The Foundations of Hinduism

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The Foundations of Hinduism

The Foundations of Hinduism

The Ganges RiverThe Ganges River is personified as the goddess Ganga in Hindiusm. The water in the Ganges River is believed to be very pure. By bathing in the river you wash away your sins. Sometimes for burial purposes people's ashes would be poured into the river to forgive them of their sins.

Origins of SanskritThe Origins of Sanskrit is the Sacred language of Hinduism. This was the basis for the Hindu civilization. It was the standard language that was spoken, but now like Latin it is more read then spoken. Sanskrit is still used as ceremonial language.

The Vedas and The MahabharataThere are four primary texts of Hinduism known as the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and the Atharua Veda. This books contain hymns and rituals. The Mahabharata is a major epic written in Sanskrit that contains philosophical and devotional information.

Ghats & Magh MelaGhats are a series of steps leading to a "holy" body of water. They are used for bathing, puja (prayer ritual), and special ceremonies. Magh Mela is a annual religious Hindi ceremony that celebrates the origin of the universe. During the celebration they bathe in the Sangam water fot a holy dip.

ShivaShiva is the Hindu god for yogis. Which is self-control and celibate. Shiva is also known as "The Destroyer". He is responsible for death and destruction. Shiva can also be postive in which he destroys ego and old habits.

LakshmiLakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and beauty. Her four arms represent the four goals of human life dharma (righteousness), kāma (desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (liberation from the cucle of life and death).


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