Hinduism

Timeline created by abbeyboulard
  • 2,500 BCE

    The Indus River Valley Civilization

    The Indus River Valley Civilization
    The beginning of the Hindu religion dates back to 2500 BCE when the Indus River Valley civilization. This evidence has been discovered using archaeological evidence. *The image depicts the temple in which the Indus river valley civilization worshipped their gods and met together, similar to a city hall.*
  • 1,600 BCE

    The Aryan Invasion

    The Aryan Invasion
    The Aryans invaded the Indus river valley populations and brought in the Sanskrit language to the valley, changing Hinduism and how it is carried out. *The image shows the path the Aryans are believed to have taken to get to India.*
  • 1,500 BCE

    The Vedic Age Begins

    The Vedic Age Begins
    During the Vedic age, the majority of the Hindu sacred texts were written in Sanskrit (the Aryans' primary language). During this period, the Vedic rituals were put in place, and many are still carried out to this day. These rituals often involved sacrifice to the many gods, which they called "devas". *The image shows a donkey being slaughtered as a sacrifice for the gods. Horses and donkeys were considered the best gifts for sacrificing.*
  • -800 BCE

    The Upanishads are Written

    The Upanishads are Written
    Along with the previously written Vedic sacred texts, the Upanishads are also texts of extreme importance to the Hinduist ways. These texts included the theories and beliefs surrounding life, death, reincarnation, nirvana, etc. These texts were believed to be the books of god and all other sacred texts written after it, were considered continuations.
    *The image shows an English translation (and modernised version) of a page of the Upanishads. The Hindu religion believes that gods reside within.*
  • -500 BCE

    The Puranas and Epics are Written

    The Puranas and Epics are Written
    The Puranas are scriptures in that explain the gods. These texts were used to describe and share the Hindu beliefs in an easier to understand format, as opposed to doctrines and law books. The Epics are what the stories themselves are called, and Purana is the word that we use for the genre of scripture (i.e. Fiction, Drama, Purana) *This image shows the cover of an English translation of an epic about the god of Bhagavata.*
  • -320 BCE

    The Founding of the Maurya Empire

    The Founding of the Maurya Empire
    The Mauryan Empire, in the Indian subcontinent, was founded by Chandragupta in which Hinduism was the initial religion, later being replaced with Buddism. *The image shows the idol that is used to represent the Hindu faith and was placed in the Maurya and Gupta empires.*
  • 320

    The Founding of the Gupta Empire

    The Founding of the Gupta Empire
    The Gupta empire was also in the Indian subcontinent and allowed a stable environment for the Hindu religion to grow. *The image shows a few different idols, symbols and pieces of architecture that were found in the Gupta empire.*
  • 500

    The Gupta Empire in Ruins

    The Gupta Empire in Ruins
    The Gupta empire is overthrown by Hun, civilization from central Asia, and is split up. *The images shows the path the Huns are believed to have taken to India.*
  • 600

    Breaking up

    Breaking up
    Buddism and Jainism form and the Hindu faith loses many of its followers. *The image shows a Buddist statue.*
  • 1100

    Sharing the land

    Sharing the land
    Muslims arrive in India, making an impact in the advancement of the Hindu faith. *The image shows part of a muslim fetival.*
  • Hindu Renaissance!

    Hindu Renaissance!
    Around 1600, the Hindu texts were interpreted and translated to allow for more people to understand them. Around this time there was also a social reform of the Hindu communities and the religion as a whole. *The image shows a drawing of a Hindu woman rejoicing the revival of her religion.*
  • British East India gets Trading rights

    British East India gets Trading rights
    A Muslum majority empire, the Mughal empire, in the Indian subcontinent was going downhill fast. With the original intention of making money, British East India gained trading rights in Mughal which gave it a larger influence in what took place in the Indian subcontinent (which was where the majority of Hindu civilization lived). *The image shows the Mughal empire's flag.*
  • India under the British Crown

    India under the British Crown
    Because of the power struggle in India, the trade rights agreement was put on hold and India went under the complete jurisdiction of the British crown. The British wanted to use the country solely for their own economic benefit so they took many resources from the Hindu and Muslum faiths, angering them. *The image shows the flag that's representative of India while under the rule of the british crown.*
  • A New Invasion

    A New Invasion
    British colonization began and set back the development of Hinduism. *The image is of a British flag.*
  • Vedanta Society is Formed

    Vedanta Society is Formed
    The Vedanta society was created and fought for an integrated country as well as the Hindu religion. *The image shows the building the Vedants society ran their meetings in.*
  • A Boycott

    A Boycott
    A lawyer by the name of Mahatma Gandhi (Yes, that Gandhi), fought for a complete boycott of British product by Indian citizens to take power away from the British. This campaign led to his imprisonment, but also made him known worldwide. *The images shows Mahatma Gandhi.*
  • Independence and Migration

    Independence and Migration
    Britain agreed to give India independence, however by complaints from Muslum communities India was split into Pakistan (Muslum) and Hindu India. The excessive migration, unfortunately, caused many deaths. *The image shows a newspaper cover with an article about India's newfound independance.*