Hinduism is the oldest surviving religion in the world with over one billion people belonging to the faith. Many Hollywood actors, musicians and authors practice Hinduism. They are either born in Hindu family or got converted at some stage in their life. Take a look at few!
Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer. She established herself as a leading lady in Hollywood after headlining the romantic comedy film Pretty Woman (1990).
She believes in and practices Hinduism. It was during the shooting of movie Eat, Pray, Love in India, in the year 2010 Julia decided to accept Hinduism as her religion, gave her children new names after Hindu gods: Laxmi for Hazel, Ganesh for Phinnaeus and Krishna Balram for Henry.
Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author and activist.
Russell regularly attends Hare Krishna services. Hare Krishna’s meditation and self-reflection practices helped Brand channel his better self. He got married to Katy Perry, in the year 2010, according to Hindu tradition in Rajasthan, India.
George Harrison was the lead guitarist of the Beatles band from United Kingdom who has been following Hinduism after got influenced by Hare Krishna tradition.He converted from Christianity to Hinduism in the mid 1960s. After he died in 2001, his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India.
Jerry Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead . Jerry Garcia practiced Hinduism throughout much of his adult life. After he died in 1995, his ashes were spread into the Ganges River at the holy city of Rishikesh, India.
Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and which was also made into a film by the same name in 2010. Elizabeth travelled to India to take inspiration for her one of the most famous work and it was at that time when she converted to Hinduism.
Trevor Hall is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is a mix of roots, folk, and reggae. Trevor Hall lives his life as a monk and also visited India in 2013. During his time, he was introduced to yoga and meditation practices and spirituality, which made a major impact on him and has since influenced his life and music.
Kelli Renee Williams is an American actress. She is known for her role as Lindsay Dole on the legal drama The Practice. Kelli got married to writer, Ajay Sehgal, in 1996 then started following Hinduism. The couple has three children: Kiran Ram , Sarame Jane and Ravi Lyndon.
KRS-one is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York. KRS-One is Hindu God Krishna’s preacher. KRS-One is a spiritual person and has described his belief system in his book “The Gospel of Hip Hop”. He believes that organized religion isn’t necessary to have a close relationship with God, but his name is a reference to the Hindu god Krishna.
John Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. John Coltrane was raised in a Christian household, but he explored many different religions, including Hinduism and Zen Buddhism.
Jerome David Salinger was an American writer best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. He converted from Zen Buddhism to Hinduism in 1952 after reading The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
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