Hinduism is arguably the oldest religion in the world and has influenced several other religions. Direct descendants of the religion, who borrow heavily from it are Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. A school of scholars also argues about the parallels between Hindu gods and
Greco-Roman gods, and even between Lord Krishna and Jesus Christ.
Hinduism used to be called Sanatan Dharma – a school of philosophy with several contributors and no single founder. Fluid and flexible religion, Hinduism attempts to assimilate the positive tenets of several schools of thought, agnostic to their origin. The emphasis is only on the practical, observational and moral aspects of the philosophy.
Hinduism should rather be defined as a meta religion – it doesn’t preach a single way of life, but rather emphasizes how one can go about finding one’s own religion. The fact the religion is said to have 330 million gods and goddesses furthers the notion that the religion is not confined to a single mode of living.
Hinduism has over a billion adherents worldwide, making it the third largest religion in the world. It is also a proud convener of devotees in the Kumbh Mela, a sacred Hindu festival which is the largest peaceful gathering of humans on the planet.
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