Introduction to Hinduism – About it


This course is designed to provide an overview of Hinduism and is suitable for non-Hindus to gain a very brief understanding of Hinduism.


A brief syllabus of the course “Introduction to Hinduism” is given below.

Introduction (Sanatan dharma, Definitions, Denominations and Diversity, Unity, Colonial influences), Beliefs, Purusharthas, Philosophies,  Karma, Moksha, Concept of God, Traditions, Symbols, Scriptures, Rituals and Ceremonies, Rites of Passage, Bhakti, Festivals, Pilgrimage, Varnas, Yoga,  Ahimsa, Vegetarianism, Temples, Ashramas of Life, Sanyasa, , Attitude of others, Hinduism in Australia.

Course Lessons

There are following lessons in this course.

How to study this course

Welcome to the study of an introductory course on Hinduism conducted by Hindu Council of Australia. This is a self study course.  You have to study each lesson and then answer the quiz for that lesson. Upon successful passing of all the Quiz with at least passing marks, you have successfully completed the course and are eligible for the award of a “Introduction to Hinduism” certificate by Hindu Council of Australia.

You have to study each lesson and pass all quiz to complete this course. 

Each lesson is followed by a quiz. You will find a “To-do Test/Exam” link at the bottom of each lesson to take you to the quiz. 

Each quiz has a set of questions. The quiz shows one question at a time. A question is explained followed by a number of choices as answers to the question. You have to tick the choice that corresponds to the correct answer to that question. 

After you have answered a question, you will be shown next question and its choices of answers. You have to keep answering all the questions till the end.

When you have answered all the questions, the system will work out your grade and show it to you. The system will also send you an email explaining correct answer to each question.

If your grade is not up to the mark (i.e. it is not A or B), you need to study the lesson again and take the quiz again. You can take a quiz as many times as you want. Once you have passed a lesson (grade A or B), you will be deemed to have passed the lesson. On passing all lessons, you have completed all requirements and are ready to download your Certificate.

Register for the course

The course is Free. If you would like to study this course, please register for the course by clicking here.

If you have already registered for the course you can logon to the course website at any time by going to Log in

(When you login, we suggest you to tick “Remember Me” tick box. This will keep you logged in the system and you would not have to enter your user id/password every time. After you have logged on to the system, you are ready to start your course. Click here to start your course. If you have already started the course and want to find out your current status in the course and what needs to be done further please go to and look under Lessons to do)


This course has been prepared by Surinder Jain with advice and contribution from Pandit Ram Ramanuja Achari.  Special thanks to Wikipedia whose material including images have been used.


If you need any help or would like to contact a course administrator, please click here  or email us at ecourse @


Q1 : I have registered but did not get my user id/password or I want to reset my password

Answer : It takes up to 24 hours to set up your user id after you have registered for the course at register for the course by clicking here.

If you would like to reset your password please follow the steps below:
2. click on “Certificate in Hinduism” icon or directly go to
3. Click on Login (under register the course heading) or go to My account – Hindu Council of Australia
4. Click on “Lost your password”
5. Enter your email address to reset your password
6. After you have reset your password, go to to commence your course.

Q2: I have already started the course and done one lesson, how do I do rest of the lessons.

Answer: To find out your current status in the course and what needs to be done further please go to

Q3: When I click on a lesson, I see only one paragraph. How do I complete this lesson by getting tested on it.

Answer: If you click on a lesson you should see a full description of the lesson and a li k to take its test/quiz at the bottom of the lesson. If instead you see only one paragraph of the lesson and do not see how to take a test/quiz on the lesson, it means you have not logged on to the couse website. Please logon to the course website by clicking on My account – Hindu Council of Australia




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