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published: 5/12/12
updated: 2/18/14

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Religion in India





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Religion in India Fast Facts

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Summary of Religion in India

India’s constitution declares that Indian citizens have religious freedom.

India has a profound religious heritage due in part to it being the home to four major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism.

As opposed to some countries in Asia, the majority of Indians claim and practice a religion today, and most identify with Hinduism. Approximately 80% of India’s 1 billion people are Hindus.





Islam is the next largest religion. India has the third most Muslims of any country in the world.  

Christianity and Sikhism each comprise less than 5% of the Indian population.

And despite India being their birthplace, adherents to Buddhism and Jainism are statistically less than 1 of the population.

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Sources

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