How did the name 'Hindu' come into being..?
So the sequence is Sindhu -> Hindu -> Indoies .. All these names are very ancient before 600 BC as Greeks and Indians established a direct contact around that time when Greeks captured Bactria in Central Asia / Afganistan.
Some people falsly belive that Persian in above means iranian muslims of middle age , but persian refer to here as ancient people who ruled tha lands between Greek Empire and India and were Zohrastrian ( parasi today)
The history/timeline of Hinduism would be a very interesting topic. As one researches more and more, more and more things keep coming. Yes, there are many sources that indicate many of the historic milestones seen by Hinduism, but is there a recorded history available ? As we see Hinduism is knowledge and experience supported religion, the ancestors have well thought of the need to record some of the important moments in the history. This history is given to us in the form of purANas and itihAsas. The word purANa means old and itihAsa means history. They refer to events that are very many thousands years old.
The history told in these purANas and itihAsas has the information as to who were the key people lived in various points of time - especially the sages and the kings and remarkable achievements by them if any. These texts apart from providing the mere information also serve as the source that inspires people about the heroes of the past. They narr ...more