Contrary to the other religions of the world, the origin of Hinduism is not credited to a single prophet or in a particular period of history. Hinduism has a firm foundation of spiritual experiences. Its uniqueness is that it believes in superconscious experiences. And also on the spiritual realizations of a galaxy of saints, sages, and seers. Hence, each of them can claim prophethood.
Few Facts of Hinduism
To trace the origin of Hinduism can be a task. Especially because it has no specified founders or prophets. But, before we proceed to that, let us take a look at some facts about Hinduism. Hinduism is among the oldest religions of the world. On this day, there is a roundabout of 900 million followers of Hinduism. After Christianity and Islam, Hinduism takes the third spot in the list of the largest religions in the world. About ninety-five percent of that 900 million Hindus live in India. Now, let’s look at the origin of Hinduism, the biggest religion in India.
As per many scholars and researchers, Hinduism is a religion at least about 6000 years old. Hinduism origin is unique because it’s not a single religion. But a compilation of many traditions and philosophies. Rishis built it on such a firm foundation of spiritual experiences that are verifiable, the Hindu spiritual tradition was flowing continuously–like the river Ganga–for several millennia. And it continues to flow and will continue to do so. That’s why we designated it as Sanatana Dharma.
Most prestained scholars are of the view that the origin of Hinduism dates back to somewhere between 3300 B.C. and 2500 B.C. Many Hindus believe that Hinduism started in the Indus Valley. The ruins of Indus Valley is in modern-day Northern India and Pakistan. However, Hindus mostly believe that Sanatana dharma as a practice is timeless and has always existed on the face of the earth.