What religion is in Nepal? Nepal is the world’s Hindu country and has been conquered by several cultures over the centuries. Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, and even Sikhism and have interwoven their threads over the past thousand years.
Nepal is a country of extremes: it is the country to become independent, the highest altitude nation, the most populous and the lowest elevation nation. In short Nepal has a lot going for itself and the diversity within the country is what makes Nepal the most interesting destination for an Indian tour.
Nepal is also a country where you can practice any religion as you please. The most popular religions practiced in Nepal are Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Of these, Hinduism and Buddhism are the oldest and the least influenced religions in Nepal. Although all three have attained public acceptance, the Nepalese are still largely conservative about their religious beliefs and practices.
Perhaps the most significant religion in Nepal is Hinduism. While it is not the largest religion in Nepal, it is the most widespread. It has over 80% of the population in Nepal and is the state religion. Most Nepalese are Hindus and the religion has hardly been affected by global events. The faith is easy to understand and people tend to be very friendly and helpful.
Buddhism are another group that has gained popularity in Nepal as they are seen as a religious elite. Buddhism are a religious. They are also accepted widely in mainstream Nepalese society. There are numerous Buddhist temples in the cities of Nepal where you can pay your respects to Buddha.
Hinduism is the most popular religion in Nepal, although there are numbers of Nepalese who follow other faiths. Hinduism preaches the ‘astraya siddhi’, which translates literally as ‘no gain without work’. In contrast to Buddhism and Sikhism, Hinduism does not tolerate non-vegetarians or non-devotees. Muslims are the largest community of the Nepalese but Islam is spreading fast in other areas of Nepal such as the Darjeeling and Assam.
There is no doubt that Nepal is a country with various religions influencing its social, cultural and political fabric. There is a possibility that the country will continue along the path of diversity as more religions spread and grow in popularity in the country. Whether it will become a secular country or retain its Hindu- Buddhist polity will be decided after the next census.
Some say that if Hindu- Muslims marriages succeed then it would be possible for Nepal to go towards a pluralistic society. Majority of the Nepalese population follows the Hindu religion and is quite happy with the way in which the religion is being practiced.
On the other hand, some parts of the country, especially in the southern part of the country where Muslims form the majority, wish to follow their own religious practices.