Have a question about Hinduism? Now you need look no further. The Encyclopaedia of Hinduism—11 hardbound volumes with full-colour illustrations—is here to enlighten you. The encyclopaedia, which was 25 years in the making, is the brainchild of Swami Chidanand Saraswati of the Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh. A frequent visitor to the US, Swami Chidanand realised a desperate need for a go-to book on Hinduism and its traditions to answer the many questions that surfaced in the West, especially from children of the growing Indian diaspora.
“The Indian cultural, spiritual tradition—the history, the philosophy—all of that will be properly understood here in the West,” Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, managing editor of the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism, told Outlook. “There are so many misconceptions, so much misinformation about Hinduism and Indian culture. There are many books on the subject, but when one looks for something authoritative, definitive, unbiased, academic, that text had not yet existed.”