Bairagi (Hindu traditions) in India


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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

There are no known followers of Jesus among the Hindu Bairagi, but 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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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-07
People Name General Bairagi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bairagi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 3,537,000
World Population 3,984,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 70
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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 on file 27
Largest Subgroups
(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
Pauhari
100
Madhavachari
40
Sanjogi
40
Vishnuswami
40
Chodhari
20
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
  Pauhari 100
  Madhavachari 40
  Sanjogi 40
  Vishnuswami 40
  Chodhari 20
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
1,119,000
Rajasthan
554,000
Gujarat
422,000
Bihar
235,000
Madhya Pradesh
228,000
Uttar Pradesh
174,000
Maharashtra
166,000
Odisha
131,000
Chhattisgarh
130,000
Punjab
109,000
Karnataka
64,000
Kerala
63,000
Jharkhand
51,000
Tamil Nadu
34,000
Telangana
9,800
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 1,119,000
  Rajasthan 554,000
  Gujarat 422,000
  Bihar 235,000
  Madhya Pradesh 228,000
  Uttar Pradesh 174,000
  Maharashtra 166,000
  Odisha 131,000
  Chhattisgarh 130,000
  Punjab 109,000
  Karnataka 64,000
  Kerala 63,000
  Jharkhand 51,000
  Tamil Nadu 34,000
  Telangana 9,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,093,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 51
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
1,035,000
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
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (1,093,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 51
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 1,035,000
  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 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 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
97.81 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.19 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  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 latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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