About Hinduism

Hinduism, also known as Sanatana Dharma, is the world’s oldest living religion. A specific date of Hinduism’s origin is unknown, with most scholarship pointing to Hinduism starting in the Indus Valley of India between 2300 B.C.E. and 1500 B.C.E. Many believers, though, have long considered Hindu wisdom to have existed since before recorded time began.

In relating to other religions, Hinduism asserts that it is not only harmful, but inherently flawed to insist that one’s own path towards God is the only true and meaningful path. Based on this firm pluralistic belief, Hinduism has never sanctioned proselytization.

There are about one dozen different Hindu Temples serving thousands of Hindu families in the Metro Detroit area. Let’s take a deeper look at the history, beliefs, and practices of these wonderful members of our community.

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Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, according to many scholars, with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years.

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This BBC resource on the history of Hinduism acknowledges although there is an emphasis on personal spirituality, Hinduism’s history is closely linked with social and political developments, such as the rise and fall of different kingdoms and empires. Hinduism’s early history is the subject of much debate for a number of reasons.

This video resource reviews Hinduism, the religion of over a billion people, is the world’s oldest religion and the most confusing one to non-Hindus. It makes billions of people around the world ask, What is Hinduism?

Some say it isn’t even a religion, more a way of life. Hindus themselves call it Sanātana Dharma, the eternal tradition.

So what is Hinduism, does YOLO apply to them, and who is that elephant god?


Our custom, exclusive textbook is a great resource to support learning about each of the five faith traditions.

In partnership with Detroit Public Television, join us on a virtual Journey to a Hindu Temple in Canton, Michigan.

Presented by the Detroit Experience Factory, learn about some of the diverse Hindu communities that have helped to grow our region.