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Hinduism Topic Guide

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!

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Hinduism Facts

  • 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).

Videos

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

Books

Asha & the Spirit Bird

This magical adventure is set in India and explores themes of faith, family and friendship.

A Gift for Amma

A girl searches the marked for just the right gift for her mother.

The Night Diary

Older children will enjoy this story, set in 1947, as Nisha and her family are affected by the creation of the countries of India and Pakistan.

The Gita For Children

A lively retelling of The Gita, just for children.

The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity

The story of Ramanujan, who grows up to be one of the most influential mathematicians ever.

Mahatma Gandhi

A lovely biography of the famous Indian leader.

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