History of Religion in India



In ancient India, Hinduism was the predominant religion. Hinduism is considered to be the oldest main religion which had its origin in northern India. The early Vedic culture was for the early Hinduism where its interaction with the cultures that were not Aryan let to the development of what is referred to as classical Hinduism. You should know that a lot of things in the classical, ancient and the modern culture of Indians were greatly shaped by the idea of Hindu. In the modern world, there is still a nation that uses Hinduism as the religion of the state.


It is known as Buddha dharma in ancient India. It has its origin from the north of India just like Hinduism and it is the present day Bihar. In the 9th century, the followers of this religion were counting up to millions. However what led to the decline of this religion in India is disputable; it is believed that the interaction between Hindu and the Buddhist societies led to the formation of movements that competed with Buddhism. In the recent years, however, there have been attempts to revive the religion and the progress has fruits. People are converted to this religion including prominent leaders.

Christianity in India

Research has shown that religion was first brought to India by a certain apostle by the name of Thomas. He did much in converting people from southern India and hence they continued to practice the religion until today. Later it receives consolidation after the arrival of a Christian who was a Jewish named Knanaya. People who received this religion have a strong belief and their Christianity is one of the most ancient which is also referred to as the Eastern Orthodox Church. They bank on the biblical purpose of life. During the colonization period, Catholicism for the Romans also reached India at around 1498.

Islam in India

The religion arrived in India at around the 8th century. Despite the fact that the culture of Indians was already rich, the religion also contributed to its enhancement to a greater level. It shaped the northern classical music for the Indians as well as encouraging the development of the Urdu literature. This refers to the melding of the Arabic, Persian and the Hindi languages. There were around 130 million people in 2001 who were Muslims in India. Most of these people received their conversion during the period of Mughal. They currently live in the west and the north of the country.

Indian Jews

They are among the religious minority who live in the predominantly Hindu people. Judaism was, however, the first religion to get to India and local people were assimilated into it by cultural diffusion. It is not something difficult to estimate the population of this religion since its followers have distinct origins. There are those who came from the Judah kingdom and some are from lost tribes of Israel who were ten. About a half the total population of Jews live in Mizoram and some live in Mumbai. They have however suffered due to attacks from terrorists hence enmity between the Islam and the Jews and Hindus.


History of Religion in India
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