Who is the founder of Hindu religion or Hinduism?

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. 

 

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Hinduism is not founded by a definite person or prophet

                                                  

Who is Hindu?

The term “Hindu” is derived from the root word, “Sindhu” which is a name of a river. The word Hindu came into usage for the people who live around a region through which the river Sindhu flows. The word Hinduism has been used more as a conceptual entity rather than just a name of a religion. It is being claimed by many scholars that the word Hindu itself does not appear in literature until the 17th Century A.D. Apart from wide usage of term Hindu or Hinduism, during medieval times, the Indian subcontinent was known as Hindustan or the land of Hindus. 
 

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.

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There are millions of gods and goddesses in Hinduism

 

As time changed, the Hindu religion was constantly subjected to new philosophies and theories which the religion welcomed and incorporated with opened hands and that is why today’s Hindu religion consists of a wide range of belief systems that are not at all related to one another. There is no known founder of Hinduism, no creed, no single source of authority. 
 

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.

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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.

The modern form of Hinduism is actually a blend of teachings mainly derived from Vedas and Upanishads plus the teachings from ancient sages and scholars as well as from some great saints and regional customs and traditions. Hinduism is a dynamic religion which keeps changing its form with time without disturbing its basic teaching and keeps adapting with new findings, theories, cultures and rituals.