Sikhism was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak in the 15th Century CE and is a monotheistic religion.Sikhs think religion should be practised by living in the world and coping with life's everyday problems.The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, 18 Puranas, Ramayana and Mahabharata are also considered important texts in Hinduism. There’s some debate over who influenced who more during this time. The Epic, Puranic and Classic Periods took place between 500 B. The Medieval Period of Hinduism lasted from about 500 to 1500 A. New texts emerged, and poet saints recorded their spiritual sentiments during this time.Most scholars believe Hinduism formally started somewhere between 2300 B. The period when the Vedas were composed became known as the “Vedic Period” and lasted from about 1500 B. In the 7th century, Muslim Arabs began invading areas in India.Hindu worship, which is known as “puja,” typically takes place in the Mandir (temple).Followers of Hinduism can visit the Mandir any time they please.Hindus can also worship at home, and many have a special shrine dedicated to certain gods and goddesses.
When India became an independent nation, its constitution banned discrimination based on caste.Today, the caste system still exists in India but is loosely followed. What are the Basic Beliefs of Hinduism, Smithsonian Institution. Samsara: Hinduism, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.Many of the old customs are overlooked, but some traditions, such as only marrying within a specific caste, are still embraced. Closer home, far right groups from all religions have come out to play and frankly, this is as ugly as it gets.Yet, amid this unbridled anti-Hindu, anti-Muslim anti-humanity hate-fest, human beings continue being human beings. With people from another religion they have always been asked to stay at an arm's length from.It’s a common practice to present gifts, such as flowers or oils, to a god or goddess.Additionally, many Hindus take pilgrimages to temples and other sacred sites in India.Hinduism is unique in that it’s not a single religion but a compilation of many traditions and philosophies.Hindus value many sacred writings as opposed to one holy book.Across the world, being suspicious of a religion that isn't ours has become a norm of sorts.Actually, that was always the norm but some of these bias-keepers would still balk at owning up to ugly prejudices in public.