Religion is the oldest religious faith in the world. It is the faith
of the diverse groups of people of this area, in India, Nepal and
Bali [Indonesia], over 900 million people. There are many other
ancient cultures in these areas that were influenced by the Hindu
is believed to have been practiced in the Indian subcontinent, in
the west Asia and Southeast Asia for over 6000 years. Western Historians,
often limited by their Biblical theories, said that it originated
from the cultural practices of "Aryan invaders" to the Indus
valley in 2500 BC. A simple story told over the years becomes
an accepted part of history.
Scholars discounted this view and say that it was present for over
7 to 10 thousand years all over India and West Asia. The ancient
India had several groups of farmers and nomadic hunters. They all
had many different faiths and beliefs and followed their own methods
of prayer rituals. All these got assimilated with Hindu religion.
always find it difficult to fix the specific dates of the origin
of the faith or the time various works were written. Even the early
Puranas refer to "Devas" and "Asuras"
often fighting wars. It is possible these stories are based on such
historical incidents. It is interesting to note that while in our
mythology Devas were the good ones and Asuras were the bad, early
Persians referred to their good gods as "Ahuras" and
"Ahura Mazda" and bad ones as "Daevas,"
though all of them were also religious and prayed to God and performed
rituals to Fire, like the rituals in Rig Veda.
all these Puranas, very little information is given about the time
or the name of the author. For a long time many of these works were
passed on as recitation, by mouth. Later, many Rishis arranged them
in proper orders. Any records of the historical dates of these events
are obviously artificial, though attempts have been made to divide
the period into some convenient landmarks.