Badhi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

This Hindu Badhi people lives in North Central India and in Nepal. There is a difference of opinion as to what their original occupation was. Some say basket weavers, stone masons or entertainers.

The main language of the Badhi is Hindi. Many Christian resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible, radio programs and the JESUS Film.

There are few if any believers among the Badhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today some Badhi work as construction workers, day laborers or as farmers. Unfortunately, some have taken to begging for alms. Most Badhi people are poor. Children often quit school after a few years to help their parents make a living. Many Badhi are unable to read and write. Life expectancy is low while child mortality is high. Many rural Badhi lack access to modern medicine, electricity and clean water.

Badhi marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit their father’s property and take care of elderly relatives. Village elders make judicial decisions and deal with outsiders.

The Badhi follow traditional Hindu practices when it comes to marriage. Families negotiate their marriages, and parents pay a dowry. After the Hindu marriage rituals, the couple is officially married. Tragically, the Badhi people suffer a higher than average divorce rate. Either spouse can seek a divorce. If the wife opts for the divorce, then the bride price must be returned to the groom's family. Badhi couples tend to have a large number of children. Due to the lack of access to modern medicine, many children die of preventable diseases before their 10th birthday.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Badhi people are Hindu. They focus much of their worship on clan and village deities, especially their patron god, Kalimata. Hinduism is the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Badhi people need to put their trust in the loving God of creation. Jesus Christ is much more than another Hindu guru or god. God the Father sent his son to make it possible for them to have their sins forgiven so they can have eternal life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Badhi people will soon give their full allegiance to Jesus Christ and forsake all other gods.

Pray that God will send Holy Spirit driven workers to the Badhi.

Pray that Badhi parents to be able to provide for their children.

Pray for God to raise up a growing church among the Badhi of India and Nepal this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Badhi (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badi_(caste)


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-13
People Name General Badhi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Badhi (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 95,000
Population all Countries 139,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Baandhi; Badde; Badhi; Badhi Nagalu; Badi; Badia; Bandi Nagalu; Barwa; Chinaora; Dapad; Jamoria; Kalbelia; Melori; Nagalu; Nat; Odmata; Pirahi; Pirhai; Rehr; Sampheriya; Sapad; Sapela; Sapela Nat; Sapera; Sheikh; Shilpakar; Silpkar Badi; Tamoria; Uranamara; बढ़ी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16273
ROP3 Code 111398
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Himachal Pradesh
26,000
Haryana
26,000
Uttar Pradesh
13,000
Rajasthan
12,000
Punjab
6,800
Maharashtra
4,600
Uttarakhand
2,500
Delhi
2,500
Madhya Pradesh
200
Manipur
90
Chandigarh
50
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 11
  Himachal Pradesh 26,000
  Haryana 26,000
  Uttar Pradesh 13,000
  Rajasthan 12,000
  Punjab 6,800
  Maharashtra 4,600
  Uttarakhand 2,500
  Delhi 2,500
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Manipur 90
  Chandigarh 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (43,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Eastern
8,400
Kangri
6,900
Marwari
4,800
Haryanvi
4,000
Pahari, Mahasu
3,900
Chambeali
1,900
Konkani
1,300
Bagri
1,000
Garhwali
1,000
Sirmauri
800
Marathi
600
Mewari
500
Wagdi
400
Dhundari
300
Mandeali
300
Primary Language Hindi (43,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Eastern 8,400
  Kangri 6,900
  Marwari 4,800
  Haryanvi 4,000
  Pahari, Mahasu 3,900
  Chambeali 1,900
  Konkani 1,300
  Bagri 1,000
  Garhwali 1,000
  Sirmauri 800
  Marathi 600
  Mewari 500
  Wagdi 400
  Dhundari 300
  Mandeali 300
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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.84 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.03 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.13 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more