The ancient Persians used to call people living around the river in Indus as Indus, this has changed over time to Hindus and their way of life as Hinduism. It is a religion based on the Vedas and practised by the Aryan Race. Hinduism is known as ‘Sanatana Dharma’, a religion which is very ancient and comprises eternal values (Sanatana- Ancient and Eternal). One important believes of Hinduism is of nonviolence andacceptance of other religions.
Unlike the other religions of the world Hinduism did not originate with a prophet or a particular period of human history. The Rig Veda is the earliest human book but Hinduism existed before that, as it is a way of life
Hindus believe in one supreme God- Brahman. The reason why there are so many gods and goddesses is that at different times God came to earth in a different form to perform a specific role. Hence, The gods and goddesses were all images or avatars of the supreme lord
Why do Hindus worship statues made from stone, clay or metal?
Hindus not think of statues as God. There is the images of the statues to help then think of God. As they are images of God they worship them as such.