The evolution of Hinduism
Hinduism is a predominantly organic religion, which was fed with several philosophies before evolving into the current form. It broadly evolved through four periods before classical Hinduism was born.
Beginning – 1750BCE
Pre Vedic period where several proto religions, including those in the Indus valley civilization, existed independently.
1900BCE – 1700BCE
Called as the Vedic period, this was the time when Indo-Aryan migrations led to an exchange of religious beliefs and philosophies.
800BCE – 200BCE
The intermingling of several philosophies led to an enrichment of the Hindu religion, and the birth of several associated religions, viz. Buddhism and Jainism.
200BCE – 500CE
The early Puranic period coincided with the golden age of Hinduism when the religion gained mass acceptance and patronage under the Gupta empire.
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