Goa is famous for its religious harmony and one can see a harmonious blend of all major religions of India in Goa. Religion in Goa is not a big issue since people live with each other peacefully and are much tolerant of each other's religions. Goan religious practices are followed by almost everyone who is settled over there. Most people tend to have a thinking that Goa is predominantly a Christian state but the major religion of Goa is Hinduism. Given below is a breakup of the percentage of major religions of Goa:

  • Hinduism                              - 65%

  • Christianity                          - 30%

  • Muslims                                - 3%

  • Sikhs and other religions  - 2%

The Portugal rule left a typical Christian nature to this state and even today you will find many houses being built in the typical style of the Portuguese. There is a beautiful blending of different religions in Goa. One finds ancient churches standing along with Hindu temples in the same area. People irrespective of their religions; celebrate every festival with devotion and joy. People of different faiths and beliefs come together whenever some auspicious moment is to be celebrated.

Goa is a place where you can find a Hindu in a church, a Muslim celebrating a Hindu festival, a Christian in a Hindu celebration and so on. People have developed religious tolerance and respect for other faiths. Whether a person is a Hindu, Muslim or a Christian, they have faith in other religions too and it is very common to see them worship Gods of other religions as well. There is a unique blend of all religious faiths in Goa which is what lends a very mystical air to this wonderful state.