Hinduism is the oldest of the major religions. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Hindus believe in Brahman, a spiritual power. The Hindu gods and goddesses are all different forms of Brahman.
Hindu teachings are peaceful, and Hindus try never to harm anything or anybody. Many Hindus follow a vegetarian diet for this reason.
Teach your children about Hinduism using our handy topic guide!
- Create some rangoli patterns.
- Use this sheet to learn about Hindu celebrations.
- Choose a god or goddess from this chart and create a poster showing information about them.
- Review vocabulary linked to Hinduism in this hangman game. (Switch the template on the right-hand side to review the vocabulary using different methods.)
- The River Ganges is sacred to Hindus. Find the river on Google maps, or in an atlas. Where does it start? Where does enter the sea?
- Research facts about Hindu festivals on this page. Create a calendar showing Hindu festivals throughout the year.
- Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world.
- Hindus believe in a Supreme God (Brahman) who can be worshipped in many different forms and is both male and female.
- Hindus see life as a cycle, known as Samsara. Each person is born, dies and is reborn, many times over.
- The Vedas are four holy books. Written in Sanskrit, they are believed to be the oldest scriptures in the world.
- Hindu worship, known as puja, takes place both at home and in a temple (mandir).
Alien Abduction: Hinduism
Rupal answers an alien’s questions about Hinduism.
Running time: 5:33
Visiting a Mandir
Vraj shows us around a Hindu temple.
Running time: 4:16
The Hindu Story of Rama and Sita
A cartoon retelling of the story for younger children.
Running time: 5:02
How Lord Ganesha got his Elephant Head
An animated version of the story.
Running time: 3:02
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