Brahman 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 Brahman
People Name in Country Brahman
Population in Nepal 3,327,000
World Population 62,482,000
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 Brahman
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 (631,000) Lumbini (575,000) Gandaki (386,000) Narayani (308,000)
Mechi (268,000) Kosi (235,000) Mahakali (182,000) Bheri (174,000)
Janakpur (169,000) Seti (167,000) Dhawalagiri (163,000) Rapti (115,000)
Sagarmatha (81,000) Karnali (42,000)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (631,000) Lumbini (575,000)
Gandaki (386,000) Narayani (308,000)
Mechi (268,000) Kosi (235,000)
Mahakali (182,000) Bheri (174,000)
Janakpur (169,000) Seti (167,000)
Dhawalagiri (163,000) Rapti (115,000)
Sagarmatha (81,000) Karnali (42,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  40  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (2,836,000) Bhojpuri (207,000) Awadhi (136,000) Maithili (126,000)
Hindi (61,000) Dotyali (49,000) Newar: Newari (21,000) Bantawa (17,000)
Marwari (5,300) Bengali (4,700) Chamling (2,600) Kumaoni (2,400)
Sanskrit (2,000) Rawat (1,800) Sonha (1,600) Musasa (1,500)
Nepalese Sign Language (1,400) Kham, Western Parbate (1,200) Kham, Sheshi (1,000) Magahi (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 2,836,000 Bhojpuri 207,000
Awadhi 136,000 Maithili 126,000
Hindi 61,000 Dotyali 49,000
Newar: Newari 21,000 Bantawa 17,000
Marwari 5,300 Bengali 4,700
Chamling 2,600 Kumaoni 2,400
Sanskrit 2,000 Rawat 1,800
Sonha 1,600 Musasa 1,500
Nepalese Sign Language 1,400 Kham, Western Parbate 1,200
Kham, Sheshi 1,000 Magahi 600

For Main Lanugage: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Nepali 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 God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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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