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Hinduism is a religion with various gods and goddesses. According to Hinduism, three Lords rule the world. Brahma: the creator; Vishnu: the preserver and Shiva: the destroyer. Lord Vishnu did his job of preserving the world by incarnating himself in different forms at times of crisis. Hinduism originated in the area now called India and is still practiced by 80% of its inhabitants. Hinduism is considered a major world religion because of its approximately 700 million believers and it has influence on many other religions during its long history. Some authorities date it back to about 1500 BC and consider it the oldest religion in the world.   This religion cannot be traced to a specific founder and does not have only one \"holy book\" as a spiritual guide. Unlike most other religions, Hinduism does not promote the worship of one particular deity. A Hindu may worship one or many different manifestations of the divine. They consider themselves successful Hindus when the reach the \"Ultimate Reality\" or nirvana in their lives.

History and evolution:-

The word Hindu comes from the river Indus, and it just means the people who live near the Indus river (actually in modern Pakistan).The Harappa people who lived near that river about 2500 BC carved images of several different gods on their clay seals.   We can\'t read Harappan writing, so we don’t know what the Harappan people called their gods. But some of these gods look a lot like the later Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu, so this may be the earliest part of Hinduism. About 1500 BC, when the Aryans invaded India, they brought with them their Indo-European sky gods. As the two cultures mixed, it seems that their gods mixed too. So Hinduism got some new gods, and also some new ideas. Hinduism has a long and complex history. It is a blend of ancient legends, beliefs and customs which has adapted, blended with, and spawned numerous creeds and practices.



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