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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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
Professor Julius Lipner discusses the distinctive nature of Hinduism and its sacred texts, drawing on the Vedas and epic compositions.
Discovering Sacred Texts: Hinduism
Discover the diversity and richness of Hinduism.
Varanasi: sacred city
Each year, millions of pilgrims come here to worship Shiva and to bathe in the holy waters of the River Ganges.
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
Described as a “museum of religions,” Hinduism encompasses many beliefs and accepts a pantheon of deities.