Bairagi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
3,435,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 3,435,000
World Population 3,879,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
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, Dasnami, 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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 27
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
(1,161,000)
Rajasthan
(561,000)
Gujarat
(434,000)
Bihar
(245,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(233,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(180,000)
Maharashtra
(164,000)
Chhattisgarh
(134,000)
Odisha
(128,000)
Kerala
(59,000)
Jharkhand
(53,000)
Tamil Nadu
(28,000)
Jammu and Kashmir
(8,800)
Uttarakhand
(8,000)
Tripura
(6,100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 27  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal (1,161,000)
  Rajasthan (561,000)
  Gujarat (434,000)
  Bihar (245,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (233,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (180,000)
  Maharashtra (164,000)
  Chhattisgarh (134,000)
  Odisha (128,000)
  Kerala (59,000)
  Jharkhand (53,000)
  Tamil Nadu (28,000)
  Jammu and Kashmir (8,800)
  Uttarakhand (8,000)
  Tripura (6,100)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (1,064,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 47
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
(1,024,000)
Gujarati
(369,000)
Bhojpuri
(111,000)
Odia
(108,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(86,000)
Marwari
(82,000)
Mewari
(66,000)
Dhundari
(62,000)
Malayalam
(49,000)
Marathi
(40,000)
Shekhawati
(31,000)
Merwari
(28,000)
Telugu
(26,000)
Tamil
(18,000)
Maithili
(16,000)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (1,064,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 47
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi (1,024,000)
  Gujarati (369,000)
  Bhojpuri (111,000)
  Odia (108,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (86,000)
  Marwari (82,000)
  Mewari (66,000)
  Dhundari (62,000)
  Malayalam (49,000)
  Marathi (40,000)
  Shekhawati (31,000)
  Merwari (28,000)
  Telugu (26,000)
  Tamil (18,000)
  Maithili (16,000)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
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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