How to convert to Hinduism? – A Request

published on April 25, 2013

Following is a query send to us by one Godwin Joseph. HK request our willing readers to provide guidance.(Authenticity of the request has not been verified; Decided to publish the request as the guidance might help many others as well who is in dilemma after realizing the futility of alien religions)

How to convert to Hinduism?
Dear friends,

I am born in a Christian family, but I considers myself to be a Hindu by culture. But now, I want to fully reconvert to Hinduism. Can you guys help me? I am from Kottayam district in Kerala.

My questions:-

1) How can I convert to Hinduism?
2) Should I change my name after conversion?
3) Would there be many legal formalities?

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Responses

  1. GSK Menon Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    How to convert to Hinduism
    Welcome Godwin, reconversion is simple, you are already a Hindu by having been born in this country. Contact any Arya Samaj Office, or any priest who will do a Shuddi ceremony, denoting acceptance of Hindu faith. Proudly take a Hindu name of your liking. A simple advt in papers and an affidavit before a Notary Public is sufficient to complete the legal formality. The advt would be like this “I ….s/o Shri…., herby declare that I have converted to Hindu faith and adopted the name……..Henceforth I shall be known by this name.
    Signed befor Notary Public.
    In Bangalore all Notary Public will do this for a nominal fee.
    Welcome to Hinduism, your ancestral faith.

  2. Arjun Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Welcome to ur mother Hindu dharma …
    How to Become a Hindu
    A Guide for Seekers and Born Hindus http://www.himalayanacademy.com/view/how-to-become-a-hindu

    some list of convert hindus of western world http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_converts_to_Hinduism ..

  3. Arjun Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Welcome to ur mother Hindu dharma …
    Legal Formalities u need Arya Samaj Convertion Certificate …Contact Arya samaj dont know address of kottayam …

    Arya Samaj Mandiram
    Ram Mohan Road,
    Calicut contact Phone: 0495 – 2723333 …

    Arya Samaj Mandir – Karamana, Trivandrum 0471-2343405 .
    mob-94 00 000 600

    or contact VHP …Call Hindu help line – 9497545511 .

  4. manu Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Namaste …
    we can arrange reconvertion process (simple legal formality in Hindu Mission) @ thiruvanathapuram… HK Admin check mail give contact number .

    • Gopi Reply

      April 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Hi am.hindu my friend Cristian we are planning to marriage. But we both are planning marriage in temple. We check with temple if u both is hindu than they will ready for done the marriage. Can u pls tell me what is the procedure my friend to convert our hinud religion. And can u pls tell if we can to in tamilnadu or Kerala.. give the contact number and procedure its very urgent

  5. Arun Kumar Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Ways
    1.Currently VHP & Arya Samaj is only have authorized to convert a person to Hinduism and issue certificates.Better to contact these organization for converting to Hindu

    2.Better to change name by publishing in Guzzette.

  6. Hari Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Hinduism
    The Answers are as below

    1)How to convert to hinduism

    The day when u decided to convert you have to take bath in the morning and with dhoti and towel stand before your ancestors photos.Pray to them.Go to near by temple get blessings of all gods.In the auspicious time take tulsi water .Before taking tulsi water say “Narayana” thrice.

    You can do homam specific for this ritual.Please do mail me.I can give you contacts so that they will help in this.

    2)Should I change my name after conversion?

    Yes

    3)Would there be many legal formalities?

    No.I can give you contacts so that they will help in this.

    Contact me :[email protected]

  7. Saji Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Conversion
    Contact Arya Samajam on 09818476605 they might guide you.

    But this is little funny, One cannot be converted from Hinduism or to Hinduism, its a way of life. All one need to do is follow the Hindu way of life. Understand the true essence of this culture and heritage. Understand the paths are different but the eternal truth is only one. Foreign religions like Islam and Christianity who dont understand our culture starts misleading people and ask them to ‘convert’ means disown ones roots and follow a particular teaching to attain “heaven”. There are Gurus and mahatmans in this land who has taught better ways to find heaven in earth. So, I would humbly suggest Godwin Joseph to learn our mahapuranas and start following his ancestors way of living.

  8. RAMA Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    reconversion
    since you go back to your ancestors faith and tradition which came as cycle of chain for very long time, there is no much of formalities except change of name and visit to the temple of your faith ( it could be shiva or vishnu or others ) and do archana to the god. name change involves legal formalities.

  9. Kannan Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 1:37 am

    conversion to hinduism
    Do not convert. never convert.

    Just feel it, follow the principles, and live with it. If you have time and RS 4000.00 to spare, kindly contact school of Bhagavath Geetha and buy CD’s on Bhagavath Geetha by Swami Sandeepananda Giri. This will change your approach and outlook to the modern world.

  10. Dr.Vijaya Rajiva Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Home Coming
    Welcome home Godwin Joseph !
    You are returning to your ancestral faith.

  11. govinda Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 2:45 am

    conversion..
    the truth is not going to change by converting to a different religion.. so find the truth first before deciding to convert or not convert.. semitic religions assume there is a god, so question that truth and see if what is taught by your religion stands all tests of philosophy, mysticism and theology.. it is bound to fail 🙂 then find a guru who can initiate you into the higher truths.. this will give you a better view of life rather than a simple conversion.. hinduism will begin with where you are and end with who you are.. it has got nothing to do with religion as we know it..

