Is the Hinduism we practise today, Vedic?

Ranveer Allahbadia did a recent interview with Acharya Prashant in Hindi, titled Forgotten Hinduism. Ranveer tries to talk to Acharya about hot takes and it takes time for him to reach the point about the question of whether the Hinduism we practice today Vedic?

Acharya Prashant says that the Hinduism we practise today is not Vedantic. He says that the Hinduism we practise today involves praying to Puranic Gods following Tantric rituals and methods.

He defines the periods from an average of 2000 B.C.E. He refers to the period from second to eight century CE is the Puranic period.

He says that we no longer pray to Vedic gods (like Indra, Varun etc.). He claims that worship in the Vedic era was mostly the worship of the natural phenomena. He claim that Vedic worship did not have the concept of idol worship and does not involve temple worship.

He suggests that Vedic practice begins with reading a few suggested Upanishads and books by the Adi Shankara.

  • Atma-bodha by Adi Shankara
  • Tatva-bodha by Adi Shankara
  • Niralamba Upanishad
  • Sarvasara Upanishad
  • Ishavasya/Isha Upanishad
  • Kena Upanishad
  • Katha Upanishad
  • Ashtavakra Upanishad

After the initial reading on Indian philosophy, this is what I plan to start reading this year. I may not read it all in two months like the Acharya suggests, but I will read through these after I begin with the Mandukya Upanishad.