For thousands of years, we all have been searching for some sort of evidences so that we can reach to the founder of Hinduism. However there are numerous theories about this topic that are open to interpretation. Hinduism basically comprises of collection of multiple paths acting as building blocks guiding us to the ultimate wisdom and these paths are based on human reasoning instead of any commandments from a single divine authority and thus we can’t point our finger at a specific founder of Hindu Religion.
Who is Hindu?
If we further investigate this by keeping in mind all the past excavations or historical findings, the ancient temples that have been inspected have no clear signs or manifestations of a single founder of Hindu religion or a primary deity. On the contrary, there are millions of ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ exist in Hinduism. These gods and goddesses vary to a greater range based on region, languages, castes, creeds etc. Even in the remote villages of India, they have their own unique deities as well as religious practices.
|There are millions of gods and goddesses in Hinduism|
Who is the founder of Hinduism?
Hinduism does not have any particular guiding structure or any specific belief system as it is considered more as a way of life. There is no one book like Holy Bible or Holy Quran, no commandments, no prophets or messengers of God, no prophecy nor any framework. There is no defined time representing the beginning of this religion, no date or year as to when the foundation stone was laid. However Vedas are considered to be imparted from God to human beings some thousand years ago and were carried forward through teacher-disciple (Guru-Shishya) tradition.
|Brahma: The creator God|
Hence it can be concluded that Hinduism is not founded by a definite person, a book or a prophet. There is no known founder and no single source of authority. The source of this religion or way of life is God himself. Hence, it is denominated as an eternal religion, generally referred as Sanatana dharma in Sanskrit. Trinity of Brahma (the creator God who revealed the knowledge of Vedas), Vishnu (the preserver God who maintains the order and regularity) and Shiva (the destroyer God who destroys the impurities) are the first three teachers of Hinduism.