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Hinduism in Scotland is of relatively recent provenance, with the bulk of Scottish Hindus having settled there in the second half of the 20th century. Some Scottish Hindus prefer not to be called 'Asians' [1] as this term is often used to refer to Scotland's Pakistani community. At the 2001 Census, 5,600 people identified as Hindu, which equated to 0.1% of the Scottish population.[1]


Most Scottish Hindus are of Indian origin, or at least from neighbouring countries, such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Many of these came after Idi Amin's expulsion from Uganda in the 1970s, and some also came from South Africa. There are also a few of Indonesian origin.

Many of these in turn are from the Punjab. Common languages amongst them, other than English include Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati.


There are several Hindu temples across the country. A temple in the West End of Glasgow, opened in 2006.[2] The ISKCON aka "Hare Krishna" also operates out of Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire. There are also temples in Edinburgh and Dundee with plans announced in 2008 for a temple in Aberdeen.[3]

See also


  1. ANALYSIS OF RELIGION IN THE 2001 CENSUS: Summary Report, accessed 3 Dec 2009
  2. New Hindu temple opens in Glasgow BBC News, 19 July 2006
  3. Hindu temple planned for Aberdeen BBC News, 22 September 2008

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