Atheism in Hindu Mythology has a great significance. Several popular personalities in Hindu Mythology are atheists. Brihaspati, also known as Deva Guru (Teacher of Gods), is one of the prominent atheists as per Hindu Mythology.
Commenting on ‘Atheist Bus Campaign led in UK, US, Canada and some other parts of Europe, Prakash Shesh, a management consultant, published a feature on Times of India.
Prakash Shesh for Times of India says –
Hindu mythology believes that Brihaspati is the presiding deity of atheists. His philosophy is known as the Charvaka (or Lokayata) school of thought, which rejects Vedic doctrine and ridicules ritual as self-serving procedures of no real benefit to anyone. An estimated 2% of Indias Hindus are atheist. Few of them are aware that their religion allows for atheism. Most of them believe that society regards the atheist as abnormal, immoral and irreligious and this is why many atheists are wary of publicly admitting to their beliefs.