Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism. Those are just the main eight religions of India. Roughly, here is the breakdown: 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 6% the remaining six. There are also subsects, but we won’t go there in this post.
I. Give. Up.
I had every intention of taking a deep dive into the ocean of Indian religions. I wanted to understand them so that when we visited some of the holy sites, I would have a basic grasp of the beliefs of the faithful. I also wanted to be able to give a thumbnail sketch here. Sadly, it resulted in a belly flop. It only took a few internet queries to realize that I was in way over my head. Much too much to wade through in a short amount of time. The truth is that I am not even going to get my feet wet. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t share pictures of some of the places of worship that we’ve seen here. By the way, it is also important to point out that all these diverse religions get along swimmingly, at least from what we could see. If you decide to dive into the myriad religions of India, just beware of the undertow.