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This list contains information about celebrities who are Hindu, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, important figures, and athletes practice Hinduism. Some of these celebrities were born into Hindu households while others converted later in life. One famous musician claimed that giving the middle finger was a religious act in tribute to a Hindu goddess.

Who is the most famous person who is Hindu? Julia Roberts tops this list. Roberts converted from Christianity to Hinduism around the time that she was filming the 2010 film Eat, Pray, Love. George Harrison 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 also had his ashes spread into the Ganges River.

M.I.A., born Mathangi Arulpragasam, attended Hindu and Catholic convent schools when she was growing up in Sri Lanka. She claimed that her infamous Super Bowl middle finger was a tribute to the Hindu Goddess Matangi whose symbol is the middle finger.

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Practice Hinduism
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Julia Roberts converted from Christianity to Hinduism around the time that she was filming the 2010 film Eat, Pray, Love.

Age: 48

Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Notting Hill^! Closer^! Erin Brockovich^! My Best Friend's Wedding

Also Ranked

#23 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#38 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#74 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#25 on The Best Living American Actresses

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Practice Hinduism
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John Coltrane was raised in a Christian household, but he explored many different religions, including Hinduism and Zen Buddhism. He was said to have been consulting a Hindu meditative healer near the end of his life to help him treat his liver cancer.

Age: Died at 41 (1926-1967)

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Hamlet

Profession: Songwriter, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer

Credits: Malcolm X^! Zodiac^! Kids^! Vanilla Sky

Also Ranked

#2 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

#92 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#2 on The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Practice Hinduism
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M.I.A., born Mathangi Arulpragasam, attended Hindu and Catholic convent schools when she was growing up in Sri Lanka. She claimed that her infamous Super Bowl middle finger was a tribute to the Hindu Goddess Matangi, whose symbol is the middle finger.

Age: 41

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Activist, Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more

Credits: Khushiyaan, Born Free

Also Ranked

#10 on The Best British Rappers of All Time

#18 on The Best Political Musicians

#8 on The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

#18 on The Best Dressed Women in Hip-Hop

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Practice Hinduism
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George Harrison 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.

Age: Died at 58 (1943-2001)

Birthplace: Liverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England, United Kingdom, + more

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Let It Be, The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Also Ranked

#93 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#52 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#87 on The Best Singers of All Time

#11 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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