Bairagi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 27 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Vaishnav 1,081,000
Sadhu 474,000
Swami 139,000
Ramandi 48,000
Sanyasi 5,100
Nimawat 1,800
Parmhansa 500
Babaji 400
Madhava Acharya 400
Nimanandi 200

Introduction

The history of the Bairagi commences with Ramanuja, who lived in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and taught in the southern part of India. A proper Bairagi is one whose principal deity is either Vishnu or any of his incarnations, like Rama and Krishna. A mark (tilak) on the forehead and ear are their identification marks. They worship Gouranga as their family deity and Kali, Manasa and Durga as village deities. They are indifferent to the education of girls.


Ministry Obstacles

To follow Christ is to risk disturbing community harmony within this Hindu community.


Outreach Ideas

Much sustained, focused prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Bairagi community to understand and receive the good news of Jesus of Nazareth.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few believers among the Bairagi people will grow in sharing and discussing God's Word with their families and friends. Pray for those that the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will be zealous to learn of Christ, and that they will be sent teachers and pastors to help them. Pray they will live holy lives that honor Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Hindu Bairagi community to make schooling for both boys and girls a priority.


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People Name General Bairagi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bairagi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 3,517,000
World Population 3,964,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 70
Alternate Names Atit, Babaji, Bairagi, Bairagi Bawa, Bairagi Bostom, Baishnab, Bava, Bavaji, Bhat Brahman, Bhat Brahmin, Boishnavo, Boslom, Bostom, Byragi, Pantaram, Rajpur, Rajput, Ramat, Sadh, Sadhayo, Sadhu, Sanyasi, Shammu, Siddh, Thakur, Udasi, Vairagi, Vairava, Veetasaiva, Vidhi, Vira Saivar, Virasaiva Lingayat, Virasaivar, Vitasaiva, Yogiswaram, बैरागी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16297
ROP3 Code 111424
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Bairagi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 27 (only 15 largest shown)
  Vaishnav 1,081,000
  Sadhu 474,000
  Swami 139,000
  Ramandi 48,000
  Sanyasi 5,100
  Nimawat 1,800
  Parmhansa 500
  Babaji 400
  Madhava Acharya 400
  Nimanandi 200
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
1,114,000
Rajasthan
549,000
Gujarat
419,000
Bihar
234,000
Madhya Pradesh
227,000
Uttar Pradesh
173,000
Maharashtra
165,000
Odisha
130,000
Chhattisgarh
129,000
Punjab
108,000
Karnataka
63,000
Kerala
63,000
Jharkhand
52,000
Tamil Nadu
33,000
Telangana
10,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 1,114,000
  Rajasthan 549,000
  Gujarat 419,000
  Bihar 234,000
  Madhya Pradesh 227,000
  Uttar Pradesh 173,000
  Maharashtra 165,000
  Odisha 130,000
  Chhattisgarh 129,000
  Punjab 108,000
  Karnataka 63,000
  Kerala 63,000
  Jharkhand 52,000
  Tamil Nadu 33,000
  Telangana 10,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,097,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 51
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
1,036,000
Gujarati
369,000
Odia
113,000
Bhojpuri
103,000
Marwari
88,000
Chhattisgarhi
86,000
Kannada
70,000
Marathi
64,000
Punjabi, Eastern
62,000
Mewari
59,000
Dhundari
59,000
Malayalam
53,000
Telugu
39,000
Shekhawati
31,000
Merwari
28,000
Primary Language Hindi (1,097,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 51
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 1,036,000
  Gujarati 369,000
  Odia 113,000
  Bhojpuri 103,000
  Marwari 88,000
  Chhattisgarhi 86,000
  Kannada 70,000
  Marathi 64,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 62,000
  Mewari 59,000
  Dhundari 59,000
  Malayalam 53,000
  Telugu 39,000
  Shekhawati 31,000
  Merwari 28,000
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Father's 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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.89 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.11 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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