One of, if not, the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism has no single founder, no single book or scripture and has no binding set of teachings. With so many different practices it’s difficult to pull together a catch all definition of what Hinduism actually is.
Almost 4 out of every 5 people in Indian is a Hindu. The 2011 census recorded 966,257,353 people as followers of the faith, which represents 79.8% of the population.
You won’t be surprised to read that majority of the population in most states of India’s states follow the faith. The exceptions are Manipur, Arunchal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Lakshadweep,.
The main deities are Bharma, Shiva, Lakshmi and Vishnu. Lord Krishna, Hanuman ji and Ma Durga are also very popular. But it is said that there are over 330 million gods in the Hindu pantheon.
Places of worship
Akshardham, which means the divine abode of God, is a massive Hindu Mandir opened on the 5th November 2005. Located to the east of the Yamuna River. Click here for more information.
Hanuman Mandir, located slap bang in Connaught place, is one of Delhi’s oldest and holiest Hanuman Mandirs . The site, said to date back to the Mahabharata, an ancient period estimated to be in 4th century BCE, is one of the most popular places for worshipers in Delhi. Thousands of devotees flock here each day to pay their respects to a mega star of Hindu mythology, Hanuman.
ISKCON temple, Costing rupees 12 crores, this mammoth temple, dedicated to the service of Radha and Krishna was opened in the mid 1990s. Alongside the temple there is a museum and bus loads of devotees come here to worship from the NCR and wider. For more information head on over to their website.
The Laxminarayan Temple, also known as the Birla Mandir, is located on Mandir Marg. It’s is dedicated to to Laxminarayan. Find out more about it at Delhi Tourism website.
Chhatarpur Mandir is a huge temple complex in the South of the city. As well as being home to a huge statue of Hanuman ji, the temples in and around this site show off both North and South Indian temple design. There are temples to Lord Shiva, Laxmi and Radha Krishna amongst others. Head on over to this website for more information.
Want to know more? about Hinduism
This overview from the BBC provides an excellent introduction.