Bairagi, Hindu in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


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The history of the Bairagi commences with Ramanuja, who lived in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and taught in the southern part of India. A proper Bairagi is one whose principal deity is either Vishnu or any of his incarnations, like Rama and Krishna. A mark (tilak) on the forehead and ear are their identification marks. They worship Gouranga as their family deity and Kali, Manasa and Durga as village deities. They are indifferent to the education of girls.

Ministry Obstacles

To follow Christ is to risk disturbing community harmony within this Hindu community.

Outreach Ideas

Much sustained, focused prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Bairagi community to understand and receive the good news of Jesus of Nazareth.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Jesus among the Hindu Bairagi, but pray for those that the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will be zealous to learn of Christ, and that they will be sent teachers and pastors to help them. Pray they will live holy lives that honor Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Hindu Bairagi community to make schooling for both boys and girls a priority.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Bairagi, Hindu
People Name in Country Bairagi, Hindu
Population in India 3,165,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Atit, Babaji, Baishnab, Bava, Bavaji, Boishnavo, Boslom, Byragi, Dasnami, Pantaram, Rajpur, Ramat, Sadh, Sadhayo, Sadhu, Sanyasi, Shammu, Siddh, Thakur, Udasi, Vairava, Veetasaiva, Vidhi, Virasaivar, Vitasaiva, VV, Yogiswaram
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bairagi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali (1,065,000) Hindi (1,007,000) Gujarati (336,000) Bhojpuri (111,000)
Oriya (108,000) Marwari (82,000) Chhattisgarhi (78,000) Mewari (66,000)
Dhundari (62,000) Malayalam (47,000) Marathi (33,000) Shekhawati (31,000)
Merwari (28,000) Telugu (25,000) Tamil (18,000) Maithili (16,000)
Bagri (15,000) Haroti (13,000) Malvi (12,000) Kachchi (12,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 1,065,000 Hindi 1,007,000
Gujarati 336,000 Bhojpuri 111,000
Oriya 108,000 Marwari 82,000
Chhattisgarhi 78,000 Mewari 66,000
Dhundari 62,000 Malayalam 47,000
Marathi 33,000 Shekhawati 31,000
Merwari 28,000 Telugu 25,000
Tamil 18,000 Maithili 16,000
Bagri 15,000 Haroti 13,000
Malvi 12,000 Kachchi 12,000
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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