Hinduism

Hinduism is neither monotheistic nor is it polytheistic. Hinduism’s emphasis on the universal spirit, or Brahman, allows for the existence of a pantheon of divinities while remaining devoted to a particular god.

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Hindu deities
Hindu deities

Professor Julius Lipner explains that Hinduism cannot be considered polytheistic and discusses the way in which Hindu culture and sacred texts conceptualize the deities, as well as their role in devotional faith

Sacred texts in Hinduism
Sacred texts in Hinduism

Professor Julius Lipner discusses the distinctive nature of Hinduism and its sacred texts, drawing on the Vedas and epic compositions.

Discovering Sacred Texts: Hinduism
Discovering Sacred Texts: Hinduism

Discover the diversity and richness of Hinduism.

Varanasi: sacred city
Varanasi: sacred city

Each year, millions of pilgrims come here to worship Shiva and to bathe in the holy waters of the River Ganges.

Hindu temples
Hindu temples

Often covered with figural sculpture, these dwelling places of the gods draw worshipers to their inner sanctuaries.

Beliefs made visible: Hindu art in South Asia
Beliefs made visible: Hindu art in South Asia

Described as a “museum of religions,” Hinduism encompasses many beliefs and accepts a pantheon of deities.

Hinduism and Buddhism, an introduction
Hinduism and Buddhism, an introduction

Origins of Hinduism Unlike Christianity or Buddhism, Hinduism did not develop from the teachings of a single founder. Moreover, it has diverse traditions, owing to its long history and continued development over the course of more than 3000 years. The term Hindu originally referred to those living on the other side of the Indus River, and by […]