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Religion in West Bengal

Hinduism is the major religion in West Bengal, but there are other people from different religions living harmoniously in the state. Islam is the second major religion in West Bengal followed by Christianity. Less than a percentage of the population constitutes of Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. People are respectful towards other religions and participate in all the major festivals.

The world renowned Durga Puja, a religious Hindu festival, is enjoyed by people from all communities and religions because of the grandeur of this event.

Islam is also a popular religion in West Bengal and has existed in the state from the 12th century. Muslim rulers conquered Bengal and this helped spread the religion in the state at an early stage.

Buddhism is mostly followed by the people in the Northern districts, whereas, Christianity is practiced by communities living in and around Kolkata. There are Sikhs and Jains living in the main towns and cities as well.


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