If you are blind folded and flown into this place by SriVijaya Airlines exchange money to local currency at Bank Ganesha and your tour guide is Abhimanyu , you may mistake this place to be in UP or MP in India but this is Indonesia, this week sitting in the thought bar I would like to explore spread of Hinduism to large parts of Asia.
Hinduism probably the oldest religion in the world started off around 2300BC, around the valley of river SINDHU (modern day Indus River in Pakistan). A religion which has got around 1.2Billion followers spread across the world does not have a single founder like Buddhism or Islam but is a compilation of many traditions and way of life .Swastika and OM (pronounced OUM in Sanskrit) because the two symbols of the religion, the symbol of Swastika was borrowed by the Nazis of Germany only last century.
Ram also known as Ramachandra is a major deity of Hinduism. He is 7th avatar of the God Vishnu, one of his most popular incarnations along with Krishna, One of the sacred book of Hindus is called RAMAYANA which literally means journey of Rama. There are many variations of Ramayana but the most popular of them being Valmiki Ramayana with its 7 Kandas (parts) and 2400 Shlokas. You may want to know that Ramayana is four times longer than Iliad and Odyssey put together. The other sacred books are BHAGAWAT GITA and THE VEDAS.