The Indus Valley religion was widespread, and many of the basic tenets have found their way into modern day religions. During the Harappan period, Hinduism found its roots in the Indus River Valley region. Stonework found by architects has shown images of one of the Hindu gods known as the Shiva Lingam. There was also an animistic aspect of the Indus Valley religion, and this was determined after finding evidence of gods being depicted with bull-like horns and other animistic features. However, there is no evidence that a religious temple was built and existed in the Indus River Valley.
Almost everyone knows what a swastika looks like and if you ask someone on the street, they will most likely tell you that it was invented by Adolf Hitler during World War II. Sadly, they are wrong. There is evidence that the Indus River Valley was one of the first civilizations that used the symbol of the swastika. Historians have been unable to interpret in which way the Indus River Valley people used the swastika. This symbol was not used for anti-Semitic purposes by the Indus River Valley people, unlike Adolf Hitler, who gave the symbol its infamous reputation. Rather, it was used as common symbol by many Southeast Asian civilizations at the time. However, the purpose of the symbol and the reason for its use cannot be determined by the evidence found that support the existence of this civilization.
There is also evidence to show the Buddhism may have acquired some of its roots in the Indus River Valley. Many of the statues found by archaeologists were in positions that can now be determined as yoga positions. The movements in yoga are closely related to the positions required for meditation in the Buddhist style. There are also early examples of Jainism. One such object is a four-faced human seal, which is a common symbol used by the religion of Jainism. This religion believed strongly in non-violence.
The Indus Valley religion helped define a civilization that existed thousands of years ago, as well as many of those that came after it. Some of the religions that the Indus River Valley civilization influenced were Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. Some artifacts have also shown images of the swastika being portrayed; however, very little evidence has been found to help historians understand why and how this symbol was used by the people of the Indus Valley civilization. Due to the vast size of this group, its religious outreach was extensive as it expanded and influenced religions that are still presently followed by modern day religious people.