What does “Hindu” mean?
•The word Hindu is not very as it does not appear in Hindu scriptures. There are many interesting stories about its origin. Many historians believe early Hindu civilization developed along the banks of the river Sindhu in India (now in Pakistan). The most popular theory is that the word Hindu is a distorted version of the word Sindhu. It is believed the ancient Persians, who lived on the other side of the river Sindhu, pronounced the letter ‘S’ as ‘H’. Hence, the word Sindhu became Hindu, and the Persians referred to the ancient Indians living on the opposite side of the Sindhu River as Hindus. However, a Sanskrit verse in the ancient Hindu writings, Birhanaradi Purana, contradicts the Persian origin theory . According to this verse, the word Hindu is a combination of the first letter “Hi” of Himalayas and the last compound letter “ndu” of the word Bindu. It refers to India as Hindusthan, a country lying between the Himalayan mountains and Bindu Sarover (Cape Commorin Sea).
This Q/A was taken from the book _Hinduism: Myth and Reality_ written by _
Ajit Adhopia_ and published by _Inderlekh Publication_.