Hinduism remains one of the most complex religion to understand for a foreigner. Because of that we come across many question about its founder like
- Who is the founder of Hinduism
- Is there a founder of Hinduism, etc.
In case of Hinduism there is no single founder. Hinduism is a family of belief systems that originated as culture in various parts of India over a long time. So there may be sects that can claim to be founded by a particular person but not Hinduism itself.
Most other religion like Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, etc. All of these were founded by one person. This is not the case with Hinduism.
The founder of Hinduism is not a single person, but rather a collective of people who have contributed to the religion over the centuries. Hinduism is a religion with a long and complex history, and it is impossible to pinpoint a single person or event that can be considered its founding.
Some of the most important figures in Hinduism include the Vedic sages, who composed the Vedas, the sacred texts of the religion; the Upanishadic sages, who elaborated on the Vedic teachings; and the Buddha, who founded the competing religion of Buddhism. In more recent history, Hindu reformers such as Swami Vivekananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati have played a significant role in shaping the modern practice of Hinduism.
How did Hinduism start?
Hinduism has evolved from Vedic religion that arose from Vedas. But slowly with the changes in the structure of society after the great Mahabharata was, social fabric of the country got disturbed which gave rise/room for others to expand. To provide social justice, it has Varna system.
When did Hinduism start?
Hinduism was started way back even before Indus Valley civilization because we can clearly see the imprints of or influences of Hinduism on it. There was many seals that depicts Yoga poses and Pashupati images.
It is hard to put a date on Hinduism because there was not a single person like other religions so no one started it.
Where did Hinduism begin?
Indian religion, Indian subcontinent, Hinduism a is a family of belief/pooja patterns from all of India not just today’s geography we call India but also from places right that falls outside the founder of India including Southeast Asia, present day Afghanistan, central Asia, India & Pakistan & Tibet.