What Is Hinduism?

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The Nature of Hinduism

Hinduism’s special treasures, its four main denominations, its precepts and practices, scriptures and two paths of dharma§


Hinduism is a joyous, reverent, mystical faith, as evidenced in its fabulous festivals, such as the Kumbha Mela, pictured here being celebrated in Haridwar in 1998 on Mahasivaratri, Siva’s great night, where 25 million devotees gathered to honor and seek blessing of the Divine.§