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Kerala Population and Religions: Amusing Features

Updated on July 5, 2015

Before I touch this subject I have to brief some points that what prompted me to take this topic. In my earlier hub "Music has no language", I had narrated about the strange habits of Malayalees (the people of Kerala). The people's love for music from five languages was illustrated in that hub. After reading it, one fellow hubber Alphagirl commented: It would be great if you could give us more history about the culture and people. Many here I am sure would be interested. I love learning about other cultures....

So this hub is definitely for people like Alphagirl, who are so fond of history and culture. It is interesting to learn about the people and their living style. I too wish to hear such stories from other parts of the globe.

I am from Kerala. It is also called "The God's Own Country". The irresistible charm of this land must be the reason for coining such a title to her. In my Profile, I had given a link (to the official site of Tourism Department, Government of Kerala) to see and feel what is Kerala. Hope it is more than enough to impress the visitors. Hence, I need not venture further to describe her enchanting beauty.

Kerala shines with a lot of positive feature. 100% literacy (the only state in India with that record), high living standards matching with many West European countries, progress in the fields of education, health care, social uplift, etc.

But above all, what makes Kerala a unique place is the communal harmony among its citizens. It is very much important when Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike have a strong presence here.

As per the Census of 2011, Kerala population comes to 33,387,677 persons. It includes 16,021,290 males and 17,366,387 females. Kerala is the only state in India, females outnumber men with a sex ratio (females per 1000 males) of 1084. It is a healthy figure. Though this tiny state accounts for only 1% of the total area of India (India 3,287,263 Sq. Km. and Kerala 38, 863 Sq. Km), it contains about 3% of the country's population. It is one of the densest states in the country. 859 people per square km are the state's population density and three times higher the national average.

Kerala recorded a decadal population growth of +4.86% (1,546,303) persons. The state also stands tall in human development scale and related indices among the Indian states.

Now let's have a look into Kerala's Religious Population.

Religion
Population
%
District with highest population
Dist. with lowest Population
Decadal Population Growth
Hindus
17,883,449
56.2
Thiruvananthapuram
Wayanad
-1.48
Muslims
7,863,842
24.7
Malappuram
Pathanamthitta
+1.70
Christians
6,057,427
19.0
Ernakulam
Malappuram
-0.32
Jains
4,528
.1
-
-
-
Sikhs
2,762
-
-
-
-
Budhists
2,027
-
-
-
-
Others
27,339
-
-
-
-
Source: Census India 2001
 
 
 
 
 

(Note: The above figures are extracted from Census Reports of 2001. Currently, a Census work is being carried on in India. The Census 2011 Report will be published this year.)


While studying the above chart, we can understand one interesting thing that Kerala has got a mixed population of all the three major religions in the world. No other state in India has such feature. Interestingly, Kerala has the largest representation of Christians in India. Out of the total 14 districts in Kerala (except Malappuram, where Muslims are a majority), Hindus constitute the majority in all other districts. Though Christians rank in 3rdplace, they are not a majority in any of the districts. But again note: In India the largest concentration of Christians are in Kerala with a number of 60,57,427. My Hub "Christianity in Kerala" will help the readers to study and refer more about Kerala Christians.


Here in Kerala you can see temples, churches and mosques exist in the close vicinity. No major communal clashes had reported from anywhere. All live in peace and harmony. Festivals of all these three religions are celebrated with an equal degree of passion and fashion. Though Onam is a Hindu festival, both Muslims and Christians also celebrate it. They purchase new clothes and make big shopping during the season. It is also the national festival of Kerala.

Hindus visit and pray at Churches and vice versa. You will find stars, illuminations and other decorations of Christmas in the houses of non-Christians too.

Like Islam, Christianity was also propagated in Kerala and it is believed that the religion spread to other parts of India from Kerala! Thus, the "God's own country" is showing a classic example of religious amity to the rest of the world.



Anantha Padmanabha Temple, Thriruvananthapuram
Anantha Padmanabha Temple, Thriruvananthapuram
St. Thomas Church, built in  AD 52 Kochi (Ernakulam)
St. Thomas Church, built in AD 52 Kochi (Ernakulam)
Beema Palli (Mosque), Thiruvananthapuram
Beema Palli (Mosque), Thiruvananthapuram

© 2012 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thank you sameer for your visit and comments.

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      sameercpahmed@gmail.com 2 years ago

      Hi dear, it's. Supper. And thanks to know about. Kerala.

