Hinduism; 3 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

[Hinduism in Hinduism glossaries]

Hinduism : A worldwide religious tradition that is based on the Vedas and is the direct descendent of the Vedic religion. It encompasses many religious traditions that widely vary in practice, as well as many diverse sects and philosophies.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

[Hinduism in India history glossaries]

Hinduism in Rājasthān.—The Vedic sacrifices, as we have referred to above, were in vogue among the richer sections of society. The available evidence tends to show the orthodox sects, generally termed Hinduism, were, popular in Rājasthān from the early ages. In these sects, worships of Brahmā, Sun, Śiva, Viṣṇu, Rāma and other deities were pre-eminent.

(Source): archive.org: Social Life In Medieval Rajasthan

Hinduism during the reign of the Śilāhāra dynasty (r. 765-1215 A.D.).—Hinduism was in the most flourishing condition in this period. The old Vedic sacrifices had long been out of vogue. There are no references to the performance of such śrauta sacrifices as the Vājapeya and the Aśvamedha in any Śilāhāra inscriptions. The Smṛtis also, which were held authoritative in this period, and their commentaries do not preach the performance of costly Vedic sacrifices. As the Vedic religion lost ground in this period, Purāṇic Hinduism came to the forefront. The worship of Purāṇic gods and goddesses prevailed throughout this period.

(Source): What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
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context information

The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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