List of converts to Hinduism from Christianity

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This is a list of converts to Hinduism from Christianity.

Name Nationality Notes Refs
Alfred Ford American heir to the Ford family fortune [1]
Alice Coltrane American raised Baptist but became a follower of Satya Sai Baba;[citation needed] jazz pianist, organist, harpist and composer[2][3] [4]
Annie Indian actress [5]
Christopher Isherwood British novelist [6]
E. C. George Sudarshan Indian physicist, professor and winner of Dirac Prize and Padma Bhusan [7]
George Harrison British musician, member of The Beatles [8]
Job Charnock British trade agent who has been controversially described as the founder of Calcutta [9]
John Levy British philosopher and translator of books on Advaita Vedanta [10]
Jomol Indian actress [11]
Joseph Ritson British antiquarian and traveller [12]
Julia Roberts American actress [13]
Leelawathy Ramanathan Australian writer and Hindu activist who converted upon marrying Ponnambalam Ramanathan [14]
Lissy Indian actress [15][16]
Nayanthara Indian actress and model [17]
Romapada Swami American Vaishnavia sannyasi and initiating guru [18]
Satsvarupa dasa Goswami American senior disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada [19]
Satyananda Stokes British farmer [20]
Sister Nivedita Irish social worker, author, and teacher [21]


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  2. ^ Jazz Musician Alice Coltrane dead at 69 News Australia – January 15, 2007
  3. ^ Alice Coltrane; Musician, Spiritual Guru Washington Post – January 15, 2007
  4. ^ "Da Capo companion to twentieth-century popular music", by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, p. 195, publisher = Da Capo Press
  5. ^ "YouTube". 
  6. ^ Acclaimed American Author Christopher Isherwood Adherents
  7. ^ Reflections on Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan 2009
  8. ^ Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles: It Was Forty Years Ago Today, p.54, Olivier Julien, 2016
  9. ^ Indian Renaissance: British Romantic Art And the Prospect of India – Hermione De Almeida
  10. ^ Sedgwick, Mark. Against The Modern World: Traditionalism And The Secret Intellectual History Of The Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2004. 93. Print.
  11. ^ Actress accuses her father Times of India – April 25, 2005
  12. ^ Morton, Timothy, Marilyn Butler, and James Chandler. Shelley and the Revolution in Taste : The Body and the Natural World. New York: Cambridge UP, 1995.
  13. ^ Blake, Heidi (August 5, 2010). "Julia Roberts: I'm a Hindu". Daily Telegraph. London. 
  14. ^ Lady Ramanathan Passes away The Hindu – January 31, 1953
  15. ^ asianetnews (April 18, 2011). "Lissy Priyadarshan-ON Record (Ep 2, Part 2)" – via YouTube. 
  16. ^ Ltd, Asianet News Network Pvt. "Asianet News". 
  17. ^ "Exclusive- Nayanthara is now a Hindu". 
  18. ^ Biography on Romapada's website
  19. ^ Smith, Huston; Harry Oldmeadow (2004). Journeys East: 20th century Western encounters with Eastern religious traditions. Bloomington, Ind: World Wisdom. p. 272. ISBN 0-941532-57-7. Before his death Prabhupada appointed eleven American devotees as gurus. 
    • Rochford, E. Burke (1985). Hare Krishna in America. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press. p. 222. ISBN 0-8135-1114-3. In the months preceding his death Srila Prabhupada appointed eleven of his closest disciples to act as initiating gurus for ISKCON 
    • Ron Rhodes (2001). Challenge of the Cults and New Religions. Zondervan. p. 179. ISBN 0-310-23217-1. Before Prabhupada died in 1977, he selected senior devotees who would continue to direct the organization. 
    • Rodney Stark (1985). Religious movements. Paragon House Publishers. p. 100. ISBN 0-913757-43-8. Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, one of the eleven initiating gurus Bhaktivedanta appointed to succeed him ... 
    • Shinn & ISKCON Communications Journal-1994, 2.1
    • Hare Krishna leader visits local followers Daily Collegian, Penn State University, August 5, 1981
  20. ^ Clymer, Kenton J. (January 1, 1990). "Samuel Evans Stokes, Mahatma Gandhi, and Indian Nationalism". Pacific Historical Review. 59 (1): 51–76. JSTOR 3640095. doi:10.2307/3640095. 
  21. ^ Defying the Hindutva canon The Hindu – January 30, 2004