Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Idolatry (Hinduism)

  • Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_468-1


Hinduism is a sanatana dharma “ancient religion,” and there is no specific date that marks its origin [2]. Unlike Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam, there is no founder of Hinduism. Since this religion is more a way of life than religion, many myths, misconceptions, and fallacies are also associated with this world’s oldest religion. One such myth is whether Hinduism prescribes idol worship or not. Following the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita, we get to know that there is only one God, and wise Hindus, who are educated in scriptures, believe and worship only one.

The Bhagavad Gita states that those who are stolen by material desires wrongly surrender themselves to demigods and incorporate personal whims and fancies and subjective rules and regulations to worship (7.20) [4, 5]. The Chandogya Upanishad clearly directs ekam evadvitiyam meaning He is one only without a second (6:2:1), whereas Svetasvatara Upanishadtells us that the supreme God is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia