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Religious composition of India

Indian population has a very complex structure of religion. It is one of the important characteristics of its masses. Religion is a way of life in India and it affects the social, economic, and political structure of society. The introduction of different religions in different pre-historic times, to Indian land, has created a diversity of culture and brought about changes in the lifestyle of the masses, somewhere a fusion of different religions could be seen, evolving as a new culture. India is the motherland of four major religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Hinduism, a religion thousands of years old and whose origin is difficult to trace, evolved out of varied Indian ways of life, so different and yet in some intangible way unified. The most dominant religion, however, is Hinduism, while the other three religions were founded by a different person in the post-Vedic period. In addition to being the birthplace of four major religions of the world, India has embra