Additional information & links
The caste system:
An essay on this topic has been relocated to another essay.
Hindu sects and denominations:
About 80% of Hindus are Vaishnavites, who worship Lord Vishnu. Others follow various
reform movements or neo-Hindu sects.
Various sects of Hinduism have evolved into separate religious movements, including Hare Krishna, Sikhism and Theosophy.
Transcendental Meditation was derived from a Hindu technique of meditation. The
movement has borrowed many of its concepts from Hinduism.
What does the mark on the forehead mean?
The colored dot is variously referred to as a "tilaka," "bottu,"
"bindiya," "kumkum," or "bindi." It is a sign of piety, and a reveals to
other people that the wearer is a Hindu. It symbolizes the third eye -- the one
focused inwards toward God. Both men and women wear it, although the practice
among men is gradually going out of style. In the past, many unmarried women
wore black marks, whereas many married women wore red. But in recent times,
women often wear dots that match the color of their saris. 4
The Hindu symbol "Om" (or "Aum") contains the sounds a-u-m, In Sanskrit. The letters "A" and "U" together form the sound "O." The three letters represent:
- the three parts of the universe: earth, atmosphere and heavens,
- the three main Hindu deities: Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, and
- The three Vedic scriptures: Rg, Yajur, and Sama.
Hindu sites on the Internet:
Web sites with lists of links to Hinduism:
Web sites devoted to Hindu information, festivals, fasts, temples, rituals, tours, etc:
||Ved Sutra has Hindu information "... from Ganesh to Sai Baba, from Krishna to Ram. VedSutra contains information about Hinduism, Hindu Gods and Hindu Mythology.
|Bharatonline.com is a travel agency in India that supplies customized vacation packages, hotel bookings, airline tickets, railway
tickets and car rentals. See:
http://www.bharatonline.com/ They have an information section on Hindu
temples in India at:
|The Char Dham Tours describe a pilgrimage to holy sites in India.
|Diwali fesival contains "Information on festival
celebrations for diwali, bhai duj, dhan teras, govardhan puja, lakshmi
puja, kali pooja. Also find pooja process, gift traditions, importance,
calendar, rangoli patterns, divali cards and divali recipes." See:
|Durga Puja is a website maintained by the Society for
Confluence of Festivals in India. They have a site devoted to the
Durga Puja celebration, dedicated to the Goddess Durga, the Mother
of the Universe. See:
|123 Greetings provides many free online greeting cards that
you can send to friends and loved ones at Diwali. See:
||Kashi Miksha Inc. provides service toHindus living around the world by performing last rituals at holy Ganges on behalf of the deceased's family member. See: http://www.kashimoksha.com/index.htm|
|Holi-Cards facilitates sending free online greeting cards for
Holi (a.k.a. Vasant Mahotsava and Kama Mahotsava). This is Hinduism's spring
festival, celebrated on the day after the first full moon in March. See:
|Hindu Festivals.com features quotations, a Hindu calendar based
on astrology, free cards celebrating Hindu festivals, etc. See:
Web sites that discuss Hinduism:
|There is a Hindu E-mail digest at: http://www.hindunet.org/|
|Faith Library has a series of essays in their "Rites and Rituals"
section on many religions, including Hinduism. See:
|Hindu Paintings has an amazing and beautiful website, with
many articles describing symbolism in Hindu art. See:
|Hinduism Today is a "Monthly Magazine Affirming Sanatana Dharma and Recording the Modern History of a Billion-Strong Global Religion in Renaissance."
See: http://www.himalayanacademy.com/ |
|The Hindu Universe has a great deal of information available on Hindu scriptures,
news groups, WWW sites, festivals, customs, anti-defamation work, etc. See: http://www.hindunet.org|
||Khatu Shyam ji is the name of Lord Krishna's present time Incarnation. He is worshiped all over india as well as in the rest of the world. He is believed to fulfill all wishes of his devotees. See: http://www.khatushyam.in/|
|Two Newsgroups devoted to Hinduism are:|
|| Pathways to Metaphysics contains many Hindu-related essays. See:
|Sacred-texts.com has descriptions and translations of Hindu
sacred texts. See: http://www.sacred-texts.com/|
|A website devoted to Shaivam -- the branch of Hinduism that worships Lord Shiva -- is at:
|The Vivekananda Centre London is a non-commercial Hindu educational
organization which follows the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami
Vivekananda. See: http://www.btinternet.com|
|Wisdom of Vedas has sections dealing with current issues,
beliefs, ancient temples, religious literature, etc. See:
|The World Vaisnava Association's home page is at: http://www.wva-vvrs.org/|
|The World Wide Center for Self-Realization has a website
with many essays on spirituality, Hinduism, the Bhagvad Gita, Jainism,
Yoga, the Upanishads, meditation, etc. See:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "The Caste system," at: http://members.tripod.com/
- "India's social customs and systems: The caste system,"
- " 'Untouchables' on Verge of Turning to Christ," Religion Today
summaries for 2001-OCT-5.
- "Dot your eye," Snopes.com, at:
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