Any attempt to define hinduism through one system or set of beliefs can be frustrating, if not impossible, task. The name Hindu is universally accepted as the word that refers to the indigenous religion of India. Hindu, however, is not of Indian, but of Persian, origin. The early Persians used the term Hindus to speak of the inhabitants on the other side of the Sindhu River, and today we use the word Hinduism to refer to their religion. As the religion of the Hindus spread throughout India, it experienced many modifications but ultimately retained at it's core the teachings from which it had originated along the banks of the Sindhu River. For thousands of years, foreigners who settled in india left their own mark on Hinduism, as the religion assimilated many of their customs and practices. Over the course of time, Hinduism's resilient nature has embedded it to bend with the course of history, while, at the same time, not become overwhelmed by it. The result has been a multitude of religious sects, each with its own rituals and customs, which share a unity of spirit. Hindus share a common literature, a history of religious thought, and a world view that places spiritual values above earthly concerns. Many canadians are quite familiar with some elements of the hindu faith. Vegetarianism is increasingly popular, especialy among young Canadians. Many of us are generally aware of the theory of reincarnation, which suggests that we may live many lives and that our position in the next life is determined by our deeds, or Karma, in the present. Meditation and yoga are very popular pasttimes among canadians, and many communities have teachers and practitioners of these activities, which originated in Hindu tradition. Hinduism's roots run deep and far from Canadian shores, but it's modern face is a vibrant part of the current canadian reality.
Hinduism talks of 4 yuga cycle.Kaliyuga started some 5111 years back.(we are in kaliyuga right now)Before Kaliyuga was Dwaparyuga (duration 8,64,000 years).(when epic mahabharat happened)Before Dwaparyuga was treta yuga (duration 4,32,000 * 3 years)Before Tretayuga was Satyuga (duration 4,32,000 * 4 years )(when epic ramayana happened)All the remains of mahabharata period can still be found , thus can be archeologically validated.(like sediments of river saraswati, which dried some 5000 yrs back, submerged remains of Dwarika fort build in the middle of ocean , mathura city etc), Ramayan happened some 1.5 million years back(only few things can be validated archeologically now,obviously!! ) .world's largest hindu temple is not in india. Several thousand years old hindu deities have been recovered from different part of the globe.Hindu is the word coined by foreigners . Hindu word is not mentioned in any of the reveled vedic scripture. Instead the word used is 'snatana dharma'. Snatana is sanskrit word meaning, which has got no begining (nor end).
The origin of the Hinduism as a religion dates back to as early as 5500-3300 BCE. This period was also known as the Harrapan or the Neolithic period. Hinduism is derived from the classical era in 1500-500 BCE. The practices and beliefs in this era were collectively known as the "Vedic religion" and so the oldest and the most important text of Hinduism is the Rigveda. This text was written between 1700-1100 BCE. Modern Hinduism is said to be born from the Vedas. It centred the idea of worshipping deities like Indra also known as Indra dev, Varuna and Agni or the god of fire. The people following Hinduism were called Aryans and they practiced fire sacrifices and chanted but did not build idols for worship.