Religions in India are characterized by a diversity of practices and faiths. The country is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

Hinduism is often considered one of the oldest religions in the world. The origins of Hinduism may include elements from the beliefs of the Indus Civilization, which existed from 3300 to 1700 BCE, but no archaeological evidence can confirm this.

Hinduism's oldest text, the Rigveda, was composed during the Vedic period between 1700 and 1100 BC. The earliest versions of the epic poems of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were composed between 300 and 100 BCE. After 200, Hindu schools of thought were codified into Indian philosophy: Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Purva-Mimamsa and Vedanta.

It was with Mahâvîra that Jainism, an ancient Indian religion, experienced significant expansion. Jainism is close to Raja yoga in its morality or its yamas (the five moral vows are the same, the first of which is Ahimsâ, Non-violence).

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Festivals in India (Hinduism, Sikh, Jain, Naga, etc.)

Holidays of the month

  • March 6, 2024 (2 events)

    March 6, 2024

    Chapchar Kut

    Today, people in Mizoram (India) celebrate Chapchar Kut. This festival takes place after the jhum work to prepare the land for future harvests. Legend has it that this festival was born when the hunters returned to the village empty-handed, to compensate for the disappointment, the village chief offered an impromptu feast with rice beer and meat. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #jhum #6march #mizoram #inde #ChapcharKut

    March 6, 2024

    Tsukhenyie

    Aujourd'hui, les Chakhesang du Nagaland fêtent Tsukhenyie. Ce festival marque la fin des sémences et le début des récoltes. Il dure 4 jours suivant une planification précise des rites et cultes à réaliser. #mythologie #mythe #légende #calendrier #6mars #Tsukhenyie #Chakhasang #Nagaland

  • March 8, 2024 (2 events)

    March 8, 2024

    Kumbh Mela

    Today, Indians celebrate the full moon of Magh. A purification ritual in one of the sacred rivers purifies sins. Every twelve years one of the most important Indian religious festivals, Kumbh Mela, takes place. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #magh#kumbh

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    March 8, 2024

    Maha Shivaratri

    Aujourd’hui, les hindous célèbrent Maha Shivaratri en l’honneur de Shiva. Ce jour marque la nuit où Shiva réalisa la dance sacrée Tandava. Ce jour de Shiva (à chaque nouvelle lune) est très particulier car la fête à lieu la nuit et non le jour. #mythologie #mythe #légende #calendrier #shiva #hindouisme #maha

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  • March 14, 2024 (2 events)

    March 14, 2024

    Punjabi New Year

    Today Punjabis celebrate their New Year. It is an opportunity to show their arts, films, music and dances in their traditional clothes. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #March 14 #punjab #punjabi

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    March 14, 2024

    Sikh Vaishakhi New Year

    Today Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi New Year. This date is the birth day of Guru Narak in 1469, founder of the Sikh religion. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #March 14 #Sikh #GuruNarak #Vaisakhi

  • March 25, 2024 (4 events)

    March 25, 2024

    Dol Purnima

    Today, Bengalis celebrate Dol Purnima. This equivalent of the Holi festival is known for the Abir colors, processions and rites for Sri Krishna and Radha. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #inde #holi #DolPurnima

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    March 25, 2024

    Hola Mohalla

    Today, Sikhs celebrate Hola Mohalla for three days. Established by Guru Gobind Singh, during the same period as Holi, in 1701, this festival is an opportunity to show off one's martial, musical and gastronomic talents. The festival is traditionally held at Anandpur Sahib. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #Sikh #HolaMohalla #GuruGobindSingh #Anandpur

    March 25, 2024

    Holi

    Today, Hindus celebrate Holi, known as the festival of colors. This holiday marks the spring equinox and celebrates fertility. Holi is dedicated to Krishna in northern India and to Kama in the south. Holi is one of the oldest celebrations in India and has existed since ancient times. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #holi #india

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    March 25, 2024

    Shigmo

    Today, Konkani people celebrate Shigmo or Shimga. This spring festival, close to Holi, is an opportunity to highlight Goan culture. #mythologylegend #calendar #goa #shigmo #shimga

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Cultural areas in India

Religions in India are characterized by a diversity of practices and faiths. The country is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism and has long welcomed the Judaism, THE christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism.

Hinduism is often considered one of the oldest religions in the world. The origins of Hinduism may include elements from the beliefs of the Indus Civilization, which existed from 3300 to 1700 BCE, but no archaeological evidence can confirm this. Hinduism's oldest text, the Rigveda, was composed during the Vedic period between 1700 and 1100 BC. The earliest versions of the epic poems of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were composed between 300 and 100 BCE. After 200, Hindu schools of thought were codified into Indian philosophy: Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Purva-Mimamsa and Vedanta.

It was with Mahâvîra that Jainism, an ancient Indian religion, experienced significant expansion. Jainism is close to Raja yoga in its morality or its yamas (the five moral vows are the same, the first of which is Ahimsâ, Non-violence).

Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539). His preaching was addressed to all human beings regardless of their religion, caste or gender. The holy book of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, was first compiled by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan, from the writings of the first five gurus and saints of other religions. Before the death of Guru Gobind Singh, the Sahib was declared as the eternal guru.