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Celebrities Who Practice Hinduism

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The number of Hindu celebrities in Hollywood might surprise you. 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 households who practice the Hindu religion, while others converted later in life. 

Who is the most famous person who is Hindu? Julia Roberts converted from Christianity to Hinduism around the time that she was filming the 2010 film Eat, Pray, Love. A bunch of famous Hindus are musicians. George Harrison converted from Christianity to Hinduism in the mid-1960s. Other famous followers of Hinduism include M.I.A., Kal Penn, and Jerry Garcia.

The Great Gatsby author J.D. Salinger converted to Hinduism in 1952. Alternative medicine advocate and author Deepak Chopra uses his Hindu background to teach the importance of a mind-body relationship. Read on below for more information on celebrities who practice Hinduism.

  • Photo: Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay / New Line Cinema

    Kal Penn was born in New Jersey and raised in a Hindu household. The actor and former White House staffmember continues to practice the religion as an adult.


    • Born: 1977-04-23
    • Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, USA
  • Photo: Hugo van Gelderen / Wikimedia Commons / CC0

    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.


    • Born: 1926-09-23
    • Birthplace: Hamlet, North Carolina, United States of America
  • Photo: The Oprah Winfrey Show / CBS

    Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert was raised on a Christmas tree farm in Litchfield, Connecticut, but she converted to Hinduism when she went on the journey that inspired her to write her best-selling book.


    • Born: 1969-07-18
    • Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Photo: Carl Lender / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.0

    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.


    • Born: 1942-08-01
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America