Badhi, Hindu traditions in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

This vegetarian Hindu people group lives in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Different sources give different answers to what their traditional occupation was. Some say that they were once jugglers, and that those in rural areas made stone grinders. Another source says that they were traditionally basket-weavers. Today some work as carpenters, day laborers or as farmers along with their traditional occupations. There are those who have taken to begging for alms. The Badhi people are very poor.

The Badhis follow traditional Hindu practices when it comes to marriage. Families negotiate their marriages, and parents pay a dowry. After the Hindu marriage rituals are performed, the couple is officially married. Tragically, the Badhi people suffer a higher than average divorce rate, and either spouce can seek a divorce. If the wife opts for the divorce, then the bride price must be returned to the groom's family. Divorcees above 30 years of age are not permitted to re-marry.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Badhi people are Hindu, and they focus much of their worship on clan and village deities, especially their patron god, Kalimata.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Badhi people will soon give their full allegiance to Jesus Christ, and forsake all other gods.
* Pray that God will do a miracle in Badhi marriages to demonstrate His loving-kindness for their families.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-08
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People Name General Badhi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Badhi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 71,000
World Population 109,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baandhi, Badde, Badhi, Badhi Nagalu, Badi, Badia, Bandi Nagalu, Barwa, Chinaora, Dapad, Jamoria, Kalbelia, Melori, Nagalu, Nat, Odmata, Pirahi, Pirhai, Rehr, Sampheriya, Sapad, Sapela, Sapela Nat, Sapera, Sheikh, Shilpakar, Silpkar Badi, Tamoria, Uranamara
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:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (27,000) Haryana (13,000) Rajasthan (11,000) Uttar Pradesh (7,400)
Maharashtra (3,600) Delhi (3,400) Punjab (3,400) Uttarakhand (2,400)
Madhya Pradesh (200) Manipur (40) Chandigarh (10)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (27,000) Haryana (13,000)
Rajasthan (11,000) Uttar Pradesh (7,400)
Maharashtra (3,600) Delhi (3,400)
Punjab (3,400) Uttarakhand (2,400)
Madhya Pradesh (200) Manipur (40)
Chandigarh (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  27  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (29,000) Panjabi, Eastern (8,400) Kangri (7,200) Pahari, Mahasu (5,700)
Marwari (4,600) Chambeali (2,900) Garhwali (2,500) Haryanvi (1,800)
Konkani (1,200) Bagri (1,100) Marathi (600) Kanauji (500)
Kumaoni (500) Mewari (400) Wagdi (400) Mandeali (300)
Dhundari (300) Bhattiyali (200) Churahi (200) Shekhawati (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 29,000 Panjabi, Eastern 8,400
Kangri 7,200 Pahari, Mahasu 5,700
Marwari 4,600 Chambeali 2,900
Garhwali 2,500 Haryanvi 1,800
Konkani 1,200 Bagri 1,100
Marathi 600 Kanauji 500
Kumaoni 500 Mewari 400
Wagdi 400 Mandeali 300
Dhundari 300 Bhattiyali 200
Churahi 200 Shekhawati 200
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
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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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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