Badhai, Muslim traditions in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Badhai name comes from the Sanskrit vardhna which means 'cutting'. The Badhais believe that their name comes from Lord Vishwakarma who created two people groups: the cutters of wood, or Badhai people and the workers of iron, or Lohar people. Of the more than 6 million Badhai in South Asia about 10 percent (or 600,000) are Muslims. Most of those Badhai Muslims live in Uttar Pradesh but others are scattered through north India, Nepal and Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

As mentioned above the Badhai are traditionally wood-cutters and carpenters. Today carpentry is still common though some have acquired land and are involved in agriculture. The men have a custom of wearing the dhoti, a baniyan shirt and a red cloth, or gamcha, over the shoulder. They are not vegetarian and prefer rice and wheat as staple grains. The small Badhai population in Nepal that are found mainly in Rapti, Bheri and Sagarmatha zones are primarily Nepali speaking but also use Urdu, Bhojpuri and Maithili. Though most Badhai are Hindus the smaller Nepali Badhai are nearly all Sunni Muslims.

What Are Their Needs?

From the carpentry origins, lets pray that Jesus, the prophet and carpenter, can be proclaimed in this lost community of Muslims. There are no known believers among this group. May woodworking Christians and other believers gain a burden for this group of people!

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-19
People Name General Badhai, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Badhai, Muslim traditions
Population in Nepal 2,300
World Population 647,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badhai, Barahai, Barai, Barariswabrahma, Barariswakarma, Barhi, Bariswakarma, Barjib, Bharai, Chhan, Chourasia, Jangid Brahman, Khati, Kolash, Lote, Mistri, Najjar, Panchal, Saifi, Sharmaji, Sutar, Tarkhan, Thakur, Viswakarma
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bheri (900) Sagarmatha (500) Lumbini (400) Kosi (300)
Rapti (200) Bagmati (40)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bheri (900) Sagarmatha (500)
Lumbini (400) Kosi (300)
Rapti (200) Bagmati (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (1,200) Maithili (400) Bhojpuri (400) Nepali (100)
Awadhi (60)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 1,200 Maithili 400
Bhojpuri 400 Nepali 100
Awadhi 60
For Primary Language: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
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Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nepali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Nepali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

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: Anonymous  
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