India has a rich culture with many religions. Tourists also find it interesting to come across something new in different regions of India. If you are thinking to visit the country first time, be ready to discover amazing facts about its diverse religions.
The country is a birth place of 4 major religions of the world namely Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. In the history of India, religions played a big role to establish its unique culture. Tolerance and diversity of religions are established by custom and law.
In spite of diverse religions and cultures in different states of India, you can find people living together with a great unity. That amazes me about the country and attracts me to visit its extraordinary land often.
Religions in India:
- Hinduism – approximately 82%
- Islam – approximately 12%
- Christian – approximately 2.5%
- Sikhism – approximately 2%
- Buddhism – approximately 0.7%
- Jainism – approximately 0.5%
- Zoroastrianism – approximately 0.1%
- Judaism – approximately 0.0005%
India also has a great history for Judaism and Zoroastrianism religions. You can still find many people adhering to these religions in India
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions of the world. It is the largest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam. Hinduism is the leading faith in India. Around 82 percent population of India believes Hinduism.
Islam is one of the major religions of India. It forms around 12 percent population of India. Though, only followers of Islam are 12 percent population of the country, it has stronger influence in Indian society.
There are around 2.5% people of India who believe in Christianity. Interesting fact is that the total Christian population of India is more than the combined population of New Zealand and Australia. Even it is more than many European countries.
Sikhism is the youngest religion in India. Around 2 percent of Indian population believes in Sikhism. The word ‘Sikh’ denotes a disciple, so Sikhism is mainly a way of discipleship.
Buddhism was originated in Indian in 563 and 483 BC. The Lord Buddha was born in India and was a price of Kapilvastu. His real name was Siddhartha Gautama. Around 0.7% population of India believes in Buddhism.
Around 0.5% population of India believes in Jainism. Most of the Jains are famous for trade and business. Rajasthan and Gujarat states of Indian have the highest population of Jains in the country.
The population of Zoroastrians (Parsis) is only around 0.1% but it is one of the main religions of India. Most of the Zoroastrians are established in Mumbai (financial capital of Indian) and Gujarat.
There are only a few Jews left in India but the history of Judaism is very famous in the country.