What are the countries with the highest Hindu population? Hinduism is one of the top religions in the world by population, with over 15% of the world population being followers. But surprisingly, almost 99% of the Hindu population still resides in the Asia-Pacific region- its birthplace!
Often hailed as the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism is known for its diversity. Even beliefs among the Hindus greatly vary sometimes. However, though there aren’t any centralized governing bodies or religious authorities, and different ways of practice, similarities do exist in the rituals of worship and some beliefs. Common beliefs are centered on the themes of Dharma (duties), Samsara (cycle of birth), Karma (actions), Moksha (liberation), as well as some prescribed paths or Yogas. But what is interesting about the religion, and probably separates Hinduism from most other religions of the world, is the concept of God. The beliefs range across monotheism, polytheism, to even atheism. It largely depends on individual traditions among sections. And, sometimes they are deeply rooted or directly referenced from Hindu mythologies.
When the Hindu population distribution of the world is studied, India by far has the largest population of Hindus, both in terms of absolute numbers as well as percentage wise. But if you have been thinking India is the only country with a majorly Hindu population, you might be in for a revelation with this list. Among the 1 billion Hindu populations across the world, over 60 million reside outside India. The other two countries which majorly comprises of a Hindu population are Nepal and Mauritius. Though Mauritius, owing to its size, does not make the current list of countries with the highest Hindu population, a major percentage of the population (around 48.5%) are Hindus.
If the religions of the world are an area of interest for you, our other list of 10 Most Religious Countries in the World should be a worthy read! For now let’s unveil the list of the countries with the highest Hindu population in the world.