Like all other states of India, Gujarat is also inhabited by people of different religions, castes and creeds. It is one of the most industrialized states of India and provides employment opportunities for the youth. As a result, people from across the country have settled in the state. People in Gujarat mainly follow Hinduism and about 89.1% of the population is formed by the Hindus. They are mostly conservative and strictly adhere to vegetarian diet.
The main deity of the Hindus of Gujarat is Lord Krishna. He is
worshipped throughout the state, in the form of Shrinathji. Besides
Hindus, Gujarat is also home to a considerable number of Muslims and
Jains. Muslims constitute about 9.1% of the population, while Jains form
nearly 1.0%. Sikhs are quite small in number and just constitute 0.1% of
the population. This confirms the reason for cultural diversity of
Gujarat is the birthplace of Gandhiji and the Swaminarayan sect of
Hinduism. This has significantly contributed to the fact that Hinduism
is widely followed in the state. Lord Krishna also built his terrestrial
kingdom here, which has contributed significantly to the religious
beliefs of the people. As major trade practices were carried out in
Gujarat during the ancient times, a significant number of Parsi
Zoroastrians are found in Gujarat.