It is not possible to discuss on every aspect of Hinduism unless you are planning to read a tome! Innumerable books and documents have been written on this subject with varied learning and wisdom. Some have successfully brought out a meaningful understanding of the most ancient and heterogeneous religion of the world. The origins of Hinduism can hardly be traced back accurately. It existed before history began to be recorded in the annals. As a result of this, several historical theories are popular among believers and the skeptics. The origin is also mired in myth and folklore. Instead of going by dates, let us assume that Hinduism came into being before time itself began to be recorded.
The religion of Hinduism has built up as a way of life for the people who believed in it. Several sources have contributed to strengthen the core values of Hinduism. These values have a direct relationship with the kind of life that people should ideally lead. The spiritual awakening and aspirations of the society have also contributed into making Hinduism as we know it today. It is because of this intermingling of local ideas, philosophy and thinking that Hinduism is such a humongous body of doctrines, principles and moral codes. You will also find different sects and cults forging themselves with the main religion in a way that they cannot be isolated anymore.
The concept of idol or deity worship is a major part of Hinduism. These deities are mentioned in the Vedas. The deities are injected with human attributes and their characteristics and powers are clearly written about in the texts. The descriptions are so vivid that paintings were drawn up later on and have come down to us. It is usually the case that a deity is the God or Goddess of a particular domain. For example, Lord Indra is known as the God of thunder and lightning, Lord Shiva is the creator and also the destroyer while Lord Brahma is the preserver of the universe. It is through this division of domain that Hindus have an astounding number of deities to worship. You will find numerable stories about these deities, their likes and dislikes and anecdotes in the ancient texts, making these divine figures seem approachable and familiar. It helps the common unlettered man to feel a spiritual bonding with the deities.
It was also a practice in ancient Hinduism that society is divided into four classes with Brahmins at the top, followed by the Kshatriyas, the Vaishyas and the Shudras. Offering worship to the deities was the sole prerogative of the Brahmins. This rigid structure has stood the test of centuries and you will find this evident even today. The epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata have also added divine figures to the Hindu galaxy. Lord Ram and Lord Krishna, both reincarnations of Lord Vishnu, are prime examples. Saints and seers have also become one with these deities over time. A discussion on Hinduism is incomplete without a mention of the concept of karma. Hindus believe that your future is shaped by your deeds. The concept of afterlife and reincarnations of the human soul are also notable principles of Hinduism.
With Thanks to: Miracle Yantra