For many of you who do not know, Hinduism was never the official name given to the Hindu religion. Hinduism is the name that was given to the religion practiced people who lived on the banks of the river Sindhu in ancient India. It was later called Indus, and pronounced as Hindu by the Persians. It was from here that the name Hindustan came into being. Ideally, as per the vedas and other Hindu scriptures, Hinduism is more popularly known as "Sanatan Dharma" or "Vaidikka Dharma".