Hinduism in Spain

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A Hindu temple in Benalmádena, in Malaga province of Spain. It opened in 2001.

Hinduism is a minority religion in Spain.

Community[edit]

The Indian community as a percentage of a population of 40 million is again only 0.04% at perhaps 30,000.

Most Indians originally travelled to Spain from Africa, while others came from India and even Japan and Southeast Asia.

Sindhi traders and shopkeepers thrived in the freeports of the Spanish Canary Islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife following the imposition of import and foreign exchange restrictions in Spain after World War-II.

They conducted a brisk trade with the North African continent from Las Palmas. When Ceuta and Melilla, were also declared as free ports, Indian businessmen set up trading houses and retail shop scatering to the tourist trade [1]

Hindus in Spain[edit]

Spain has recognized three entities of Hinduism *IRF 2006, Spain

Spain is home to an estimated 25,000 Hindus of Indian Diaspora as reported in Hinduism today.

Additionally some Spanish people had converted to Hinduism.

There are lot of Hindu and Indian organisations in Spain.

Indians in Spain[edit]

By the mid-seventies, there were over 200 Indian trading houses in Ceuta and Melilla. With the liberalisation in import policies introduced in the eighties, businessactivity shifted to the port cities of Málaga and Barcelona. Madrid also attracted many Indian Businessmen.

The Indian community in Spain enjoys a good reputation. Indians are considered hard working, non-political and peaceful. The Indian community has integrated well with Spanish society. Sindhis and Sikhs form the majority of the Indian community. The community celebrates various Indian festivals. Rath Yatras are also taken out by members of the Hare Krishna movement with the enthusiastic support of the Indian community [2]

Hindu Temples in Spain[edit]

Hindu Temple in Valencia, located in the central Plaza del Patriarca, was inaugurated on November 23, 2006. (November 29, 2006, Hinduism Today)

Hindu temple in Ceuta city was expected to have inaugurated on February 2007. In order to build the temple the Ceuta city government and the Hindu community signed an agreement last year in which the city committed to finance part of the work, estimated at approximately US$390,000. The work started around the middle of September 2006, after all required permits granted from "Consejeria de Fomento". (January 15, 2007, Hinduism Today)

There are ISKCON Krishna Temples in Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Tenerife and Brihuega along with a Krishna restaurant in Barcelona.[1]

Hindu Associations in Spain[edit]

ASSOCIATION HINDU TENERFI SUR, C/BARRANQUILLO NO. 2, Foto America Los Cristianos, ARONA TENERIFE 38650, SPAIN

ASOCIACION HINDU DE VALENCIA, Pasaje Dr. Serra, 3 Pta. 1 y 2, VALENCIA, SPAIN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hare Krishna Temples Around the World". Stephen-knapp.com. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 

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