Aghori in India

Joshua Project has identified the Aghori only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The main source of subsistence for the Aghori has been begging and consuming leftovers from feasts or hotels. Some are rickshaw-pullers or laborers. However, today there are some in government and private service. Social control is maintained by a headman (mukhia). The priest (sardar-naya) and the treasurer (bhandari) are the other officials. Unless the council's decisions are obeyed, the offender is usually excommunicated. They worship family deities (gosai) such as Bhairals, Bishahar, and Panchunath.

Ministry Obstacles

This community of India probably has little if any understanding of the person of Jesus Christ. They have a worldview quite different than that of the Christian.

Outreach Ideas

Some of the people in this community speak a language (Hindi, Maithili) that has many Christian resources available. Scripture and the Jesus film are available in these languages, as examples. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known believers in this community today. But pray the Lord is even now preparing teachers and pastors for those who will soon come to faith.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this poor community will be able to find good employment and will be able to find ways out of poverty.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-04
Video Links:
A Pilgrimage
People Name General Aghori
People Name in Country Aghori
Population in India 71,000
World Population 71,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aghorapanthi, Aghore, Bhatuk, Bhatuk Gulgulia, Giri, Gosain, Gulgulia, Karkarmunda, Karkarmundi, Sarbhangi, Surbhang
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Aghori
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16178
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (31,000) Uttar Pradesh (22,000) Bihar (13,000) Jharkhand (2,100)
Rajasthan (1,100) Uttarakhand (1,000) West Bengal (400) Maharashtra (90)
Karnataka (40) Odisha (20)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (31,000) Uttar Pradesh (22,000)
Bihar (13,000) Jharkhand (2,100)
Rajasthan (1,100) Uttarakhand (1,000)
West Bengal (400) Maharashtra (90)
Karnataka (40) Odisha (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (62,000) Bhojpuri (2,400) Bundeli (1,600) Maithili (1,200)
Dhundari (900) Garhwali (700) Kumaoni (100) Marwari (100)
Wagdi (90) Telugu (40) Mewari (40) Awadhi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 62,000 Bhojpuri 2,400
Bundeli 1,600 Maithili 1,200
Dhundari 900 Garhwali 700
Kumaoni 100 Marwari 100
Wagdi 90 Telugu 40
Mewari 40 Awadhi 40
Merwari 10
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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