Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India today released the data on
Population by Religious Communities of Census 2011. The distribution is total
population by six major religious communities namely, Hindu, Muslim, Christian,
Sikh, Buddhist, Jain besides “Other Religions and Persuasions” and “Religion
not stated”. The data are released by sex and residence up to sub-districts
and towns. Total Population in 2011 is 121.09 crores ; Hindu 96.63 crores
(79.8%); Muslim 17.22 crores (14.2%); Christian 2.78 crores (2.3%); Sikh 2.08
crores (1.7%); Buddhist 0.84 crores (0.7%); Jain 0.45 crores (0.4%), Other
Religions & Persuasions (ORP) 0.79 crores (0.7%) and Religion Not Stated
0.29 crores (0.2%).
The proportion of Hindu
population to total population in 2011 has declined by 0.7 percentage point
(PP); the proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 PP and the Buddhist
population has declined by 0.1 PP during the decade 2001-2011. The proportion
of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 PP. There has
been no significant change in the proportion of Christians & Jains.
The growth rate of
population in the decade 2001-2011 was 17.7 %. The growth rate of population of
the different religious communities in the same period was as Hindus: 16.8%; Muslim:
24.6%; Christian: 15.5%; Sikh: 8.4%; Buddhist: 6.1% and Jain: 5.4%.
The data is available
on RGI website http://censusindia.gov.in