Religions in India

India is well known as the land of spirituality and philosophy. It was the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

The most dominant religion of today in Inda is Hinduism. The second largest religion is Islam. The third largest religion is Christianity at 2.3%, and the fourth largest religion is Sikhism at about 1.9% of India's population.

HINDUISM - about 82%
ISLAM - about 12%
CHRISTIANITY - about 2.5%
SIKHISM - about 2%
BUDDHISM - about 0.7%
JAINISM - about 0.5%
ZOROASTRIANISM - about 0.01%
JUDAISM - about 0.0005%

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

In ancient times Jainism and specially Buddhism were very popular in India. Indians who accepted Buddhist philosophy spread it not only within the Indian sub-continent but also to kingdoms east and south of India.

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

The comparatively new religion in India is Sikhism. It was established in the 15th century.

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

Generally, Indians are tolerant of other religions and retain a secular outlook.


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