Special Sub-Topic: Religions in India
|Which is the most followed religion in India?|
Hinduism. Hinduism is followed by about 80% of the population. Islam is followed by about 13%, Buddhism by 0.8%, Sikhism by 2% and Jainism by about 0.5%.
|Christianity is followed by about 2% of India's population. Which state of India accounts for most of it?|
Mizoram. In Mizoram, about 91% of the population follow Christianity. In Tamil Nadu, the number is about 6%; Goa, about 26%; West Bengal, only about 0.6%.
|How many Tirthankaras are there in Jainism?|
24. Tirthankaras are the founders of Jainism and its Divine Elements. They are considered very holy people.
|Name the first and tenth gurus of Sikhism, respectively?|
Guru Nanak, Guru Gobind. Guru Nanak was the first guru; Guru Gobind was the last and tenth human guru. Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth guru. Guru Granth Sahib is the holy book of Sikhism and is considered by some as the 11th guru.
|India accounts for more Muslims (in number) than Pakistan. |
T. Strange, but true. India has more people following Islam than Pakistan does. In India, about 13% of the population is Muslim, whereas in Pakistan, about 96% of the population is Muslim. The statement is true because of the huge population difference.
|People following which religion are called Parsis in India?|
Zoroastrianism. Parsis are the descendants of Zoroastrian people from Persia (hence, the name), or present-day Iran. According to the Indian Census of 2001, there were 69,601 Parsis in India at that time.
|According to census data, what percentage of people in India are atheists?|
About 6.6%. There were very ambiguous options in the Census of India till 1971, when the Census said, "Where a person said that he had no religion it was recorded accordingly."
|Which ancient Indian kingdom was the birthplace of Buddhism?|
Magadha. The kingdom of Magadha was situated in present-day Bihar, Anga in present-day West Bengal. Matsya was along the present-day Western Indian-Pakistani border.
|Who is the Creator God in Hinduism?|
Brahma. Brahma is the Creator God and one of the Trimurti (synonymous to the Trinity), which consists of Vishnu and Shiva alongside him. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth.
|What is the other name for all the religions originating in the Indian Subcontinent?|
Dharmic Religions. Dharmic Religions comprise Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism.
Vedic means related to the Vedas, which are Hindu holy books. Karmic means related to Karma. Bharatiya means 'Indian'.
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