If Hinduism was not founded by a particular prophet, who were Rama and Krishana?
A large majority of Hindus believe in the concept of Avtara, which means one who descends or comes down. They believe that God comes down to earth in human form, whenever righteousness declines and wickedness is rampant, thus threatening the existence of God-loving, virtuous, people. Hindus consider Rama and Krishna as Avataras (the incarnation of God) who destroyed wickedness, and re-established righteousness by exemplifying ideal human behaviour. Hinduism pre-existed Rama and Krishna. Some sects of Hinduism do not believe that God does or has to taken human form. Instead, God sends special messengers with superhuman power to re-establish righteousness. Rama, Krishna, Moses, Christ, Buddha and Mohammed are regarded as such messengers of God.
This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.