Brahmin in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Brahmin is a Hindu Indian caste. The English word brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word Brahmana. Brahman refers to the 'Supreme Self' in Hinduism or the first of the gods. Brahmin refers to an individual.

In 1931 (the last Indian census to record caste), Brahmins accounted for 4.32% of the total Indian population. Due to the diversity in religious and cultural traditions and practices, and the Vedic schools which they belong to, Brahmins are further divided into various sub-castes.

Brahmins perform vedic rituals but only a subset of brahmins are involved in priestly duties including teaching and preaching. They have also excelled as educators, law makers, scholars, doctors, warriors, writers, poets, land owners and politicians. Many famous Indians are Brahmins.

The history of the Brahmins is associated with the Vedic religion of early Hinduism, usually referred to as Sanatana Dharma. The Vedas are the primary source for Brahmin practices. Over time, Brahmins became a powerful and influential group in India and many discriminated against lower castes. However, in modern India some Brahmins claim reverse discrimination.

Where Are they Located?

Brahmins are located throughout India but mainly in the Northern states such as Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. There are small concentrations in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Brahmins are enjoined to offer prayers three times a day as prescribed in the Vedas. Most Brahmins today are vegetarians or lacto-vegetarians. Non-vegetarian Brahmins are mainly those in cooler mountain areas like Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Nepal. In some coastal areas like Bengal, Brahmins are fish eaters.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Brahmins can be identified by the three Hindu paths of Devotion, Knowledge and Yoga which they espouse in order for a person to achieve 'god realization', the ultimate aim of the Hindu religion. All Brahmin teachings and writings relate to one of these paths. One is free to choose the path depending upon a person's inclination. Brahmins are Vedic priests and they have three compulsory occupations - studying the Vedas, worshiping deities and charitable giving.

Prayer Points

* Brahmins are a key community in India who uphold Hinduism. Please pray that the light of the gospel breaks through the veil that blinds this community.
* Pray that the true God will reveal Himself to this community and use Brahmins to preach and teach about Jesus Christ.


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People Name General Brahmin
People Name in Country Brahmin
Population in India 60,481,000
World Population 64,611,000
Countries 7
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aruva, Asomiya Brahman, Assmese Brahman, Bahrani, Bahun, Bajey, Baman, Bhagavathulu, Brahman-Khatri, Dravidulu Brahman, Gaur, Gorkha, Nepali, Pandit, Peshin, Sharma, Smartha Brahman, Sourashtra, Swangla
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Brahmin
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16521
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:  36  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (13,057,000) Bihar (7,268,000) Maharashtra (4,559,000) Rajasthan (4,396,000)
Madhya Pradesh (4,075,000) West Bengal (3,919,000) Andhra Pradesh (2,653,000) Karnataka (2,565,000)
Tamil Nadu (2,390,000) Gujarat (2,287,000) Odisha (2,071,000) Uttarakhand (1,794,000)
Haryana (1,704,000) Delhi (1,312,000) Assam (1,228,000) Jammu and Kashmir (836,000)
Telangana (791,000) Himachal Pradesh (732,000) Jharkhand (730,000) Kerala (620,000)
Total States on file:  36  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (13,057,000) Bihar (7,268,000)
Maharashtra (4,559,000) Rajasthan (4,396,000)
Madhya Pradesh (4,075,000) West Bengal (3,919,000)
Andhra Pradesh (2,653,000) Karnataka (2,565,000)
Tamil Nadu (2,390,000) Gujarat (2,287,000)
Odisha (2,071,000) Uttarakhand (1,794,000)
Haryana (1,704,000) Delhi (1,312,000)
Assam (1,228,000) Jammu and Kashmir (836,000)
Telangana (791,000) Himachal Pradesh (732,000)
Jharkhand (730,000) Kerala (620,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  83  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (30,362,000) Bengali (3,398,000) Telugu (3,330,000) Marathi (2,630,000)
Gujarati (2,254,000) Tamil (2,053,000) Oriya (1,747,000) Bhojpuri (1,717,000)
Kannada (1,645,000) Marwari (926,000) Maithili (826,000) Assamese (730,000)
Awadhi (695,000) Dhundari (615,000) Kanauji (603,000) Konkani, Goan (594,000)
Kumaoni (554,000) Kashmiri (550,000) Garhwali (547,000) Malayalam (536,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 30,362,000 Bengali 3,398,000
Telugu 3,330,000 Marathi 2,630,000
Gujarati 2,254,000 Tamil 2,053,000
Oriya 1,747,000 Bhojpuri 1,717,000
Kannada 1,645,000 Marwari 926,000
Maithili 826,000 Assamese 730,000
Awadhi 695,000 Dhundari 615,000
Kanauji 603,000 Konkani, Goan 594,000
Kumaoni 554,000 Kashmiri 550,000
Garhwali 547,000 Malayalam 536,000
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
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.35 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.63 %
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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