Bishnoi, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bishnoi, Hindu traditions 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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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-20
Video Links:
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People Name General Bishnoi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Bishnoi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 677,000
World Population 677,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bishnoi, Bisnoi, Marwadi, Marwari, Vighiamal, Vishio, Vishnoi, Visro, Wisnoi
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (359,000) Uttar Pradesh (136,000) Odisha (103,000) Haryana (72,000)
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 (359,000) Uttar Pradesh (136,000)
Odisha (103,000) Haryana (72,000)
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
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

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 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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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