40+ Interesting Facts About Hinduism That Will Blow Your Mind

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6. Worshiping male, female & animal forms of the Divine

According to Hinduism, Brahman can take different forms, hence they worship the universal Divinity in male and female and animal forms. The female form of the Divine is identified as Devi, an avatar of Shakti, the creative force. Some prominent forms and Gods resemble certain animals like Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman. Every single form contains a spiritual symbolic meaning.

40+ Interesting Facts About Hinduism That Will Blow Your Mind
Goddess Durga: An avatar of Shakti

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7. The cycle of birth & rebirth

According to History.com, “Hindus believe in the doctrines of samsara (the continuous cycle of life, death, and reincarnation) and karma (the universal law of cause and effect).” Karma or good or bad deeds in past lives is believed to determine our present life conditions. As the soul or atman is eternal, it reincarnates after death. We can improve our conditions through our deeds and behavior. The cycle of rebirth stops when the soul achieves moksha and unites with the divine soul. 

The margas or yogas are believed to be the path to salvation. The Vedanta explains there are 4 margas or yogas, namely-

  • Karma Yoga – The path of selfless service
  • Jnana Yoga – The path of wisdom, knowledge & intellectual understanding
  • Bhakti Yoga – The path of devotion to God
  • Raja or Dhyana Yoga – The path of self-discipline through meditation 

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8. Acknowledging various aspects of Brahman 

Hinduism venerates various aspects of the Divine. Brahman has different manifestations for specific qualities. Hence, Hindus worship different Gods and Goddesses for each particular quality. Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, is worshipped for his great wisdom; Goddess Lakshmi represents prosperity; and Goddess Saraswati represents learning and arts.

9. Worshiping idols to understand the Divine

Idolatry or the worship of an idol is a crucial aspect of Hinduism. However as God is formless, Hindus worship an idol or a statue as it allows the mind to comprehend the infinite. As our mind needs an object to focus on, idolatry acts as a physical representation of God. It is not that Hinduism suggests worshipping idols as Gods themselves, but as a representation that allows Hindus to focus their prayers on. It is a way to visualize & meditate on Brahman.

40+ Interesting Facts About Hinduism That Will Blow Your Mind
Idols of Hindu Gods Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma

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10. The concept of time, Yuga & Kalpa

According to Hinduism, time is divided into 4 Yugas. Maha Yuga or Chatur Yuga is an epoch where eternal cyclic time repeats certain events. Every cycle consists of 4 dharmic ages or yugas, namely:

  • Satya Yuga
  • Treta Yuga
  • Dvapara Yuga
  • Kali Yuga

After the end of Kali Yuga, or the apocalyptic era, a new cycle of time will begin. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, these four yugas form the maha yuga and 2,000 mahayugas create the basic cosmic cycle, known as the Kalpa. One Kalpa is 4.32 billion years, which is equal to  a “day of Brahma.” The concept of Yuga is one of the most fascinating Hinduism facts one must know.

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However, that’s not all. There are many more facts about Hinduism that most of us don’t have much knowledge about. Here are some other quick Hinduism facts you should learn:

Hinduism is also known as Sanātana Dharma, which translates to “the eternal way” and Vaidika Dharma which means the religion of the Vedas.

– Hinduism believes in the existence of the soul or atman. All living beings have a soul and are connected to the Supreme Being.

Hindus worship and respect all creatures and the cow is considered a sacred animal.

– Hinduism gives special attention to food. It is believed having a Sattvic Diet or pure vegetarian food cleanses the soul. 

Accomplishing Dharma is crucial to Hindus. It is a way of life that focuses on good conduct and morality.

3 thoughts on “40+ Interesting Facts About Hinduism That Will Blow Your Mind”

  1. Avatar of Ayush Mohanty

    No offense just a correction:The Vedas are not at all in favour of the big bang theory and instead speak an alternative theory of creation. If you don’t believe me you can check out Acharya Agnivrat Naishtik ji’s views about the big bang theory and his Vaidic Rashmi Theory at his YouTube channel Vaidic Physics. Acharya ji is a Vaidic Scientist who has done deep research of our ancient Sanskrit texts and has discovered an entire new theory form the Vedas and their Brahman texts. He says that he can help the physicists of the world and has answers to many important fundamental questions of physics that have been remained a mystery for 50 years or more and in this case regarding the creation of the universe he has something very important to point out in the big bang theory.

  2. Avatar of Vijay

    Dear Harrison, this is about the 33 Million God& Goddesses as mentioned by you..its not correct.The fact is word “33 Koti ” means 33 Types not Millions .These 33 types of Gods/ goddesses are the opulence of Lord Krishna and responsible for the Entire cosmic manifestation .

    I would like this to be corrected.

  3. Avatar of Harshdeep Singh

    In reality actually Buddhism doesn’t originated from Hinduism. But this are Śramaṇic tradition same as Jainism. And rest is earlier life of Siddhartha.
    In reality modern Hinduism is combination of 50% Buddhism + 50% Vedic traditions. There are bunch philosophies that are copied by modern day Hinduism.
    Where is as Hinduism is a brahmnical religion which believes in scriptures rejected by both Śramaṇic traditions. ( i.e Vedic traditions and other scriptures).

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