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Hinduism in Uzbekistan

Hindu is the oldest religion in the world

Tashkent, May 19 (UITV):Uzbekistan is a country of Central Asia. Before 1991, the country was under the rule of Soviet Union. Now the scenario has changed. Uzbekistan is enjoying full religious freedom. There are many religions in Uzbekistan, Hindu is one of them.

 

Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. It is a practice of life. Scholars refer this religion as “Sanatana Dharma” in English “the eternal law”. Most of the people in India and Nepal follow Hinduism. But, there are some people in Uzbekistan also follow this oldest religion.

 

 

 

Uzbekistan before 1991

 

Uzbekistan is maintaining borders with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. The entire part of Central Asia is dominated by Islamic thoughts. Hindu is one of the minor religions in the country as well as Central Asia. The character of Hinduism in Uzbekistan is kept on changing due to new Indian arrivals every year. The people who follow this religion in Uzbekistan, they all are from India. There are many Indian charter accountants, bankers, and hoteliers living in this Central Asian country.   This is to be noted that every year, 20 Indians get employed by Indian Pharmaceutical joint ventures in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan.

 

Tashkent is the biggest city of the country

 

According to the sources, most of the Hindu people in Uzbekistan follow Hare Krishna. Interestingly, there is an ISKCON temple in Tashkent, a city which is full of Old Russian architectures. The 50% of Tashkent’s citizens speak Russian. Surprisingly, this ISKCON temple of Tashkent is enjoying lot of visitors every day.

 

The ISKCON temple of Tashkent

 

If we look into the data of religious organizations in Uzbekistan, we will find that Islam is the major religion in the country though the country was under the rule of USSR before 1991. That time, the state atheism was the official policy. Madrassas, mosques, and all religious books and literatures were banned in the country. Now, the country has 2050 Islamic religious organizations, 52 Korean Christian Churches, 37 Russian Orthodox Churches, and one Hindu temple (ISKCON).

Written by Ujjainee Chakraborty