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 245,000
World Population 3,647,000
Countries 4
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, Yogiswaram
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bairagi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali (117,000) Maithili (80,000) Bhojpuri (44,000) Awadhi (14,000)
Bantawa (5,500) Magar, Eastern (4,600) Hindi (3,800) Rajbanshi (3,000)
Newar: Newari (2,000) Bengali (700) Angika (400) Musasa (400)
Rawat (300) Kayort (200) Chamling (200) Sonha (90)
Kumaoni (50) Kham, Western Parbate (50) Kham, Sheshi (40) Kham, Gamale (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 117,000 Maithili 80,000
Bhojpuri 44,000 Awadhi 14,000
Bantawa 5,500 Magar, Eastern 4,600
Hindi 3,800 Rajbanshi 3,000
Newar: Newari 2,000 Bengali 700
Angika 400 Musasa 400
Rawat 300 Kayort 200
Chamling 200 Sonha 90
Kumaoni 50 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
Category Resource
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
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
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture International Bible Society
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.28 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.37 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.08 %
0.14 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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