Books About Hinduism: Read These Books… [2023 Update]
What are the different books on Hinduism? Here you will find a small overview of books on this subject. Read along…
The top 10 best books about hinduism
Criteria for compiling these recommended books
Our editors have carefully read as many as possible books about this subject. Then, they used the following criteria for choosing the best picks:
- The literary quality of the books.
- The amount of books sold worldwide.
- The professional reviews in newspapers.
- The expertise and experience from the author.
- The quality of the examples, knowledge and practicality
- The actuality and whether the information is useful or too old.
- Our editor’s opinions: they have read and judged the books extensively.
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1.The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World’s Oldest Religion
This is a highly recommended book to anyone interested in learning about Hinduism, especially for those who know little about it. The book delves into the history, practices and how Hinduism is practiced in modern times. An insightful and well-written guide.
2.Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices
This is our pick for any parents looking to teach their children about Hinduism for the first time. Religion is a complex idea and this book brilliantly simplifies it while maintaining the core foundations of the religion and beliefs. A great learning tool!
3.Hinduism Made Easy: Hindu Religion, Philosophy and Concepts
This is great for anyone learning about Hinduism for the first time as the book clarifies information about the religion with useful pictures. Such a well-written and comprehensive guide to the religion and concepts/philosophy behind it.
4.Hinduism: What You Need to Know about the Hindu Religion, Gods, Goddesses, Beliefs, History, and Rituals
While it takes on a complex subject, this book is so easy and enjoyable to read. One of the most comprehensive guides to a religion on the market, shedding light on the Hindu Religion, Gods, Goddesses, Beliefs, History, and Rituals.
5.Shakti Rising: Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness
This book is loaded with so much information and intelligence on an interesting subject. Each part is committed to one of the 10 goddesses. A great read for those practicing Hinduism who want to achieve wholeness by following the teachings of the goddesses.
6.Diwali (Celebrate the World)
This is an ideal starter book that features the festivals and merriments during the 5 days of Diwali. Our pick for anyone looking to learn a bit more about the festival, especially if you are attending for the very first time. A fantastic celebratory read!
7.Amma Tell Me About Holi!
The bright and sweet photos of the array of amazing characters really help to make them relatable and keep the children reading interested. For anyone looking to teach children about the Hindu festival of Holi, this should be your go-to purchase.
8.The Reign of the Vedic Gods (The Galaxy of Hindu Gods Book 1)
In this book, stories are shared of every God, the lessons they instructed, and the daily routines they experienced. A fantastic and eye-opening read for anyone looking to learn more about Hindu gods, specifically the Vedic gods.
9.The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
Strongly suggested as fundamental reading for those with a genuine interest in self enquiry. This book compiles the teachings of Gandhi on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the holy Hindu scripts. An important and crucial read for anyone practicing Hinduism.
10.A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid: Kid’s Hindu prayer, rhyming and activity book
This is such an interesting and fun read for Hindu children, giving them a sense of relatability and representation. Not only is it fun but it is packed full of useful information, acitivities, rhymes, prayers, and much more. A great education tool!
Sacred Books of Hinduism: The Four Vedas
Within Hinduism there are several holy books. These are called Vedas and are 3,000 years old. These books contain parables about God and lessons about how to live.
As with many ancient sacred books, the Vedas were first passed on by word of mouth. The books were then written in Sanskrit. There are four Vedas: the Rig-Veda, the Atharva-Veda, the Yajur-Veda and the Sama-Veda.
Bhagavad Gita: ‘the fifth Veda’
The Bhagavad Gita was passed on orally for centuries and recorded in book form between the 5th and 2nd centuries BC. The parables in the Bhagavad Gita are, among other things, about Krishna as a messenger from God.
More books on Hinduism
There are a great number of additional books on Hinduism. For example there is Alan Watts, who always involves all Eastern religions and movements in his story.