Brahmin in Nepal






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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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-04
People Name General Brahmin
People Name in Country Brahmin
Population in Nepal 3,324,000
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (730,000) Lumbini (495,000) Gandaki (323,000) Narayani (304,000)
Mechi (264,000) Kosi (233,000) Seti (168,000) Janakpur (166,000)
Mahakali (162,000) Bheri (149,000) Dhawalagiri (113,000) Rapti (94,000)
Sagarmatha (80,000) Karnali (42,000)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (730,000) Lumbini (495,000)
Gandaki (323,000) Narayani (304,000)
Mechi (264,000) Kosi (233,000)
Seti (168,000) Janakpur (166,000)
Mahakali (162,000) Bheri (149,000)
Dhawalagiri (113,000) Rapti (94,000)
Sagarmatha (80,000) Karnali (42,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  40  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (2,940,000) Maithili (129,000) Dotyali (129,000) Awadhi (67,000)
Bhojpuri (45,000) Bantawa (16,000) Hindi (10,000) Bengali (4,800)
Marwari (3,200) Chamling (2,600) Kumaoni (2,300) Sanskrit (1,900)
Nepalese Sign Language (1,800) Musasa (1,500) Sonha (1,000) Humla (700)
Magahi (600) Khaling (400) Angika (400) English (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 2,940,000 Maithili 129,000
Dotyali 129,000 Awadhi 67,000
Bhojpuri 45,000 Bantawa 16,000
Hindi 10,000 Bengali 4,800
Marwari 3,200 Chamling 2,600
Kumaoni 2,300 Sanskrit 1,900
Nepalese Sign Language 1,800 Musasa 1,500
Sonha 1,000 Humla 700
Magahi 600 Khaling 400
Angika 400 English 400
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
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
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: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.58 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.31 %
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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