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How to convert to Hinduism?

I receive lot of emails asking how to covert to Hinduism? Or How to become a Hindu? I did not have a straightforward answer. Simply because we Hindus are never taught to think in terms of converting people. We are always asked to respect every religion.

So my search on how to convert to Hinduism landed me up at the doors of Arya Samaj – the mission started by Swami Dayanand Saraswati. The state and central government has given authority to Arya Samaj to issue a certificate to those who wish to embrace Hinduism.

Now how does one become a Hindu? It is very simple. First there is a purification ceremony known as ‘sudhi karma.’ Then render hymns from the four Vedas. Now the person is a Hindu and he/she will get a certificate. The person will only be converted to Hinduism not to any caste. The person can use this certificate to enter any temple in India.

Apart from the Arya Samaj there are other Hindu organizations that are entitled to help people adopt Hinduism. They are usually determined by the state governments.