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      krishna 2 years ago

      Good information

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      Benzonjoji 3 years ago

      Dear friends,

      Im so happy to see u all. And to Sunny, Brother you don't know anything about Christianity.Brother christianity is not a religion first please every1 understand that. Christianity is a WAY. Way to obtain salvation and eternity. Im not blaming any religion. Im talking about a WAY. Its an easy way to obtain salvation and eternity. The way is WAY of FAITH. The Faith in JESUS CHRIST. If my brothers and sisters , you came to know what Jesus did for me and you then you will not say that Jesus is not God. Because every people are talking about doing work to obtain salvation.But im saying no need to do any work simply njust believe in Jesus. U knw every man are sinners . there is no one is there as righteous. God is holy and he never tolerate sin. He will judge sin and he sinner. Jesus came to this world and bore the sin of whole mankind an he took the judgement of sin on his body and he died and after 3 days he raised from the death. He is still alive. only this the believe in this means Jesus bore my sin and he died for me and he burried for me and he raised from the death for me. Just believe then u will receive salvation. this is WAY of FAITH/FAITH in JESUS..

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      Sunny 4 years ago

      wonder why christians are disturbing the communal harmony in india by conversions...please stop the foreign funded conversions...hindus are minority in this world...its important for india to remain hindu for hinduism to survive...please

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Idigwebsites,

      Too pleased to note your nice words. Hope you would visit all these place sooner or later. Thank you for voting up. Please pay your attention to some other hubs written by me on a few travel destinations.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Very interesting place, and it's delightful to know that people of different religions live in harmony. I thought that church in the picture above is a recent church, it looks new but it's actually centuries old! Would like to check out there. Voted up and interesting. :)

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Yes Mohammed, you have said it right. Let's keep the spirit intact. Thank you for your comments.

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      mohamed mirza 4 years ago

      Of course,we possess a great communal harmony than any other Indian states where there was heavy violences and riots during 1947 and in 1990s..i think we can be proud of us and about our ancestors...........

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi duffsmom

      Thank you dear for nice comments. I too wish like you that the entire world could make Kerala a model for communal harmony. I invite your attention to other hubs related to this lovely land. Hope you will place your frank comments too.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Hi Sunil, I really enjoyed this hub. It is very interesting that so many cultures co-exist together in peace. Wish the entire world could do this.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      hi vims003

      Thank you for your compliments and support. Sorry for the delay in responding.

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      Vimesh Ummer.U 4 years ago from india

      hi nice hub....informative...interesting....

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      Benny Sebastian M.G.Kavu 4 years ago

      Hai Sunil, it is nice to learn about various religeous groups settled in Kerala. Apart from each other's contribution to the cultural, educational and religeous activities what amuses me most is the culture of good food being practiced by all these major 3 groups in kerala. The name of PALPAYASAM, a delicious sweety drink made mostly by the Hindus, Appam and duck curry by the Christians and various Biriyanis by our Muslim brotheren compels us not to leave this place - GODS OWN COUNTRY - regards.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks for your nice comments.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      An interresting look at a country I know nothing about. I love to travel so who knows what will happen in the future?

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks. You are lucky that you have the blessing of Amma. Please pray for me too.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Pamela-anne

      Thank you for your nice comments. I will try my level best to write more on topic like this as it entertains and educates you.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Anusujith,

      Your appreciation is noted and acknowledged lovingly. Thanks for rading and commenting on my hub.

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      It sounds like a lovely place full of color and culture somewhere I have always wanted to travel to is India; interesting hub keep up the hubs! take care pam

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      kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Hi Sunil, Thanks for the heads up - I will check out your other hubs on Kerala. Amma will be here next week in Chicago and I will be seeing her soon. She has truly blessed my life. It is so nice meeting you! :)

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      Anoop Aravind A 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Nice captures about Kerala. Truly informative for the hubbers who didn't know about the versatility. Voted Up...

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Kartika

      So happy to note your comments as well mention about Amma. I too have seen her. She is doing magic as millions of people are her devotees. Really amazing. Her love and care are noteworthy. I request you to read my other hubs also to get a feel of Kerala. Thanks for your comments. I feel happy to interact with person like you who love Indian tradition and fear of God.

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      kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Kerala is dear to me heart because that is where Amma was born and lives - many of my friends have visited her ashram there. I see her every year in the U.S. when she does her North American tour. Kerala does have some amazing history - also, the Vedic tradition and the culture date back to the earliest humans. It is also interesting that religious harmony prevails among the the different groups there.

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