Hinduism is over 4,000 years old, making it one of the world's oldest religions. It is made up of a variety of different religious beliefs and practices. It originated near the Indus River in India. The name 'Hindu' comes from the word Indus.

What do Hindus believe?
Central to Hinduism is the belief in a supreme God Brahman. Brahman is present everywhere and there is a part of Brahman in everyone.

Brahman takes many forms. Especially three forms called the Trimurti.

Brahma is the creator of the world and all creatures. He is usually shown with four heads.

Vishnu is the preserver of the world. His role is to return to the earth in troubled times and restore the balance of good and evil. He has blue skin and four arms.

Shiva is the destroyer of the universe. Shiva destroys the universe in order to re-create it. Shiva has blue skin, a third eye and carries a trident.

Hindus believe that life is a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. They also believe that the next life depends on how the previous life was lived.

What are Hinduism's holy books?
Hinduism does not have a single holy book, but many ancient texts and scriptures.

The Vedas - a collection of hymns praising the Vedic gods. Veda means 'knowledge'.
The Ramayana - long epic poems about Rama and Sita.
The Mahabharata - which includes the Bhagavad Gita.
The Puranas - a collection of stories about the different incarnations and the lives of saints.


Where do Hindus worship?
Hindus worship in a temple called a Mandir. Mandirs vary in size from small village shrines to large buildings, surrounded by walls.

People can also visit the Mandir at any time to pray and participate in the bhajans (religious songs).

Hindus also worship at home and often have a special room with a shrine to particular gods.

Faith at a Glance - Hinduism

Hinduism is over 4,000 years old, making it one of the world's oldest religions. It is made up of a...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Hinduism

Hinduism is over 4,000 years old, making it one of the world's oldest religions. It is made up of a...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Subud

Subud is a multi-faith, international spiritual group that began in Indonesia in the 1940s and...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism at a glance   Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Unitarianism

Unitarianism at a glance   There are about 7,000 Unitarians in Great Britain and Ireland,...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Spiritualism

Spiritualism at a glance Modern Spiritualism can include a very wide range of beliefs and...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Sikhism

Sikhism at a glance There are 20 million Sikhs in the world, most of whom live in the Punjab...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Rastafari

Rastafari at a glance   Rastafari is a young, Africa-centred religion which developed in...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Paganism

Paganism at a glance   Paganism describes a group of contemporary religions based on a...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Judaism

Judaism at a glance Judaism is the first of the three monotheistic Abrahamic faiths (Christianity...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Mormons

Mormons at a glance   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded in 19th...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Jehovah's Witness

Jehovah's Witness at a glance Jehovah's Witnesses are members of a Christian-based religious...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Jainism

Jainism at a glance   Jainism is an ancient religion from India that teaches that the way to...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Islam

Islam at a glance   The word Islam means 'submission to the will of God'. Islam is the...

Read more

Faith at a Glance - Christianity

Christianity at a glance   Christianity is one of the largest religions in the world with...

Read more

Faith at a Glance: Buddhism

.   Buddhism at a glance Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal...

Read more

Faith at a Glance: Baha'i

  Bahá'í at a glance The Bahá'í faith is one of the youngest of the world's major...

Read more

Faith at a Glance: Atheism

  Atheism at a glance Atheism is the absence of belief in any gods or spiritual beings....

Read more

Latest News from The Chaplaincy

Follow Us On Twitter

About Us

Police Chaplaincy UK is a registered Charity, number 1190186.

We have no full-time staff or office, but you may get in touch with us through any of the individuals named in "Contact Us".

 

pcuk logo

Cookies are used to manage analytics & registrations, click OK to agree to this usage.