The word Hindus is derived from Sindhu (River induyin Pakistan) The term was originally soed by the Persians for the land on the eastern (Indian) side of the River Indus Sindhu is also mentioned in Mahabharata as a kingdom located on the Indus, around Mithankot in southern Punjab its inhabitants were called Sindhus The Arabs referred to the region as Al-Hind Since early followers of Hinduism were settled in the areas drained by the Indus and its tributanes the dwellers of these Territories were called Hindus The term “Hinduism was first used by the orientalists in the 19th century
Hinduism is among the oldest religious traditions of the world. Thousands of years ago, sages chanted holy songs which the Hindus believe were inspired by the breath of God The roots of this native creed can be traced to prehistoric times, especially the Indus Valley or Bronze Age Civilization (3300-1300 BCE), where certain images and icons such as swastika, can be inked to Hindu symbolism Pashupati (Lord of Animals) seal from Mohenjo-daro, showing a seated figure is Considered a possible representation of a yogi or proto Shiva figure Discovery of fire altars in the Indus Valley End researches on Harappa seals also point in the same direction
Hinduism shaped into a defined religious tradition from the Vedic times te 1500-300 BCE when four canonical collections, called Srut (what are heard or direct intuitional revelations, were composed Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama-Veda and Atharva-Veda The Rig Veda was composed in the north-western region of the Subcontinent now included in Pakistan So were many other sacred texts, epics and legends
The earlier folklore also revolves around areas in the Punjab, such as Raja Risalu and the legend that two cities of the Punjab were founded by the sons of Rama-Lahore by Lava and Kasur by his twin brother Kusa Sapta Sindhu, the land of seven rivers (the indus and its tributaries in the Punjab), and Sindh stand out in the ancient Hindu literature. The Punjab is referred to in Mahabharata as Aratta and its people the Bahlikas, besides Sindh and its inhabitants “Legendary Gandhara people also figure prominently in Hindu literature and epics Pandava brothers spent a part of their 14-year exile in Katas Raj Temples (Punjab Pakistan) Thus, Hinduism is native to the regions of Pakistan and flourished here as Vedic civilization which later flowed into the plains of Gangetic valley and other regions.