India is the birthplace of four of the world’s religions and home to many others. This page looks at India’s biggest religions and gives links to the main places of worship for each faith in the capital, New Delhi
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, four of the world’s major religions were founded in the subcontinent. India, home to a multitide of faiths, millions of relgious practices and pujas, and countless festivals, takes religion, faith and spiritality seriously.
Here’s a run down of the big six religions with links to more information about the faith and places of worship in the capital, New Delhi.
Hinduism – One of, if not, the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism has no single founder, no single book or scripture and has no binding set of teachings. With so many different practices it’s difficult to pull together an catch all definition of what Hinduism actually is.
Islam – The second biggest faith in India with 172 millions followers, making India home to more Muslims than any other state in the world apart from Indonesia.
Christianity – The world’s biggest religion with around 2 billion followers who follow the teaching of Jesus Christ. India is home to almost 280 million Christians which is about 2.3% of the country’s population
Jainism – An ancient religion offering its followers the chance to liberate their souls, the number of Jains is India is small but they exert powerful influence in politics, business and everyday life
Sikhism – Founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak in the Punjab district, Sikhism stresses the importance of doing good and not only carrying out rituals.
Buddism – A tradition focusing on personal spiritual development, Buddhists do not worship Gods but seek enlightenment following the truths told by the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in the sixth century BC.