The most dominant religion in India is currently Hinduism comprising of 80 percent of its population. This religion is one of the ancient religion in the world. While looking back at its origin, it is supposed to have developed 5000 years back. Other religions such as Jainism, Buddhism emerged later.
Hence we had three ancient religions namely Hinduism, Budhism and Jainism and the followers constituted around 79.8 percent, 0.7 percent and 0.4 percent respectively. Sikhism emerged later established in the 15 th century comprising of 1.8 percent being the followers of Sikhism.
Due to the invasion of Muslim Kings, the population of Islam religion rose partly due to the conversion of Hindus lower casts and the Muslim population which came along with the Kings. Hence the total population of Islam has surged to the level of 14.2 percent of our population. The population of Christian is not more than 2.0 percent.
Importance of the religion -
Religion plays a vital role in the various aspect of our society.It binds the people together. There is always a strength in the number.
Religion emphasises on sustainable living giving importance to the existence of human and nature. Our religion Hinduism attach importance to many trees, plants, birds, animals and other spices. Considering these being sacred, many plants were later utilised in the form of medicines for the treatment of various disorders. Sarangdhar Sanhita is one of such texts containing the usefulness of different plants/ herbs.
In the present days, the families are becoming increasingly nuclear but it is the religion binding them together and the continuity is seen especially during the festivals, religious functions, rituals etc
Thus every religion in some way or other teaches people how to live their lives. Hindu Religion can take our stress by chanting Slokas, Mantras, Bhajans etc.
All the religions teach us tolerance, benevolence, patience and courage through the native tales, religious texts etc.