INDIA – A LAND OF RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

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Unity in Diversity

India is most popularly famous as a ‘land of spirituality and philosophy’.   It is titled as an incredible India, due to its culture, languages, religion and celebrations.    The varying spiritual beliefs in India offer an unbelievable sketch.   For centuries, religious diversity is a way of defining religious characteristics of India. Well, we all are aware, India is a no state religion country, and even then the different regions with diverse religions occupy a central role.

When it comes to relations, the India is the one where social connections are very strong.  India is a secular state where all religions of the world are practiced.  ‘Unity in Diversity’ is the main motto that has connected people of different religions.

A wide variety of religions in India includes Hinduism (majority religion), Islam (largest minority religion), Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Bahá’í Faith.

One can get the message of love and brotherhood from all the religions and cultures of India.  The fascinating statistics of Indian population depicts the picture of India’s religious unity.   No matter whether it’s a celebration of Diwali, Christmas or any other eve, all are celebrated with a shared emotion to bring people together.

Tourists from the different parts of the world, visit India to enjoy the traditions, culture and festivals of different religions with pomp and show.   With the every coming year, there comes a slight difference in the ratio of people in India on the basis of their religion.  When it comes to determine, then, according to a survey the ration of Hindus and Muslims stand top respectively.   In South India, the majority of Christians are found which makes Kerala hold a healthy figure of Christianity.  Some people believe that in India, religion is all about community, behaviours and beliefs.

Talking about the major blocs of religious groups in India, then Hindu religion is the one that makes up around 80% of the country.  Well, this religion like other religions is not under any governing body.  It’s not that all Hindus follow only their religion, there are many who usually participate in the activities of different religions and their taste, behaviour varies widely depending on the community.

Most of us are of the belief that Pakistan or Iraq comprises a large part of the Muslim population. Well, this is completely wrong.  India is the one only country that forms a major part of the Muslim population.  It has been estimated that more than 10% of the world’s Muslims live in India.

Among the various religious groups, Sikhs are the ones whose presence and influence on India is stronger that their numbers.  In Punjab state, Sikhs are the majority religious groups with more than 60% of the population.

Well, apart from these religions there are Buddhism, Jains, Parsis and more are also occupying a major part of India and are the prominent religions.    The culture and traditions of each religion in India is making this land popular among the tourists worldwide.