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What are some good reference texts on history of Hinduism? [closed]

I am asking about books written by historians on the state/nature of Hinduism through various centuries.
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Are there any strong evidence that Hinduism religion is an ancient one?

This question seems a bit off-topic to me even though I am daring to ask because it is a must to know. There are many believes that the present days Ayodhya, Kurukshetra, Ram Sethu and many other ...
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Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...
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What is the earliest record of the Kali Santarana Upanishad, source of the Hare Krishna Mantra?

As I discuss in this answer, the Hare Krishna mantra, popularized by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his Gaudiya Vaishnava followers (especially the organization ISKCON), originates from the Kali Santarana ...
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Where and when do Lord Shiva's legends originate?

My question is specifically about the earliest times and location of the origin of Lord Shiva's legends. What are the earliest recorded stories about him, do the legends of Shiva originate within ...
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Nag Panchami and its importance?

There are a few questions in my mind regarding Nag Panchami: What is the history and importance of Nag Panchami? Why do we worship Nagas or Snakes in Nag Panchami though we're afraid of them? Why do ...
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Origin of the Law of Karma

The Law of Karma can be said to be the cornerstone of Hindu philosophies. Where in Hindu scriptures do we find the first mention of the Law of Karma? Does it have mention in Vedas?
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Did Tamil Vaishnavites (Iyengars) descend from Shaivites (Iyers)?

Wikipedia article on Iyer has a passage without citations which says: The title 'Iyer' was used as a designation for all Tamil Smartha Brahmins during the medieval period, during which they were ...
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Is it true that Lao-Tzu is actually Siddha Bhoganāthar?

Marshall Govindan wrote the book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition. Here is the summary of Chapter 8. Siddha Boganathar: An Oceanic Life Story. A mission to China and ...
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When did Hinduism spread to south India?

By etymology the word Hindu refers to people living near Sindhu riverbed. So Hindus must have been in North India initially. How and when did Hinduism spread to southern India? Before Hinduism spread ...
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Who gave boon to Vikramaditya to live for 2000 years and why?

It is said that King Vikramaditya lived for exact 2000 years. How did he managed to live so long? was that a boon from some God? or was it a trick?
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Is anything available in hinduism history about the incident of karbala?

I have seen many Hindus who call themselves as hussaini brahmins who worship Imam hussain and his 72 companions. So is the incident of Karbala present in any historical books of Hindus? The thing ...
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Origins of the dowry system

In many religions, a practice/custom or tradition starts with a noble intention, mainly due to prevalent social needs. But with time it is corrupted, or digresses or even becomes obsolete. With that ...
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Why there is gap of 15 days in Shravan Maas of North Indians and Maharashtrians?

I'm pretty much aware of Shravan Maas, we don't eat non-veg and alcohol; some people don't even shave but why there is a gap of 15 days in Shravan Maas of North Indians and Maharashtrians?
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Fulfilled prophecies in Hinduism?

Have there than any recorded prophecies in the Bhagavad Gita or other major Hindu writings that, according to a significant number of Hindus, was later fulfilled in an event known to history?
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Who are the seven immortals (Chiranjeevi)?

Please tell me about the seven immortals in Hinduism? How did they become immortals?
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Is 'yojana' a colloquial unit of measurement?

I see the unit of measurement "yojana" being used frequently in excerpts mentioned on this site. But Mainak, the golden parvat, 100 yojana in width, took shelter of vayu and then consequently was ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya lose a debate against the Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu?

This website, of dubious reliability, claims that Adi Shankaracharya lost in a debate against the Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu: Towards the end of his short life, defeated in debate by the ...
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How did the Vedas in Hinduism come into existence?

Who wrote the Vedas and why? How did the Vedas exist since their inception? Where can we read the Vedas?
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What led to a unified Hinduism?

There were (and still are) many divisions in Hinduism. According to historical facts, these divisions were very deep rooted in the society during the Medieval period. It is also known that there were ...
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Are women allowed to be Hindu sanyasis/monks?

Many religions have a history of disallowing women (or men, in some cases) from being religious leaders. What level of leadership are women allowed to hold in Hinduism? Is there anything ...
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Why and how Rath-yatra in Ahmedabad started?

As today is the day (29th June 2014) when Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balram goes on a Rath yatra and that's famous in Jagannathpuri. Since last 137 years that's happening in Ahmedabad, Gujarat as ...
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When did Hinduism begin?

It is known that Hinduism is one of the oldest religions. But why is it so difficult to date the beginning of Hinduism. We have a lot of scriptures and texts which give us a lot of information but ...
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How and when did astrology become a defining aspect of Hinduism?

Many aspects of Hindu rituals are closely tied with astrology, star gazing and charts. How and when did this start to happen?
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What was the education system in the Gurukuls like?

We have all heard that kids were sent to Gurukul returned as educated men. I wonder what life in a Gurukul was like, what subjects did the kids study, and what activities filled a typical day?
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Why does Srikalahasti Temple remain open during an eclipse?

As we all know, temples remain closed when there is an eclipse. But the Srikalahasti temple remains open even during eclipses and they also do special pujas on these occasions. Please share the story/...
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What is the origin of the word “Hindu”?

It is a fact that the term "Hindu" derives from the river "Sindh". But most of Hinduism's tenets and teachings derive from the Vedas. Why wasn't it named after the Vedas, but it's rather given a name ...
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How has the rise of literacy changed Hindu practice?

In the past, Hindu practice and belief were transmitted largely through oral tradition and localized cultural practices. What are examples of changes in Hindu practice or belief as a result of the ...
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Om symbol ॐ and Devanagari script

I learned the Devanagari script and couldn't help but notice the similarity of the Om symbol ॐ to the symbols of the Devanagari writing system, like अं (never mind that this is pronounced aṃ). My ...
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Were Aryans the forefathers of Hindus?

We have been told that Aryans were living in the Indian subcontinent and that they started the caste and creed system. Is it true that they started the Hindu belief system?