People and Religion of Rajasthan

According to the 2001 census, the total population of Rajasthan is 56.5 million. The population residing in Rajasthan is an assortment of people from different castes and religion. The Minas reside in Alwar, Bharatpur, Jaipur and Dholpur areas. The Banjara and the Meo are travelling tradesmen. The Gadia Lohar are ironsmiths who travel on Gadia (bullock carts). These people follow the occupation of repairing household and agricultural implements.

The Oswals reside in Osian near Jodhpur. They are traders and follow Jain religion. On the other hand, the trading class Mahajan is subdivided into Jains as well as Hindus. The northern and the western parts of Rajasthan are populated by the Jat and Gujar communities. Gujars also dwell in the eastern areas of Rajasthan.

Less than ten percent of the total population that exists in Rajasthan is occupied by the Muslims, most of them being Sunnis.

The Rajputs form a small yet most powerful section amongst the people of Rajasthan. They are proud of their ancestry.

Hinduism is followed by the most of the Rajasthanis. Various other religions prevalent in the state include Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam and Parsi religion.

People from different religions and castes co-exist in harmony in Rajasthan. The culture, beliefs, costumes, language differ for different groups making Rajasthan a unique land of diversities.

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