October is Hindu Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and learn more about the cultural, intellectual and spiritual legacy of Hinduism. Hinduism is one of the oldest and most diverse religions in the world, with a rich heritage that spans thousands of years. This history has played a part in contributing to science, mathematics, philosophy, literature, arts and celebrations like Diwali, Holi and Ganesha Chaturthi. To better understand the wide range of Hindu traditions — or to just get you in the celebratory mood ahead of Diwali — Google is here to help.
Indian temples featured on Google Arts & Culture
2. Learn about Hindu festivals
Diwali – also known as Deepawali (row of lights) – is one of the most widely celebrated festivals among Hindus. Google Arts & Culture can help you learn about the history of Diwali and many of its legends. You can even scroll through a Diwali coloring book to create your own artwork or try your hand at solving some Diwali-themed puzzles.
Diwali coloring book on Google Arts & Culture
3. Browse books about Hinduism
Google Books has hundreds of texts on all aspects of Hindu heritage. Search for Sanskrit literature like Kālidāsa’s Kumārasambhava and Rtusamhara, books on ancient Hindu contributions to science, spiritual texts like Bhagavad Gita, stories for young children, or books about the basics of Hinduism and its tenets.
4. Use Lens to search what you see
Did you see a festival decoration at a Hindu celebration and want to know more about what it was? Google Lens can help. Just open the Google app, take a photo and Lens will search for the exact item so you can learn more or even shop for it online.
Learn about festival decorations with Google Lens
5. Send holiday greetings with Google Translate
Last year, Google Translate became available in Sanskrit, the language of many of Hinduism’s most revered texts. Whether it’s “wishing you a very happy dussehra” or “Ganpati Bappa Morya! May your path be obstacle-free,” Google Translate can help you easily express yourself in Sanskrit and other Indian languages.
Dussehra greetings translated from English to Gujarati language using Google Translate
6. Illuminate Search with Diyas
If you want to learn more about Hinduism on Google Search, you’ll find a special surprise. Search for “Diwali” and you’ll see a golden diya, a traditional oil lamp typically made from clay. Click on the diya and you’ll find an Easter egg that will illuminate your screen, signifying enlightenment and prosperity.
The Diwali easter egg on Google Search
7. Get in the festive spirit on Meet
On your next Meet call, try out our Diwali background — you’ll find yourself transported to a living room decorated for Diwali, and even get a virtual sparkler in your hand. This effect is rolling out over the next few weeks and will be among a variety of new scenes and backgrounds which include more holiday-themed and timely backdrops and filters.
The new Diwali decoration theme in Google Meet