Bairagi, Hindu in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



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 Nepal 209,000
World Population 3,611,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Atit, Babaji, Bairagi, Bairagi Bawa, Bairagi Bostom, Baishnab, Bava, Bavaji, Bhat Brahman, Boishnavo, Boslom, Bostom, Byragi, Dasnami, Pantaram, Rajpur, Rajput, Ramat, Sadh, Sadhayo, Sadhu, Sanyasi, Shammu, Siddh, Thakur, Udasi, Vairagi, Vairava, Veetasaiva, Vidhi, Vira Saivar, Virasaiva Lingayat, Virasaivar, Vitasaiva, Yogiswaram
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bairagi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 16297
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (39,000) Lumbini (25,000) Bagmati (23,000) Janakpur (20,000)
Bheri (20,000) Kosi (17,000) Mahakali (16,000) Sagarmatha (16,000)
Mechi (16,000) Seti (13,000) Gandaki (10,000) Rapti (4,800)
Karnali (3,400) Dhawalagiri (1,700)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (39,000) Lumbini (25,000)
Bagmati (23,000) Janakpur (20,000)
Bheri (20,000) Kosi (17,000)
Mahakali (16,000) Sagarmatha (16,000)
Mechi (16,000) Seti (13,000)
Gandaki (10,000) Rapti (4,800)
Karnali (3,400) Dhawalagiri (1,700)
Languages & Dialects on file:  20  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (119,000) Bhojpuri (47,000) Maithili (36,000) Awadhi (13,000)
Hindi (3,400) Newar: Newari (1,100) Magar, Eastern (800) Angika (400)
Bantawa (300) Rawat (300) Musasa (200) Bengali (200)
Kayort (200) Chamling (200) Rajbanshi (100) Sonha (90)
Kumaoni (60) Kham, Western Parbate (50) Kham, Sheshi (40) Kham, Gamale (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 119,000 Bhojpuri 47,000
Maithili 36,000 Awadhi 13,000
Hindi 3,400 Newar: Newari 1,100
Magar, Eastern 800 Angika 400
Bantawa 300 Rawat 300
Musasa 200 Bengali 200
Kayort 200 Chamling 200
Rajbanshi 100 Sonha 90
Kumaoni 60 Kham, Western Parbate 50
Kham, Sheshi 40 Kham, Gamale 20
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Nepali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.18 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.62 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
0.08 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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