Hinduism – is the major religion in India, tracing its origin long back before any Abrahamic Faith. It has its root so deep in history that goes far beyond anything that has been classified as ancient and Classical Period.
But, that’s not the point i want to show here – does Modern Hindu religion and its pantheon of god and goddess travel back in history as the Hinduism… ?
Answer is straight forward NO. The Reason being the modern pantheon of Hindu Gods and Goddess are not that ancient that includes for gods such as Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh, Rama..etc
The invention of these Gods (shiva, Vishnu -marginal vedic deity..etc) are infact was a response to The Great Buddha.
Long Story Short :
The Popular Gods and Goddess of Modern Hinduism is No were found before Buddha’s Life time or immediately thereafter. Buddha’s life period was some where between c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE. All Available inscriptions, Temple carvings, Vedas to Literature before Buddha or immediately after Buddha never mention any Modern Indian Gods like Shiva, Vishnu, or Even Ganesh,
Vedas : Scholars from India as well outside india well-versed in Indology and archaeology agree that Rig Veda is the first religious text that is available from Ancient India soon after Aryan Invasion of Indian Sub Continent around 1500 BCE. Rig Veda is of very much reverence and Holy even till today among religious Hindus. Rig Veda list many gods that was worshiped by that days Hindus, is the main proponent of Modern Evil Caste-ism in India.
Among long list of Gods and Goddess invoked not one straight reference exist for Shiva(Except Rudra) ,Vishnu-Marginal deity, Rama or Ganesh to name few.
Buddha: In Vedic India
Buddha was born during this time and period where Indians worshiped Vedic gods like Varuna, Indra, Adhiti, Mitra. Buddha brought a new religious way of life against the Vedic gods and it was soon popularized by many Kings who adopted Buddhism.
Rise of Buddhism and Death of Vedic gods:
Buddhism flourished against dwindling Indian Vedic religion, Buddha himself after his death was deitified and became an object of Worship. During this period of Buddhism rose Ashoka c. 268 – c. 232 BC Who took Buddha as his personal god and spread through out South east Asia. That was the Soma of Buddhism and venom for Hindusim.
The existing Hinduism went through Huge change as Vedic religion lacks any Single form of Religious tale and one point focus for worship and growth of thier religion like Buddhism.
Rise of Religious Fiction and Sanskrit Puranas (Chronicles & Tales)
Ramayana and Mahabhrata – Two Great Epics of Sanskrit was composed around 400 BCE to 200 CE(Note its Common era). With the introduction of great epics many personal gods arose among the Indians who were either linked to old dead vedic gods or Given New Genesis story for their Mass entry to Hinduism.
Many new tales were composed and many songs were written which in turn was adopted at royal courts and patronage.
Rama, Vishnu, krishna..etc were still at border line between Characters from books to gods in During their Entry time.
The Gupta Empire : Fall of an Empire and Rise of New Hinduism
The Gupta Empire which flourished from 480 CE to c. 500 C paralleled the rise of Ramayana and Mahabharata with other Sanskrit tales and song. The Guptas spread the new found Gods and Goddess from these epics Along with the Buddha around india, it is well documented in Ellora Caves Dedicated by Guptas .
Ellora caves shows how the New Found gods were sidelining Buddhism and Old Vedic Gods Total erased from Worship.
Death of Buddhism and Rise of New Non Vedic Gods:
Buddhism started to decline due to heavy persecution from Non Vedic god worshipers and in its ashes rose Personal Gods like Ganesh, Vishu, Rama,..etc
Concept of Personal :
Hinduism realized how important was Personal gods -one point of focus and people’s need and reverence than vedic gods who were long list of deities to be revered, the very concept of personal god was direct borrowing from Buddhism – where reverence of Buddha and his teaching attracted Hindus. Lesson leaned in hard way !
- There is no Single Inscription on Shiva or Vishnu on before the time line of Buddha.
- We dont find any Temple dedicated to Rama or Vishnu on or before Buddha’s time line.
- Not even an Single reference exist for Rama (a character from Sanskrit poem) in vedas or any place of worship before common Era.
- No material evidence – like manuscript of Ramayana and Mahabharat exist before 11th Century CE (Just 900 Years ago) and a vague reference to Mahabharata in 200 CE Respectively.
- Sudden Bhakthi movements in southern india with literature popping up in Tamil around 11th Century.No temple dedicated to Ganesh exist before 6th Century CE and not even single reference to the Elephant headed god exist in any vedas .he is one of the new Non Vedic God Invented or adopted during Common era.
If there was no Buddhism , There wouldn’t be Modern Hinduism and New Gods.
The Mysterious Origin of new Character – Ganesh into Indian Panheon of Gods is still debated and fought.
One plain truth is the Modern Hinduism and their Gods are just new as Judaism,Christianity and Islam. Very new in history but still claims 5000 years of history.