Bafinda in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The name Bafinda, or Bafand, is derived from the Persian word baften, meaning cotton dresser. When cotton cultivation stopped in Kashmir with the advent of foreign-made fabrics, they largely shifted to carpet weaving but now are engaged in many vocations. They generally marry only within their own community. Tonsure (cutting some hair on the scalp as a sign of religious devotion or humility) has been reported among the Bafinda. They follow the Islamic law of inheritance.

Ministry Obstacles

Jammu and Kashmir, the home of the Bafinda people, is an area of consistent tension between Muslims and Hindus, between Pakistan and India. A certain amount of danger may be encountered when doing Christian ministry in this region.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for Gospel radio to be widely availlable throughout Kashmir, in Urdu and other languages of this area.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Muslim Bafinda people have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India or Pakistan. Please pray for any secret believers there may be.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for peace throughout Jammu (largely Hindu) and Kashmir (largely Muslim).

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bafinda
People Name in Country Bafinda
Population in India 14,000
World Population 119,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bafand, Bafanda, Dhoon, Nadaf
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kashmiri
People Name General Bafinda
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 16279
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (14,000) Himachal Pradesh (200)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (14,000) Himachal Pradesh (200)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dogri (7,900) Urdu (2,500) Kashmiri (1,900) Nepali (1,100)
Bhadrawahi (300) Chambeali (70)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dogri 7,900 Urdu 2,500
Kashmiri 1,900 Nepali 1,100
Bhadrawahi 300 Chambeali 70

For Main Lanugage: Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1883-1971)
New Testament Yes   (1826)
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Dogri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dogri
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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