People of India
India is a country with a wide-ranging scenery and an eclectic mix
of numerous religions, castes and creeds. It is no wonder that India has
even today maintained its singularity, in terms of races and the customs and
traditions they follow. For tourists, India is a country with a heady blend
of the classic and the contemporary. On the one hand, you come to observe
fashionistas in the hot and happening cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi
and Kolkata. On the other, you have the rural folks of Rajasthan to interact
with or the villagers residing in the eastern and the southern parts of the
The Indian constitution allows all to practise their own religions and you
can truly observe the harmonious combination, though at time disturbed due
to some unsocial elements, in every direction you head towards. Let's have a
look at the major religious communities of India.
genesis of the Hindu faith dates back to the arrival of the Aryans more than
4,000 years ago. This system of belief is not the result of a single prophet
or a single holy book. It preaches that the human soul is immortal and
mentions three principal paths that ultimately lead to the unification of
the individual soul with the all-pervasive spirit. It respects all the
religions and never seeks or promotes converts. The Bhagvad Gita, the most
sacred book of the Hindus, captures the true essence of the Hindu faith.
Jain and Budh Community
Jainism came into existence during the 6th century BC. It's propagator,
Mahavira conveyed to all the message of asceticism, austerity and
non-violence. And it was almost around the same time when Lord Buddha came
out with the concept of Nirvana, achieve through the conquest of the inner
self. Needless to say, Buddha's teachings, which were meant to be a way of
life, reached far and across. Before long, this system of beliefs won
countless adherents all over the world.
The Islamic faith entered the Indian domain around the 7th century,
introduced by the Arab traders to the southern part of the country first.
Later, the arrival of the Afghans and the Mughals influenced the spread of
Islam much. Islam confirms: 'There is but one God' and follows religious
tolerance. Over the centuries, the religion has emerged as one of the
strongest system of beliefs in the world.
was founded by Guru Nanak during the 15th century. He came up with the
message of unity of God and brotherhood of the mankind. Through its ideal
disciplines and ideal message, the Sikh faith started expanding its circle
soon. Today, the religion has millions of adherents across the country and
It wasn't long after Jesus Christ's crucification that Christianity came to
India with its message. The spread of this faith in India is attributed to
St Thomas. The Roman Catholic established its root in India with the arrival
of St Francis Xavier in 1542. The Christian community can be met with almost
in every corner of the country.
Other religious communities calling India their home include the
Zoroastrians and the Jewish. The total number of Zoroastrians in the world
adds up to 130,000; out of which 10,000 reside in Iran while the rest abide
in India. The arrival of the Jewish at the Malabar Coast of Kerala can be
traced back to 973 BC.