is the oldest theological faith in the world with a very long history.
The history of Hinduism is looked at by different people in different
perspective. Different proofs and documents are quoted for their
theories. Western researchers, Indian Historians, Religious pundits
and Vedic scholars all quote different time periods as the origin
of Hinduism. All these views are expressed as it is in the following
pages without contradicting any of them.
ancient times there were several types of similar village faiths
and rituals practiced all over South Asia and Southeast Asia. Hinduism
as we know it today, started with the Vedas, believed to be as old
as the creation itself, or even precedes creation, as the very breath
exhaled by the Almighty Brahmam. Some 'Pundits' believe that it
started from the time of the creation of the universe 2.8 billion
years ago. Some Vedic scholars stretch it to the origin of human
race 1.34 million years ago.
scholars of Vedas say that it is 50,000 years old. Most Indian historians
say that it is about 10,000 years old. Western researchers and scholars
of last century had held the view that it was started 6000 years
back by the "Aryan invaders" of Indus Valley and that South India
had a Dravidian style of religious practice.
to some other historians who tried to soften this idea, it was practiced
by the "Aryan settlers" of Indus Valley and the local community,
6000 years back. Very few scholars of Hindu religion disputed this
opinion and theory for a long time. A speculative theory, repeated
over the years, has been accepted as an established fact in History.
theory is not acceptable to most of the modern Hindu historians
now. Even before this time, in Indus Valley and probably all over
India and Persia, we had the so-called the "Pre-Aryan" or the "Dravidian"
culture as well as Vedic practice. Their religious practices included
beliefs in various Deities. They also sang prayer songs in groups
and worshipped in groups with rituals in a Sanctum like a Temple.
also had the Devas and Asuras in the Puranas. Perhaps the ancient
Persians, who had the Ahuras as the good ones and Daevas as the
bad ones, were the Vedic Aryans on the west of Indus Valley who
had wars in Indus Valley as in our Puranas!