I see varying degrees of deity "devotion" in Hinduism within the structure of the Vedas. The samhitas and brahmanas provide rituals and a mythos to illustrate use of the principles behind them. The aranyakas provide some specific concerns for later in life and the upanishads allow for ishta devata or even advaita where we and god are one as brahmin.

  • What percentage of all Hindus believe that the gods are merely mythical in nature?
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    Why the 2nd question on Secular aspect. It has no relevance to the core question content Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 10:10
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    because I wish to know? is that not enough? why do I have to say why I wish to know?
    – Kauvasara
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 12:57
  • Both are different questions. In my view, it is better to ask a separate question on that topic Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 12:58
  • sorry SK but that does not tell me anything about the numbers who AREN'T at those temples or in those lines.
    – Kauvasara
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 15:58
  • well, that combined with the fact that you have many unable to get to temple or pursue a tirtha. There are many who practice only in their homes and follow a manas tirtha.
    – Kauvasara
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 20:30

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The religion data from 2011 Census of India was released in August 2015. It revealed that about 2,870,000 people had stated no religion in their response, about 0.27% of the nation's population.[85] However, the number included atheists, rationalists and also those who believed in a higher power. K. Veeramani, a Dravidar Kazhagam leader, said that it was the first time the number of non-religious people was recorded in the census. However, he added that he believed that the number of atheists in India was actually higher as many people don't reveal their atheism out of fear.[86]

I assume you are asking for people who consider themselves Hindus but are atheists - that answer would be hard to get.

  • wow, less than 1%! That's incredible.
    – Ikshvaku
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 21:33
  • See the predictions of the Kali yuga are wrong!
    – Wikash_
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 0:51
  • @Ikshvaku Really, are the Abrahamic faiths any better? At least Atheists will likely give up their beliefs on getting evidence. The others will claim demons/djinn who always seem to be more powerful than their gods are. Commented Nov 26, 2021 at 21:17
  • @Wikash_ I don't think there actually is a prophecy of more atheists. Atheistic philosophies yes, but I think that's just because the authors are tired of humans having stupid beliefs about the supreme God. Commented Nov 26, 2021 at 21:19
  • Authors of what?
    – Wikash_
    Commented Nov 26, 2021 at 22:56

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