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Hinduism


Hindu Swastika symbolizing peace and harmony Hinduism is one of the oldest living religions in the world, having begun in around 1,500 BCE, but tracing some of its roots to at least 2,500 BCE.

Hinduism is based on a number of religious texts including the four Vedas, the eighteen Puranas, and the epic poems Mahabharata and Ramayana.

There are believed to be around 1 billion adherents of Hinduism (making it the third-largest organized religion after Christianity and Islam), of whom around 890 million live in India. Significant populations of Hindus are also found in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and in Bali, Indonesia. Additionally, Hindu populations are also found found in those countries containing Indian diaspora such as the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.


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