Rituals and Practices of Hinduism


Hinduism: Understanding Sanatana Dharma

Hinduism is the oldest major religion. It has about 900 million adherents; 780 million of those are in India, comprising 79 percent of that country’s population. Hindus also make up 89 percent of the population of Nepal, where there are about 19 million adherents. In the United States, roughly two million individuals are Hindu. There are many forms of Hinduism, all with unique faiths and customs. This guide teaches you about the main varieties of Hinduism, and their rituals and practices; it also introduces you to Hindu news, music and art, points out some Hindu organizations, and helps you connect with the Hindu community online.

Hinduism Beliefs and Basics

Known as Sanatana Dharma, or “the eternal law” in Sanskrit, Hinduism is a ... read more »

Rituals and Practices of Hinduism

The Hindu tradition is filled with unique ceremonies and customs, from the multicolored, powder-hurling festival of Holi to the solemn funeral rites. This section explores Hindu rituals and practices, including controversial traditions such as those stemming from the age-old caste system. Also learn where to find sacred Hindu texts on the Internet and where to find a Hindu temple.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Many of the general Hinduism sites in the previous section of this guide also have information about rituals and practices. As the many types of Hinduism have varying rituals and customs, you may also want to look at the sites in the next section of this guide, “The Denominations of Hinduism.”
  • GaramChai.com helps you to find a North American temple, mandir, place of worship, or cultural center near you. The GaramChai.com homepage can help you locate Indian bazaars, associations, and newspapers, in addition to a number of other valuable resources.

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The Denominations of Hinduism

There are innumerable forms of Hinduism, as was mentioned above. The sites in this section will ... read more »

The Hindu Community

There is a vast Hindu network on the Internet waiting for your presence. Read a Hindu or Indian ... read more »

Hindu Music and Art

Hinduism is renowned for beautiful music and art. The Internet makes it simple to listen to a ... read more »

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