Religion in Arunachal Pradesh

Twang Monastery
Twang Monastery/Source: Wikimedia
It is hard to describe the religious make up of Arunachal Pradesh. However, one can say, most of the natives of Arunachal Pradesh identify themselves with two belief systems. First their ancestral belief system, which is a form of nature worship and second, a organized religion, which they have recently discovered such as Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. However, there are people who only identify themselves with a single religion either indigenous or organized.

In terms of organized religions, the Tibetan Buddhism is prevalent in Arunachal Pradesh and spread over the area of Tawang, Chanlang and West Kameng districts whereas the Christianity is practiced in urban centres of Papumpare, Kurung Kumey and East Kameng. Among christians, they follow roman catholicism.

According to the 2011 Population Census of India, the religous chart of Arunachal Pradesh looks like that


ReligionPercentage
Hinduism29.04%
Islam1.95%
Christianity30.26%
Sikhism0.24%
Buddhism11.77%
Jainism0.06%
Other Religions26.20%
Not Specified0.48%

District Wise Religious Make Up of Arunachal Pradesh


DistrictMajor Religion
PapumpareChristianity
ChanglangBuddhism
LohitHinduism
West SiangOthers
TirapChristianity
East SiangOthers
Kurung KumeyChristianity
West KamengBuddhism
Upper SubansiriOthers
Lower SubansiriOthers
East KamengChristianity
Lower Dibang ValleyHinduism
TawangBuddhism
Upper SiangOthers
AnjawHinduism
Dibang ValleyOthers

Some of the indigenous religions practised in Arunachal Pradesh are Nyedar Namlo (followed by Nyishi), Rangfrah (followed by Tangsa & Nocte), Medar Melo (followed by the Apatani), Kargu Gamgi (followed by the Galo) and Donyi-Polo Dere (followed by the Adi). All these religions are grouped together under an umbrella term of Donyi-Polo.