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How many practice Hinduism today?

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October 21, 2009 9:03AM

Hinduism has grown to become the world's third largest religion, afterChristianity and Islam.

It claims about 837 million followers - 13% of the world's population. 2 It is the dominant religion in India, Nepal, and among the Tamils in Sri Lanka, malaysia, singapore, Indonesia,Myanmar,Thailand..

According to the "Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches," there are about 1.1 million Hindus in the U.S. 3 The "American Religious Identification Survey" is believed to be more accurate. 4 They estimated smaller number: 766,000 Hindus in 2001.

Still, this is a very significant increase from 227,000 in 1990.

Statistics Canada estimates that there are about 157,015 Hindus in Canada. 5

Mahatma Gandhi :
"I came to the conclusion long ago ... that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu ... But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian." (Young India: January 19, 1928)