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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

List of people Converted to Hinduism from other religions

I always says that, why Hinduism is a great religions. Some famous people, who converted to Hinduism.

From Christianity
  • Chantal Boulanger - French anthropologist who wrote wide in Tamil culture.
  • Claudia Ciesla - German model, actress and singer embraced Hinduism and believes in Karma
  • Job Charnock - British trade agent who has been controversially described as the founder of Calcutta.
  • llan Chester - Venecuelan singer, keyboardist, arranger and composer.
  • Alice Coltrane - Illuminations( raised Baptist but became a follower of Satrya Sai Baba) - American jazz pianist, organist, harpist and composer.
  • Michael Cremo - American creationist, author and editor
  • Bhagavan Dast - (Born Kermit Michael Riggs) - Western Yogi and former born again Christian
  • Roy Eugene Davis - American Kriya Yoga teacher
  • Krishna Dharma - British author and convert to Gaudiya Vaishnavism under ISKON
  • David Frawley - author on Hinduism, Yoga and Ayurveda 
  • Elizabeth Gilbert - author of Eat Pray Love
  • George Harrison - popular Musician, best known as a member of THE BEATLES who died chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra in the company of monks from ISKON. He is also known for donating Bhaktivedanta Manor, a Hindu temple to the Hare Krishna community in Britain.
  • Lawrence Raghavendra - Tamil and Telugu choreographer, film actor, director, composer and Philanthropist.
  • Christopher Isherwood - Anglo-American novelist
  • Jomol - Malayali Actress
  • Lizy - (born Aliyamma Malayalam of Elizabeth adopted the name Lakshmi) Malayalam Actress
  • Swami Kriyananda - (born J. Donald Walters) direct disciple of the yogi Paramahansa Yogananda 
  • Timothy Leary - Harvard professor and American writer and psychologist
  • Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami - one of the eleven senior American selected to become an initiating guru in ISKON
  • Savitri Devi Mukherji - (born Maximiani Portas) French woman who became enamored with Hinduism and Nazism, trying to synthesise Hinduismwith Nazi philosophy and racial ideology.
  • Sister Nivedita - (born Margaret Elizabeth Noble) Anglo Irish social worker, author and teacher
  • Leelawathy Ramanathan - Australia born, Hindu writer and activist, Converted upon marrying Ponnambalam Ramanathan
  • John Levy - British philosopher who translated books on Advaita Vedanta
  • Annie - (Actress) and(born Annie Jobbie adopted the name Chitra) Malayalam Actress
  • Joseph Ritson - English antiquarian and traveler
  • Julia Roberts - American Actress
  • Han Snel - Dutch painter of Bali
  • Satyananda Stokes - Famous English farmer in Himachal Pradesh 
  • Bhakti Tirtha Swami - (Born John E. Favors) American Hindu leader and disciple of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • Romapada Swami - Preacher of ISKON
  • Kenneth R..  Valpey - Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology who studied at Oxford University, St. Cross College
  • Shaunaka Rishi Das - (born Timothy Kiernan) Director of the Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
  • Nayantara - (born Diana Mariam Kurian) South Indian Actress, model
From Islam
  • Bukka I - king of Vijayanagara Empire who converted to Islam, then reconverted.
  • Nargis - noted Bollywood actress, politician and social workers.  Mother of actor Sanjay Dutt. She converted to Hinduism and took the name of Nirmala Dutton on her marriage to actore Sunil Dutt
  • Annapurna Devi - (born Roshanara Khan) surbahar player and music teacher in the North Indian classical tradition.
  • Harilal Mohandas Gandhi - son of Mahatma Gandhi. Upon converting to islam he adopted the name Abdullah Gandhi,  but later again reverted back to Hinduism.
  • Asha Gawlik - (Born Ayesha) wife of Arundel Gawlik,  notorious gangster turned politician from Mumbai. 
  • Harihara I - King of Vijayanagara Empire who converted to Islam, then reconverted.
