Religious thinkers of India

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The most important religious figures include Buddha, Mahavira and Guru Nanak Dev. Buddha and Guru Nanak were the founders of the Buddhist and Sikh religions, Mahavira, the last and 24th Jain Tirthankara was the reviver and reformer of the Jain religion propagated by previous 23 Tirthankaras.



Other important figures include Basava, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and others


Other important figures include Kabir, Ali Hujwiri and Akbar.


  • Dadabhai Naoroji - Also regarded as one of the most important freedom fighter of the country.

Other important thinkers[edit]

The Sikh Gurus undoubtedly were very important in propounding the tenets of Sikhism. Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, is believed to have preached and finally died in India. Saint Francis Xavier also developed a Jesuit missionary method that left a significant impression upon the missionary history of India.

Jesus of Nazareth may have had spiritual training or influences from South Asian spiritual thought. A school of thought believes Jesus escaped the Roman empire to Kashmir.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jesus in India (book)
  2. ^ "Jesus in Kashmir,India(BBC Documentary)-1". YouTube. 2006-12-16. Retrieved 2012-02-14.