Hinduism in Kenya

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Demographics[edit]

According to the 2009 Census, there are a total of 53,393 Hindus in Kenya.[1]

Introduction[edit]

Hinduism in Kenya mainly comes from coastal trade routes between primarily between Gujarat and Marwar in India and East Africa.

The origin of the Kenyan Gujarati dates back to the late 1800s (early 1900s), when British colonialists brought laborers from India to build the Uganda–Kenya railway. Many of the laborers, rather than travel back to the Indian subcontinent, simply settled in Kenya, and slowly brought with them a host of hopefuls willing to start afresh.

Hindus in Kenya[edit]

One percent of Kenyan population practiced Hinduism as reported by IRF This is in contrast to 0.14% reported in the Kenyan Census of 2009. [1]

Today, the Gujarati community in Kenya is estimated at over sixty thousand, and is dispersed throughout the country. Despite varying degrees of acculturation, most have retained their strong Gujarati ties.

There are few hundred Kenyans converted to Hinduism mainly through Hare Krishnas.

Brahma Kumaris and Satya Sai Baba Organisation are also active in Kenya.

Hindu Temples in Kenya[edit]

  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Mombasa [2]
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Nairobi (EASS) [3]
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Nairobi (SKSS) [4]
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Eldoret [5]
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Keruyoga [6]
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Nakuru [7]
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Kisumu [8]
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Haile Selassie Rd., P.O. Box 81284, Mombasa, Kenya [9]
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Forest Road, P. O. Box 40570, Nairobi, Kenya [10]
  • ISKCON Krishna Temple, Nairobi, Kenya
  • ISKCON Krishna Temple, Kisumu, Kenya
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Masaai Avenue, P.O.Box 541, Nakuru
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Tagore Road, P.O.Box 3643, Eldoret [11]
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Okore Road, P.O.Box 164, Kisumu [12][13]
  • Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Temple [14]
  • Sri Ayyapa Seva Samaj/Sri Ayyapa Temple

Hindu Council of Kenya[edit]

Hindu Council of Kenya is an umbrella body of Hindus in Kenya, and is associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of the Hindu nationalist Sangh Parivar. The Council is recognised by the Government[citation needed].

Until a few years back, the Hindus were described in the voter’s register as 'Non-Muslims'. Due to the efforts of the Council, they are now described as 'Hindus'. The Council has been busy in preparing syllabus and books for Hindu religious education [15]

Hare Krishnas in Kenya[edit]

Hare Krishnas has a good presence felt in Kenya.

Krishna temples was first established in Nairobi and Mombasa in 1969. The same year, one of ISKCON’s most prominent devotees from Africa, HG Shakti Mati devi dasi, was initiated in Nairobi.

Hare Krishnas has 3 Centres in Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi

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