Religions in India

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Religions in India

India known as the land of spirituality and philosophy, was the birthplace of some religions, which even exist today in the world.

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Hinduism

The most dominant religion in India today is Hinduism.

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Hinduism

About 80% of Indians are Hindus. Hinduism is known to its followers as Sanatana Dharma (a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law", "the eternal law that sustains/upholds/surely preserves"), amongst many other expressions. Popularly known as Hinduism, is a colorful religion with a vast gallery of Gods and Goddesses.

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Hinduism

Hinduism is one of the ancient religions in the world. It is supposed to have developed about 5000 years ago. Later on in ancient period other religions developed in India.

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Jainism Buddhism

Around 500 BC two other religions developed in India, namely, Buddhism and Jainism. Today only about 0.5% of Indians are Jains and about 0.7% are Buddhist.

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Jainism Buddhism

In ancient times Jainism and specially Buddhism were very popular in India.

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Buddhism

Indians who accepted Buddhist philosophy spread it not only within the Indian sub-continent but also to kingdoms east and south of India.

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Sikhism

In 'modern' period new religions were also established in India. One comparatively new religion in India is Sikhism and it was established in the 15th century. About 2% of Indians are Sikhs.

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Din- E - Elahi

There were other attempts to create new religions in India but they did not always succeed. For example, a Moghul emperor, Akbar, who reigned between 1556 - 1605, tried to establish a new religion, Din- E- Elahi, but it did not survive.

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Lingayat

There are other religious philosophies whose believers see themselves as a separate religion, but they do not always get this recognition. For example Lingayat of south India see themselves as a different religion, while others see them as a sect of Hinduism.

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Islam

Along with the religions that developed in India, there are followers of non- Indian religions. The largest non-Indian religion is Islam. They are about 12% of India's population.

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Christians

Christians are more then 2% of India's population.

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Zoroastrians

There are also Zoroastrians who even though make less then 0.01% of India's population, are known around India.

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Jews

There are also a few thousand Jews in India. Judaism and Christianity might have arrived in India before they arrived in Europe.

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