  12. van iyer Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Sudhi
    Whoever born in Hindustan is a Hindu. Just like American, Chinese etc. Therefore, if you wish to come back to your ancestral religion, start live like a hindu. Change your dress code. If you really try, you will find your root. Choose one name for you from your ancestors. Also ask other members of your family to follow this.

    Go to temple regularly and offer a flower to the deity.

    All the best

  13. mgd Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Masurashram, Goregaon(E), Mumbai.
    I don’t know about other cities but there is a place called Masurashram in Goregaon East, Mumbai.

  14. JPS Nair Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Is there a process for becoming a Hindu ?
    Is there any procedure recommended in Vedas for becoming a Hindu? The procedures followed are adhoc. Actually taking rebirth is the only legitimate method to becoming a Hindu. Taking birth as a Hindu is something devine which is a decided by God. For a Hindu, it is easy to convert to Christainity or Islam. But, it is not easy to convert back to Hinduism. Hinduism, never encouraged Non-Hindus to become Hindus. Hinduism gets purified when the unfaithful followers go out and join other religions. This is because only genuine Hindus remain as Hindus.

  15. Avinash Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

    a doubt
    If a person from another religion converts o Hinduism, what will be his caste?

  16. Manoj Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Why not Re-conversion
    @ JPS Nair,
    Hinduism has been in existence for thousands of years, however it is only after the advent of Christianity and islam that conversion has become a threat to the survival of the religion. During the ancient times there was no such threat, hence the Rishis did not formulate any rule as such for reconversion. However any threat against Sanatana Dharma was met head on. That is why our Gods and Godesses are armed. They have not preached ahimsa of the mahatma variety, instead Lord Krishna terms any refusal to fight against threats to Dharma as cowardice and sin (Shudram Hrudaya dourbalyam). Refer Bhagavad Gita chapter 2, sloka 3, & 31 to 35. Now there is a serious existential threat against our religion and hence we need to put in place the necessary defenses. Making reconversion easy should be one of them.
    Also you say that “taking rebirth is the only legitimate method to becoming a Hindu”. This is not true. Again Lord encourages all ignorant of the Truth to attain the truth. He says that even the worst sinner will be enlightened once he becomes the lord’s devotee.

  17. Doesnt Matter Who Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Simple
    There are no rules rituals for conversion.
    Every person is Born Hindu, its only after the respective rituals that they change.

    U NEVER CONVERT to Hinduism .. U RETURN to hinduism
    Visit Temples … remove cross if the temple rule prohibits
    Follow simple good for life practices like
    – Lighting a Lamp every morning n evening
    – Singing Bhajans in the evening
    – Praying with folded hands at least for a Minute in front of a Roopam every morning.
    – Apply sandalwood paste etc if you feel so

    Some points to note while entering a temple
    . Do not enter a temple after eating meat or Alcohol
    . Body / Mental cleanliness essential

    Vandemaataram

  18. arjun Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    casteless hindus
    @avinash…what about lakhs of western hindus converts they dont have caste …casteless hindus .

    African Hindus …http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zq-3A4xnxs

    and they dont have castes u can follow any samprdaya of hinduism

  19. Abhiram Reply

    April 27, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Welcome
    Welcome back to your ancestor religion …first learn about hinduism contact chinamaya mission

    or meet Chidananda puri swami @Advaithashramam, Kolathur . learn be part in activities with ur family…if need legal convertion u can do it from arya samaj centre’s (if u want to enter temples (mainly vaishnava temples) like Sree padmanabha temple or Guruvayoor u need to show Hindu convertion papers because these elaborate system of rites, which according to tradition strictly ..

    Chinmaya Mission Kottayam
    Azad Lane, South Thirunakkara,
    Kottayam – 686 001
    Kerala
    India

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: +91-481-2564794 / 2567297
    Fax: +91-481-2569226

  20. S @Aditya Reply

    April 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Birth decides?
    Mr JPS Nair, one doubt:
    As per your theory those child rapists, who are born Hindus are superior to a dharmic Non Hindu, who wants to embrace Hinduism!
    Funny indeed,

  21. S @Aditya Reply

    April 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Birth decides?
    Mr JPS Nair, one doubt:
    As per your theory those child rapists, who are born Hindus are superior to a dharmic Non Hindu, who wants to embrace Hinduism!
    Funny indeed,

  22. surya Reply

    April 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    convert now
    Read Stephen Knapp, David Frawley, Himalayanacademy.com. etc. to see the western hindus speaking about Hinduism. Also google western hindu and follow the chain blogs given on the right side of the home page. All by white hindus. Ramakrishna Math converts you among many other many ashrams. Some ignorant people ask about caste, if caste is important how come intercaste marriages have become so common and next whats the caste of their kids. Caste is for division of labor not for any other purposes. Welcome to Hinduism.Surya, USA

