Famous personalities converts to Hinduism is a concept familiar to celebrities who often convert their religions and screen names after attaining fame. Many celebrities also prefer to convert to different religions in order to find peace and a spiritual awakening. While most celebrities change their religion for spiritual peace, some celebrities have also converted for love.
Famous personalities converts to hinduism
Famous Personalities who got converted to Hinduism From Islam
1. Haridas Thakura
Haridas is a renowned Vaishnavite saint, who played a vital role in the early initiation and spread of Hare Krishna movement. He was raised in a Muslim family and then converted to Vaishnavism as a young man. The original, Muslim name of Haridasa is not known.
2. Harilal Mohandas Gandhi
Harilal Mohandas Gandhi is the son of Mahatma Gandhi. During his middle age, he converted to Islam and acquired the name Abdullah Gandhi. But later due to certain circumstances, he reverted back to Hinduism.
3. Khushboo Sundar (born Nakhat Khan)
Khusboo is a well-known South-Indian actress. Upon marriage, she adopted Hinduism. During her peak Khushbu was the No 1 leading actress of Tamil. She became the first Indian actress for whom her fans built a dedicated temple.
4. Nalini Patel (born Nayyara Mirza)
Nalini Patel was the Miss India finalist during 1967. She was the first Muslim to participate in the pageant. Upon marriage, she adopted Hinduism and got settled in the USA.
Prominent actress, politician, and social activist, Nargis Dutt converted to Hinduism and adopted the name Nirmala Dutt upon marrying actor Sunil Dutt.
6. Sonam (born Bakhtawar Murad)
Sonam hails from a family belonging to cinema. Her grandfather was a veteran character artist Murad. Upon marriage with Bollywood director Rajiv Rai, she converted to Hinduism.
Zubeids was a famous Hindi film actress. She converted to Hinduism upon marriage with Hindu prince, Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur. Her life story was filmed under the name Zubeidaa and was released in 2001.
Famous Personalities who got converted to Hinduism From Christianity
8. Claudia Ciesla
Born to German Parents, she is a model cum actress. She lived in India for few years and acted in various Bollywood movies. She expressed her interest in converting to Hinduism in 2009 and finally changed her religion during 2013.
9. Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert was raised in a Christmas family, but later converted to Hinduism when she went on the journey to write her inspiring best-selling book.
10. George Harrison
George Harrison is a popular English musician, best known as a member of The Beatles. He converted from Christianity to Hinduism in the mid 1960s during his visit to India. He even donated a Bhaktivedanta Manor, to the Hare Krishna community in Britain. During his death, he was chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. His ashes were scattered in the Ganga and Yamuna rivers in India.
11. Ilan Chester
Ilan Chester, is a well-known Venezuelan composer, keyboardist and singer. During his teenage, he first met Hare Krishna devotees and after two years he was given the spiritual name Havi Das by Swami Prabhupada. From thereon, he and his family continued to be active practitioners of the Vaishnava Bhakti.
12. Julia Roberts
American Actress Julia Robert started practicing Hinduism after featuring in the movie ‘Eat, Pray Love’. In the film, she comes to India for a soul searching mission during 2010.
13. Katy Perry
Singer Katy Perry says she is gravitating towards meditation because of husband Russell Brand, who is into Hinduism. Brand, who married Perry in India last year, even sought the blessing of a Hindu guru before the wedding.
14. Kelli Williams
Popular actress of “Army Wives”, Kelli Williams started practicing Hinduism upon marriage with Ajay Sahgal, in 1996.
15. Lawrence Raghavendra
Raghava Lawrence is a Tamil and Telugu actor, choreographer, director, and Philanthropist. After converting from Christianity to Hinduism, Raghavendra expressed his philanthropic views and stands through his movies. He even built a Temple of Sri Ragavendra swami at Thirumulaivoyil in Ambattur.
Malayalam Actress, Lissy was raised as a Roman Catholic Christian. She later fell in love with the famous film director Priyadarshan, and got married to him on 13 December 1990. After marriage, she gave up acting and adopted the name Lakshmi for religious reasons.
17. Nayanthara (born Diana Mariam Kurian)
Actress and Model, Nayanthara was born to Malayali Orthodox Christian parents and was brought up as a Syrian Christian. In 2011, she converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj in Tamil Nadu. She also visited a number of holy places, including Haridwar and Rishikesh in May 2014.
18. Ricky Williams
NFL player Ricky Williams is a Hindu and vegetarian. He uses a Hindu-based pranic healing to recover from injuries.
19. Robert Downey Jr
Well not exactly converted but our own IRON MAN star Robert Downey Jr is a believer of International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He follows Hare Krishna ideology and has often promoted his belief.
20. Sister Nivedita (born Margaret Elizabeth Noble)
Born Margaret Noble, Sister Nivedita is an Irish Author, Social Worker, and Teacher. She moved to India in 1898 after having met Vivekananda. Soon after she arrived she initiated her oath of celibacy, renamed herself and embraced Hinduism entirely.