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Culture

The flowering of Indian Culture constitutes one of the most glorious chapters in the history of mankind. A Culture, remarkable for its moral no less than for its material creativity, which has endured for four millennia and more, is necessarily a subject of great fascination. The ability of this civilization to absorb alien cultures without losing its distinctive identity has intrigued scholars over the centuries.

 

Few countries in the world have such an ancient and diverse culture as India's. Indian History dates back to over 5000 years ago, It is one of the Ancient Civilization therefore India's culture has been enriched by successive waves of migration, which were absorbed into the Indian way of life. It is this variety which is a special hallmark of India. Its physical, religious and racial variety is as immense as its linguistic diversity. Underneath this diversity lies the continuity of Indian civilization and social structure from the very earliest times to the present day. Modern India presents a picture of unity in diversity to which no history provides a parallel. Indian religions, festivals, rituals, artifacts, monuments, costumes, music, dance, language and literature is a delight for a learner.

 
 
 

 

In the north, the Aryan Hindu culture and religion is prevelant but at the same time, important centres of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism also exist.

In the south, the Dravidian Hindu religion and culture predominates with Islamic centres existing side by side. India has been tolerant and resilient and has absorbed, restored and successfully resisted the attempts to change or destroy it. So many religions and cultures

peacefully co-exist here that one can describe it as the invertible tower of Babel.

In India, religion is a way of life. It is an integral part of the entire Indian tradition. For the majority of Indians, religion permeates every aspect of life, from daily chores to education and politics. Secular India is a home to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other innumerable religions. Hinduism is the dominant faith, practised by over 80% of the population. Besides Hindus, Muslims are the most prominent religious group and are an integral part of Indian society. In fact India has the second largest population of Muslims in the world after Indonesia.

 
 
 

Common practices have crept into most religious faiths in India. Many of the festivals that mark each year with music, dance and feasting are shared by all communities. Each has its own pilgrimage sites, heroes, legends and even culinary specialties, mingling in a unique diversity that is the very pulse of society.

 
 
     
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