  23. arun Reply

    April 30, 2013 at 2:42 am

    fake!!
    i really feel this is fake..keralites should very well know that no kottayam christian is gonna come back to the hindu fold..comeon guys..its obvious..they are hardcore christians..they act as if they were the 1st christians in this world..thats how ridiculous those guys are..dont believe this..
    this is only one of their ploys to fool gullible hindus..
    my dear fellow hindus..the stark reality is a lot different..we are losing our stand with each passing day
    plz save our religion..its already too late but its yet not impossible..
    on top of islamic slaughter and christian conversion we are now grappling with border issues..bangladeshi muslims..chinese..pakistanis etc are all slowly killing india and MAINLY THEY ARE KILLING HINDUS…REALISE PPL..
    WE HAVE TO REMOVE SECULARITY FROM THE CONSTITUTION AND MAKE INDIA A HINDU NATION!!!

    A TRUE HINDU

  24. Omkar Ramadasan Reply

    April 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Welcome back to hinduism
    The best way for return journey to hinduism is to get information about Thai Paradevatha (Kula devatha- Mother God). If you do not know about your Kuladevatha please consult an astrologer and get information. Start Nama Sadhana (Chanting the name of kuladevatha. For ex. OM shree ……. Namaha). All Indians were originally hindus. Therefore it may not be difficult for the astrologer to find out Kuladevatha.

  25. aryasamajkerala.org Reply

    July 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Welecome “Back to Vedas”
    Shri. Godwin Joseph, Pls try to know all religion and after you can choose any religion. Before you must study the origin of Religious. Do you have 2 hours for discuss with us for knowing Vedic Dharma. If yes pls call 94 00 000 600.

    With Love,
    Aryasamajkerala.org

  26. ANIRUDDH Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 4:09 am

    No one can convert in hinduism
    hello friend,
    i want to explain u that there is no any epic registered procedure to convert in hinduism. becoz every hindus has a social status and it is also mention in vedas and purans. like cast ,culture ,gotir etc and it is going on since long time .so every hindu has its own identity. so if you will convert in to hinduism ,ur past will be clear ,u would not be have your cast ,ur ist-dev ,ur culture nothing will have. so u cn follow the hinduism but u can convert via any process. and it might be possible that in past you would been a hindu. but now u dont know about ur identity .

  27. Maya Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Best source to inform you on Hinduism
    Hey there Godwin,

    I’d recommend you looking at this website called http://hinducosmos.com
    A famous Hindu priest who has practising Hinduism enacted this website . I assure you won’t be disappointed. He’s very knowledgable and has conducted prayers in India, Fiji, New Zealand , America and Australia.

  28. mohammed suhail Reply

    January 19, 2014 at 7:33 am

    convert to hinduism
    i am suhail,muslim.i want to become hindu.i am from chennai,tamilnadu.i i need help how to become hindu.my contact is 9003495490

  29. Rohit Reply

    August 8, 2014 at 3:18 am

    19/01/2014
    Welcome Suhail, reconversion is simple.
    Contact any Arya Samaj Office, or any priest who will do a Shuddi ceremony, denoting acceptance of Hindu faith. Proudly take a Hindu name of your liking. A simple advt in papers and an affidavit before a Notary Public is sufficient to complete the legal formality. The advt would be like this “I ….s/o Shri…., herby declare that I have converted to Hindu faith and adopted the name……..Henceforth I shall be known by this name.
    Signed befor Notary Public.
    In India. all Notary Public will do this for a nominal fee.
    Welcome to Hinduism, your ancestral faith.PLS state your correct no. henceforth.

  30. Deb Reply

    August 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    You are a hindu by faith and practice.
    Hinduism is a faith and practice of life and prayer.
    When you have started beleving in Hinduism, you are a hindu. Now you need to paracice the hindu life styles and prayer procedure including your food habits.
    May Broma Bisnu and Shiva bless you.

  31. renuga Reply

    September 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Hi vanakam…hw to proses be coming to hindu.. .my boyfriend want change the caster …I want hindu certificate ….my lover original caster is Christian . ..me from chennai pls I net to help..

  32. Rajdeep Bux Reply

    February 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Sir

    I am born christian, since I studied out of hometown and have always followed Hinduism. I want to become Hindu legally. Please let me know How can embrace our roots of Hinduism.
    Rajdeep

  33. Imran Khan Reply

    March 19, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hi my name is imran khan and I’m from pathaan family..everyday A dream comes in my eyes.A Man Like Shiv Ji He Comes .I want To Change My Religion Because That Was So Real .I Tell Him That was Impossible wish .But That Done !! I want To Veshnu Devi And Ganga Isnan ..Paper Work Does Not Matter For Me Just Tell Me What Should I Do Now ??

  34. Dr dev Reply

    November 9, 2017 at 1:35 am

    You need just three things, 1, chant gayatri mantra everyday morning and evening at leat 21 times. Preferred 108 times. 2. Stop eating beef pork and sny red meat. Veg preferable. 3. Attend temple regularly

  35. Anil Reply

    March 27, 2018 at 7:38 am

    With pure heart you are saying you are Hindu no need to go any where

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