Throughout its history,
Karnataka has been the preferred sanctuary for a myriad of religions and
faiths. Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and Christianity are the major
religions in Karnataka. In a fine example of communal harmony, all these
religions of Karnataka have peacefully co-existed over the years.
all the Karnataka religions, Hinduism enjoys an omnipresent stature. The
succession of Hindu dynasties in Karnataka has patronized religious activities
to a great extent while emphasizing on the building of temples and shrines.
Within the confines of Hinduism, there are sects worshipping the deities
of Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Banavasi, Basavakalyan, Udupi and Sringeri are
the prominent Hindu pilgrimages of Karnataka.
Islam flourished in Karnataka with the emergence of powerful Muslim kingdoms.
Besides spawning a plethora of monuments and forts, these dynasties established
some of the magnificent mosques of Karnataka. With the creation of Deccan
Sultanates and the invasion of Mughal rulers, Islam became the predominant
religion in regions like Gulbarga and Bijapur. The Khwaja Bande Nawaz
Durgah in Gulbarga is regarded as one of the holiest Muslim pilgrimages
Karnataka has been a hotbed for the religion of Jainism. Some of the most
sacred Jain pilgrimages like Mudabidri and Shravanabelagola are located
in Karnataka. The enormous statues of Lord Bahubali in Dharmasthala and
Shravanabelagola attract Jain devotees in large numbers.
Sikhs are found in scattered locations of the state. The Gurudwara Nanak
Jhira in Bidar is a prominent Sikh pilgrimage and this shrine was supposed
to have been consecrated by Guru Nanak.
Christianity is very much prevalent in Karnataka and some of India's most
splendid churches are found in Mysore and Bangalore.
Karnataka in Details