Bishnoi, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bishnoi, Hindu only in India






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The Bishnoi are a community of nature worshippers. The guru who founded the sect directed the worship of lord Vishnu (Bishnu), hence the name Bishnoi. On one day in the year 1730, 363 Bishnoi individuals voluntarily gave up their own lives in order to spare the cutting of trees growing near their village. The first lady to resist the tree cutters said, "If a tree is saved even at the cost of one's head, it's worth it." The axe intended for the tree severed her head, the first of 363 sacrifices.

Ministry Obstacles

The worldview of this Hindu/Animist group is very different than the worldview of a monotheist who acknowledges the creator God.

Outreach Ideas

Relationships must be built between believers and the Bishnoi.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Christian believers that will soon emerge from the Bishnoi community, that they will be granted the gift of faith to believe and accept the gift of eternal life offered by Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bishnoi, that they will transfer their allegiance from the creation to the Creator.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-20
People Name General Bishnoi, Hindu
People Name in Country Bishnoi, Hindu
Population in India 644,000
World Population 644,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bishnoi, Bisnoi, Marwadi, Marwari, Vighiamal, Vishio, Vishnoi, Visro, Wisnoi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bishnoi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 16464
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (354,000) Uttar Pradesh (134,000) Odisha (101,000) Haryana (71,000)
Madhya Pradesh (4,100) Delhi (1,300) Punjab (800) Himachal Pradesh (500)
Gujarat (400) Chandigarh (20)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (354,000) Uttar Pradesh (134,000)
Odisha (101,000) Haryana (71,000)
Madhya Pradesh (4,100) Delhi (1,300)
Punjab (800) Himachal Pradesh (500)
Gujarat (400) Chandigarh (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (300,000) Marwari (154,000) Oriya (98,000) Merwari (45,000)
Bagri (29,000) Dhundari (16,000) Haryanvi (7,900) Panjabi, Eastern (4,300)
Mewari (2,300) Shekhawati (1,900) Wagdi (300) Kangri (300)
Gujarati (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 300,000 Marwari 154,000
Oriya 98,000 Merwari 45,000
Bagri 29,000 Dhundari 16,000
Haryanvi 7,900 Panjabi, Eastern 4,300
Mewari 2,300 Shekhawati 1,900
Wagdi 300 Kangri 300
Gujarati 300
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi 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 Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: Evgeni Zotov   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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