Aghori in India

The Aghori have only been reported in India
Population
69,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The main source of subsistence for the Aghori has been begging and consuming leftovers from feasts or hotels. Some are rickshaw-pullers or laborers. However, today there are some in government and private service. Social control is maintained by a headman (mukhia). The priest (sardar-naya) and the treasurer (bhandari) are the other officials. Unless the council's decisions are obeyed, the offender is usually excommunicated. They worship family deities (gosai) such as Bhairals, Bishahar, and Panchunath.


Ministry Obstacles

This community of India probably has little if any understanding of the person of Jesus Christ. They have a worldview quite different than that of the Christian.


Outreach Ideas

Some of the people in this community speak a language (Hindi, Maithili) that has many Christian resources available. Scripture and the Jesus film are available in these languages, as examples. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the people.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known believers in this community today. But pray the Lord is even now preparing teachers and pastors for those who will soon come to faith.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this poor community will be able to find good employment and will be able to find ways out of poverty.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-04
People Name General Aghori
People Name in Country Aghori
Population in India 69,000
World Population 69,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Aghorapanthi, Aghore, Bhatuk, Bhatuk Gulgulia, Giri, Gosain, Gulgulia, Karkarmunda, Karkarmundi, Sarbhangi, Surbhang, अघोरी
People ID 16178
ROP3 Code 111282
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
(30,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(21,000)
Bihar
(13,000)
Jharkhand
(2,100)
Rajasthan
(1,100)
Uttarakhand
(1,000)
West Bengal
(400)
Maharashtra
(90)
Karnataka
(40)
Odisha
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Madhya Pradesh (30,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (21,000)
  Bihar (13,000)
  Jharkhand (2,100)
  Rajasthan (1,100)
  Uttarakhand (1,000)
  West Bengal (400)
  Maharashtra (90)
  Karnataka (40)
  Odisha (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (62,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(2,400)
Bundeli
(1,700)
Maithili
(1,100)
Dhundari
(1,000)
Garhwali
(700)
Kumaoni
(100)
Marwari
(100)
Wagdi
(90)
Telugu
(40)
Mewari
(40)
Awadhi
(40)
Merwari
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (62,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (2,400)
  Bundeli (1,700)
  Maithili (1,100)
  Dhundari (1,000)
  Garhwali (700)
  Kumaoni (100)
  Marwari (100)
  Wagdi (90)
  Telugu (40)
  Mewari (40)
  Awadhi (40)
  Merwari (10)
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Wikimedia Commons  Creative Commons 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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