Religions of India

Renu Shekhawat By : Renu Shekhawat
Religions of India

Religions of India, India is one of the most spiritual places on the planet. India is a land of diversities. This diversity is also visible in religions. The main religions of India are Hinduism (majority religion), Islam (largest minority religion), Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and the Bahá’í faith. India is a land where people of different religions and cultures live in harmony. This harmony is seen in the celebration of festivals. The message of love and fraternity is expressed by all the religions and cultures of India. Below is information about the different religions practiced in India.

Religions of India

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Religions of India


Religions of India, it is the most widespread religion, practiced by 82% of the inhabitants of the country, that is, some 850 million people (the data is always approximate). Hinduism originated in India and is considered the oldest religion in history, although some prefer to consider it a “philosophy” or a “way of life” rather than a religion, since it lacks some characteristics typical of a religious movement ( it has no founder, no “church” or centralized authority, no dogmas, beliefs or practices gathered in a single book …) Perhaps this makes it a markedly flexible religion, as well as a polytheist. Its development has been built over the centuries through the assimilation, adaptation or inclusion of other beliefs.


Religions of India, Approximately 13% of the inhabitants of India are Muslims, about 150 million people, which makes it the second most important religion in the country. India is the 3rd country in the world in a number of Muslim practitioners, after Indonesia and Pakistan and more or less on par with Bangladesh or Nigeria. Islam is a monotheistic religion based on the Koran, which contains the teachings given by Allah, the only God, to the Prophet Muhammad.


Religions of India, It is estimated that approximately 2.5% of the Indian population practices Christianity (that is, some 26 million people). Its practice is closely linked to the colonial past of the country and the government of English, Portuguese or French at different times and religions, although the origin goes back to the arrival of Santo Tomás to the coasts of the south of the country, in the year 52 d.C. Christianity is a monotheistic religion, which follows the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, son of God. Its precepts are recorded in the Bible. The majority of Indian Christians are Catholics (60%).

Religions of India


Religions of India, in India, there are about 20 million Sikhs, which means approximately 2% of the total population. It is also possible to find about 3 million Sikhs outside India, in Singapore or Malaysia, as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States. It is a young religion, emerged in India in the fifteenth century as a reaction to certain practices and dogmas not shared with Hinduism and Islam. The Sikhs (or Sikhs) believe in a single god and in the teachings of their ten gurus, collected in the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib.

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