40+ Interesting Facts About Hinduism That Will Blow Your Mind

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The Om and the Swastika (unassociated with the distorted Nazi version) are the two most important spiritual symbols in Hinduism.

Hinduism consists of four different sects namely Shaivism (worshippers of Shiva), Vaishnava (worshippers of Vishnu), Shaktism (worshippers of Devi), and Smarta (worshippers of Brahman).

Hinduism has several sacred festivals and holidays like Diwali, Navaratri, Holi, Krishna Janmashtami, Maha Shivaratri etc.

Hinduism is considered to be Polytheist, Monotheist, Atheist, and Henotheistic at the same time. Hinduism is the only religion to include atheism in its belief system.

108 is the holiest number in Hinduism. It is the ratio of Sun’s distance from earth/Sun’s diameter and Moon’s distance from earth/Moon’s diameter.

There is no central religious body or formal religious institution in Hinduism. This is one of the most unique Hinduism facts.

– Various aspects of Hinduism like Vedic knowledge, Ayurveda, Yoga, and even hypnotism are considered as a way of life and not superstition.

– Hinduism is believed to be the founder of the institution of marriage.

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in existence. Vedic Sanskrit can be traced back to the 2nd millennium BCE and is considered the mother of all languages.

– The Nasadiya Sukta or the Hymn of Creation in the Rig Veda mentions the Universe beginning from a point (Bindu) through heat. The notion closely resembles the scientific idea of the Big Bang theory.

– Unlike most other religious philosophies, Hinduism considers evolution as a means for the creation of life by God through the various forms of the Dashavatara.

– Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure worldwide, is a Hindu temple in Cambodia. With an area of 402 acres, it was constructed as a temple of Lord Vishnu for the Khmer Empire.

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– Hindu astronomers and mathematicians are the first to define Zero and its functions. A Hindu temple in Gwalior, India contains an inscription believed to be the oldest recorded citation of zero, according to the University of Oxford. 

Pursuing wealth is not considered to be sin, unlike in most other religions. In fact, there are specific Gods for celebrating wealth like Vishnu, Kubera, Ganesha, and Lakshmi.

There are 4 different levels of hierarchy in Hinduism –  Dharma (righteousness), Artha (prosperity), Kama (pleasure), and Moksha (liberation).

– One of the most easily missed Hinduism facts is that there is no concept of conversion in this religion. Individuals are either born as Hindus or willingly practice the faith.

– The Mahabharata, one of the 2 main Sanskrit epics of ancient India, has 1.8 million words and over 74,000 verses. It is the longest epic which has the longest poem in the world.

– Apart from India, Hinduism is prevalent in many other countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and some other Southeast Asian nations.

Yoga, the globally popular physical, mental, and spiritual practice, was founded in ancient India and is a part of Āstika schools of Hindu philosophical traditions.

– Hinduism is highly flexible and adaptive. The religion has changed and reformed over time to eliminate practices like Sati, to make religious practices more acceptable and better.

Attaining salvation is the ultimate goal of all Hindus.

– Saffron is the most sacred color in Hinduism as it symbolizes fire and purity. The saffron flag is widely used in Hindu temples. This is one of the least known Hinduism facts.

– In Hinduism, the lotus flower represents good fortune, eternity, and Goddess Lakshmi. Even in Buddhism, Gautama Buddha is mostly seen sitting atop a lotus. The flower symbolizes enlightenment, purity, prosperity, peace, and happiness.

The river Ganges is considered to be spiritually pure and sacred in Hinduism. It is a manifestation of the Goddess Ganga. Hindus believe bathing in the river will wash away their sins. This is also one of the most fascinating Hinduism facts.

– In Hinduism, Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering across the world. It is a religious festival that has been awarded the status of cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Hinduism respects and acknowledges other religions as it believes that there are many paths to the Divine truth.

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40+ Interesting Facts About Hinduism That Will Blow Your Mind
Om (Aum): The holiest symbol in Hinduism

Hinduism Is Fascinating

Are you mesmerized by all the mystifying Hinduism facts? Irrespective of what religion you follow and practice, learning about different religions and belief systems enables us to expand our knowledge and perspective. Now that you have some idea about the basics of Hinduism, you can understand the religion and the practitioners better and avoid making assumptions.

Every religion is based on one sole truth – we are one with God, the Supreme Being. So whether we practice Hinduism or not, as long as we believe in humanity, love, and peace, we can create a better life for all of us.

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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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