Bairagi, Hindu in Nepal







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 Nepal 245,000
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 Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali (115,000) Maithili (79,000) Bhojpuri (46,000) Awadhi (14,000)
Bantawa (5,600) Magar, Eastern (4,600) Hindi (3,800) Rajbanshi (3,000)
Newar (2,000) Bengali (700) Musasa (500) Angika (400)
Rawat (300) Kayort (200) Chamling (200) Sonha (90)
Kumaoni (50) Kham, Western Parbate (50) Dungmali (40) Kham, Sheshi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 115,000 Maithili 79,000
Bhojpuri 46,000 Awadhi 14,000
Bantawa 5,600 Magar, Eastern 4,600
Hindi 3,800 Rajbanshi 3,000
Newar 2,000 Bengali 700
Musasa 500 Angika 400
Rawat 300 Kayort 200
Chamling 200 Sonha 90
Kumaoni 50 Kham, Western Parbate 50
Dungmali 40 Kham, Sheshi 40
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.14%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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