An Introduction To The Sanaetana Dharm Hinduism And Hinduism

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Hinduism is often referred to as Sanātana Dharma which means eternal religion. For many Hindus, religion is a matter of practice rather than of beliefs. It's more what you do, than what you believe. It is the world’s third most popular religion with around 750 million followers. Hinduism is practiced by more than 80% of India’s population. There are an estimated 1 billion Hindus worldwide, making Hinduism the third largest religion after Christianity and Islam. About 80 percent of India's population regard themselves as Hindus and 30 million more Hindus live outside of India.

An Introduction to the Hindu religion

How and where it started.

Hinduism is older than any other living religion. It began so long ago that no one really knows how old it is, but it is believe to be at least 5,000 years old.

India is the country in which Hinduism began. India is a country located in Asia, the capital city there is New Delhi. There are some very high mountains (Mount Everest) on the northern border of India called the Himalayas. India has a mixed climates . Some parts of the country become extremely hot and others are cold. In India, the River Ganges is a scared river. People will often travel hundreds of miles to bathe in the Ganges because they believe the water will make them pure.

Hinduism was not begun by a single person, it developed gradually as different groups of people met and shared their ideas and ways of practising their beliefs. The name Hindu

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