|World Hindu Population|
The World Hindu Population counter on Mamandram.org continuously tracks the growth of Hinduism around the globe using current growth rates. Hinduism is the third biggest religion in the world with nearly 900 million adherents, with only Christianity and Islam claiming to have more followers. Most Hindus live in India, which is home to more than 800 million followers. There are also significant numbers of Hindus in Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the USA. Hindus account for an approximated 13.26 percent of the total world population of 6.677 billion. Hinduism is growing at around 1.52 percent annually.
There are several sometimes contradictory sources for the number of Hindus around the world. Consensus places the figure at around 885 million followers as of July 2008. The CIA World Factbook places the percentage of Hindus in the world at 13.26CIA World Factbook, July 2008. out of the total world population of 6,677,563,921 (July 2008 est.). The Foreign Policy magazine, published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, claims there were about 870 million Hindus around the world as of May 2007, and growing at about 1.52 percent annually"The List: The World’s Fastest-Growing Religions", Foreign Policy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 2007.. This would also agree with the figure of 885 million as of July 2008.
Meanwhile, World Christian Trends says Hinduism grew at 1.69 percent annuallyGlobal Adherents of the World's Major Religions, William Carey Library. around the world between 1990 and 2000. In the same time period, total world population grew at around 1.41 percent, meaning Hinduism is growing faster than the world population. This growth is attributed mainly to high birth rates in the Indian subcontinent.
The World Hindu Population Counter on Mamandram.org aims to track the growth of Hinduism around the globe using figures available from these sources. The growth rate of 1.52 percent given by Foreign Policy is used in the World Hindu Population Counter. The population numbers provided by the World Hindu Population counter are only approximate as the figures used to calculate them are themselves approximates. This is because population tracking is inherently difficult and concrete figures are rarely, if ever, available. The counter is only meant to be illustrative of the size of Hinduism.
Hinduism...gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God ward endeavor of the human spirit. An immense many-sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Santana Dharma...