Indian religion - How many religions in India? Main, major religions?

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India is a land of different religions which are characterised by various religious practices and beliefs. Here in this article, we will discuss about Indian religion, religion in India, religion of India and find out how many religions in India, what are major or main religions in India. India facts for kids.

How many relgions in India?

Religion in India is characterised by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. The Indian subcontinent is the birthplace of some of the world's major religions; namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.  Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Baha'i Faith are also practiced in India. Throughout India's history, religion has been an important part of the country's culture. Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the country by the law and custom; the Constitution of India has declared the right to freedom of religion to be a fundamental right.

Main, major religions in India

 Religions in India and symbol

What is the most popular religion in India?

India is home to many religions, but the dominant one is Hinduism. Hinduism, which originated in India, is practiced by over 80 percent of India's population and is the world's oldest religious and philosophical system. Islam is the dominant foreign religion and is practiced by 13 percent of the population.

Hinduism - The most popular religion in India

Hinduism is the most popular religion in India

What are main or major religions in India?

According to the 2011 census, 78.35% of the population of India practice Hinduism and 14.88% adhere to Islam, while the remaining 6.77% adheres to other culture religions (Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and indigenous ethnic religions).

Christianity is the 3rd largest religion in India and the largest religion in the world. Zoroastrianism and Judaism also have an ancient history in India, and each has several thousands of Indian adherents. India has the largest population of people adhering to Zoroastrianism (i.e. Parsis and Iranis) and Bahá'í Faith in the world, even though these religions are not native to India. Many other world religions also have a relationship with Indian spirituality, such as the Baha'i faith which recognises Buddha and Krishna as manifestations of the God Almighty.

The Muslim population of India is the third largest in the world. India also has the third largest Shia population in the world and being the cradle of the Ahmadiyya Islam, it is one of the countries in the world with at least 1 million Ahmadi Muslims. The shrines of some of the most famous saints of Sufism, like Moinuddin Chishti and Nizamuddin Auliya, are found in India, and attract visitors from all over the world. India is also home to some of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture, such as the Taj Mahal and the Qutb Minar. Civil matters related to the community are dealt with by the Muslim Personal Law, and constitutional amendments in 1985 established its primacy in family matters.

Jainism, along with Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, is one of the four major Dharma religions originating in India. In general, Jains are extremely well-represented inspite of the fact that they form only 0.4% (around 4.2 million) of India's total population. 

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