Religion - India -


Religion in India is a part of life. Though Hinduism is the dominant religion, Indians have learnt to co-exist with people of other faiths.

Whether it is the ancient shlokas of the Hindu prayers, the aazaans of the Muslim prayers, the gurvani of the Sikhs or the chanting of the Buddhist monks - all fill the sky simultaneously. The main religious communities in India are Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis.


Muslims are India's largest religious minority, accounting for nearly 10% of India's population. The teachings of Islam, closely corressponds with the Old Testament of the Bible, also Moses and Jesus are both accepted by the Muslims, although they do not consider Jesus to be the son of God. The aim of every Muslim is to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. The Jama Masjid in Delhi is the largest mosque in India.


Christians in India are generally found in the western coast and Kerala. Christianity has existed in Kerala since very long. Historical evidence shows that the first Indian converts were made by St Thomas, the Apostle himself in 52 AD. St. Thomas preached the Gospel in many parts of India and is said to have been martyred in Madras (now Chennai).


Although Buddhists are a minority in India the religion is of great importance, as this religion originates here. Buddhism was founded in northern India, when prince Siddharta renounced the world and sought enlightenment.It is a religion of philosophy, which has a code of morality.


Sikhism was born out of the teachings of Guru Nanak, at the beginning of the 16th Century. This movement rejected the hemony and the socio-economic divisions of the brahmanical society. .


Like Buddha, Mahavir was the prince who founded the Jain religion. In fact the two were almost contemporaries.



Founded in Persia by the prophet Zarathustra in the 6th or 7th Century BC, Zorastrianism is one of the oldest religions in the world. He was born in Mazar-i-Sharif, which is now in Afghanistan.




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