Bhat, Hindu traditions in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Bhat are known for 'phakra' (speaking poetically in praise of others). The Bhats are an offshoot of Brahmins, as their name is merely a corruption of the term Brahman. They are mainly a landowning community. They work in temples as priests who sometimes read the Bhagat and Puranas. They worship Tusu and Bhadu and local deities such as Kudra. The Bhat shun manual work. Literacy is very low among the Bhat, particularly among women.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bhat community speaks over 40 languages. Evangelistic and church planting efforts need to accommodate these language subdivisions. The low literacy rate suggests the need for oral communication of the Gospel message.

Outreach Ideas

Christian workers can carry the good news of Jesus to the Bhat community using Gospel films and recordings in the various languages spoken by the community.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Christ today among the Hindu Bhat, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will live a life worthy of their calling in Christ. Pray also for the availability of resources such as Scripture and Gospel recordings.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray each individual in the Bhat community who is capable of making a decision about Christ will be given at least one opportunity to do so. Pray the message will be in the mother tongue of the individual, and will be clearly presented.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhat, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Bhat, Hindu traditions
Population in Nepal 800
World Population 1,382,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baghmundi, Bahi Bhati, Bahrot, Baram Bhatt, Batera, Battera, Batterha, Bhaat, Bhaot, Bhat, Bhat Brahman, Bhata, Bhatra, Bhatraju, Bhatrazu, Bhatrose, Bhats, Bhatta Goswami, Bhatu, Biram Bhatt, Bohrot, Brahm Bhatt, Brahma Bhat, Brahmabhat, Brahmabhatta, Brahmbhatt, Chara, Charan, Chare, Dabaut, Darpi, Dasund, Digpal, Jaga, Jagabhat, Jagawa, Jasondhi, Jathikirthulu, Jyotshi, Kanjar, Karvan Bhat, Kavi, Kavi Brahman, Maru, Mary, Naik, Panchakat, Rai, Rai Bhatt, Raj Bhat, Raju, Ramavat, Ramiya, Ramiya Rathor, Ran, Rana, Rao, Rathor, Rathore, Rau, Salui, Salvi, Sivachandi, Sotiya, Swali, Takur, Thakur
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bhat, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16406
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)
Janakpur (200) Lumbini (200) Bagmati (200) Bheri (90)
Sagarmatha (80) Narayani (60)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (200) Lumbini (200)
Bagmati (200) Bheri (90)
Sagarmatha (80) Narayani (60)
Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (400) Bhojpuri (200) Awadhi (100) Nepali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 400 Bhojpuri 200
Awadhi 100 Nepali
For Primary Language: Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: jivən səndesh Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Maithili Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Maithili 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: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
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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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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