  • Aashish Khan - (born Ustad Aashish Khan Debsharma) Indian musician
  • Hassan Palakkode - Malyali writer on Islam
  • Netaji Palkar - Maratha noble and commander-in-chief of the army of Shivaji, 19 June 1676
  • Sarmad - 17th century mystical poet and sufi saint, arrived from Persia to India, beheaded from assumed heresy by the Mughal emperor, Aurungzebe's.  Sarmad renounced judaism, briefly converting to Islam and then Hinduism. He later denounced all religion and rejected belief in God.
  • Anwar Shaikh - British Author
  • Ifa Sudewi - Chief Judge for the 2002 bombing trails.
  • Khusbhoo Sundar - Tamil movie actress. She converted to Hinduism upon Marriage.
  • Haridas Thakura - Prominent Vaishnavite saint, instrumental in the early appearance and spread of Hare Krishana Movement.
  • Zubeida - Hindi film actress, on whose life story the film Zubediaa was based. She converted to Hinduism upon marriage.
  • Nalini Patel - Page( Born Nayyara Mirza) Miss India Finalist of 1967, was the first Muslim to participate in the pageant. She converted to Hinduism after marriage. She is settled in teh USA.
  • Sonam - (Born Bakhtawar Murad) wife of Bollywood directore Rajiv Rai. She converted to Hinduism upon marriage.
  • Fatima Ghadially - Wife of ajith agarkar
From Judaism
  • Ram Dass - (Born Richard Alpert) syncretist, and followers of the Hindu deity Hanuman, Professor of phychology at Harvard University
  • Tamal Krishna Goswami - (born Thomas G. Herzig) governing body commissioner of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
From Buddhism
  • Mihirakula - Huna ruler
  • Rajasinghe II - Sri Lankan king who conquered Kandy
  • Rishabhadata - Satrap viceroy
  • Rudradaman I - Starap ruler and conqueror of the Satavahanas
  • Vasudeva I - Kushan King and numismatist
From Jainism
  • Mahendravarma I - Pallava King and patron of the arts 
  • Visnuvardhana - King of Hoysala empire and prominent temple builder
  • Tirunavakkarsar - Saivite saint and one of the most prominent of the sixty three Nayanars
Others 
  • Charairongba - Manupuri ruler
  • Heliodorus - Greek minister of King Bhagabhadra
  • Pamheiba - Manipuri King
  • Suhungmung - Ahom Kingdom ruler who extended Assam up to the Kamarupa Kingdom
  • Annie Besent - (former atheist) Theosophist, orator and feminist
  • John dobson - (former athiest who become a believer in Vedanata) astronomer and Telescope designer
  • Sita Ram Goel - (former atheist) Indian Commentator, writer and Hindu activist
  • Agehananda Bharti - (born Leopold Fischer) academic Sanskrit, a prolific author about religious subjects and a Hindu monk in the Dasanami Sannyasi order
  • Alain Danielou - (Converted to Shaivism) French historian, intellectual, musicologist and Indologist
  • Ambarish Das - Page( born Alffred Ford) American Businessman, great grandson of Henry Ford, and follower of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (the foundre of ISKON)
  • Urmila Devi Dasi - (born Edith E. Best) female ISKON educator
  • Geoffrey Guiliano - American Biographer
  • Nina Hagen - Follower of Haidakhan babaji, German Singer
  • Aldous Huxley - disciple of Swami Prabhavananda, English writer who emigrated to the United States, author of Brave New World
  • Joe Don Looney - Follower of Swami Muktananda, Football Player
  • J. Mascis - lead Vocalist, guitarist and drummer for Dinosaur Jr. 
  • John McLaughlin - become a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Jazz fusion guitar player
  • Lex Hixon - Suncretist and disciple of Swami Nikhilananda, poet, Philosopher, spritiual practitioner and teacher
  • Mathias Rusty - German Daredevil Pilot
  • J. D. Salinger - American author best known for The Batcher in the Rye
  • Kelli Williams - American Actress who played Lindsay Dole Donnel on the ABC legal Drama the Practice.
  • Ricky Williams - Miami Dolphins football player 
  • Crispian Mills - English rock singer named Krishna Kantha Dasa. He wrote a forward to book by Bhaktivinoda Thakur titled Sri Siksastaka.
  • Jeffrey Armstrong - Canadian Author, Speaker, Poet.

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