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Hinduism in Telangana encompasses a diverse range of traditions, practices, and beliefs. Although there is considerable diversity, certain elements unite the Hindus in the state. These include the worshiping of a pantheon of gods and goddesses, engagement in yoga and meditation, and the celebration of festivals such as Diwali and Holi.

The historical legacy of Hinduism in Telangana is both extensive and vibrant. The region was a religious and cultural hub in the past, as it was home to the Satavahana Empire. Later, during the 17th century, the Qutb Shahi dynasty governed the area and constructed numerous mosques and Islamic structures. Nonetheless, Hinduism retained its dominant position as the prevailing religion in the region.

Hinduism is the dominant religion in Telangana, with over 85% of the population identifying themselves as Hindus.[1][2] The state is home to several important Hindu pilgrimage sites, including the Yadadri temple, the Bhadrachalam temple,[3] and the Ramappa temple.[4]

Cultural Identity

Telangana Bonalu A Hindu Festival

Hinduism influenced the language, literature, arts, music, dance, and festivals (such as Bonalu) of the people of Telangana.[5][6] Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and ancient scriptures such as the Vedas and Upanishads form the culture's foundation. Hinduism has significantly influenced Telangana's cultural, religious, social, and philosophical identities and has deeply rooted itself within the Telangana peoples' way of life.

References

  1. ^ "Telangana Population 2023". worldpopulationreview.com. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  2. ^ "Telangana Population 2023". www.indiacensus.net. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  3. ^ "Bhadrachalarama.Org - The e-Abode of Bhadrachala Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy". www.bhadrachalarama.org. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Official Website of Telangana Tourism Corporation". tourism.telangana.gov.in. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  5. ^ "Telangana's Bonalu Festival Commences, Celebrating Hindu Goddess Kali With Joyful Dances And Offerings". Outlook India.
  6. ^ "Bonalu Begins In Telangana | Exploring The History, Culture, And Celebrations Of Bonalu Festival 2023". Telangana Today. 2023-07-11. Retrieved 2023-07-18.