Badhai (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Hindu Badhai are also known as Vishwakarma. They are successors of Vishwakarma, the chief architect in Hindu culture. Another famous Badhai was Maharishi Angira. In ancient times Badhai were described as various rishis or saints involved in meditation in jungles for inner vision and performing scientific experiments for the betterment of others.

Before the Industrial Revolution in Europe the Badhai enjoyed the status of chief engineer / architect in Indian villages and cultures. Ancient Indian art and culture particularly building, temples, chariots war equipment was part of their wisdom and knowledge. Deep inner vision and talent gave them the credit to create various idols and images of Hindu gods and goddesses to be worshiped by all. They provided sketches or blueprints to various other assisting technical castes for work. Giving direction as per enlightenment gave them the status of divine people thus called Vishwakarma.

Large numbers of Badhai in many communities have lost their jobs after the influence of industrialization and more and more people from other castes doing various technical works in an industrial way. Thus their inherited craftsmanship and skills are less praised or required and due to falling status of technical craftsmanship. To suggest entrepreneur manual labor to a Vishwakarma is not acceptable to them as they are somewhat egoistic people with strong self esteem.

The Badhai are typical Indian people living in most areas of India. They are usually employed in the fields of engineering and education, small-scale industrial manufacturing typical doing engineering work for large industries. Some Badhai work in the areas of carpentry, stone work and timber trade.

They are traditional Hindus and follow the ancient way as they themselves created various forms of Hindu idols and temples. One of their needs is systematic education in field Engineering as they have strong technical inheritance.


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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-01
People Name General Badhai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Badhai (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation buh-DIE
Population this Country 37,000
Population all Countries 7,817,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Acharia; Badai; Badhai; Badhi; Badigar; Barai; Bariji; Barji; Bimra; Chari; Dhawal; Kalsi; Kundar; Kundera; Matharu; Mistry; Orh; Pansari; Pirahi; Pirhai; Saggu; Sheikh; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; Sutar; Suthar; Tarkhan; Thakur; Tudolia; Vishwakarma; Wadi; बधाई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16332
ROP3 Code 111468
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Lumbini
10,000
Sagarmatha
9,400
Janakpur
5,400
Kosi
4,000
Narayani
2,900
Bheri
2,400
Mahakali
1,300
Bagmati
600
Seti
300
Mechi
200
Rapti
70
Gandaki
60
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Lumbini 10,000
  Sagarmatha 9,400
  Janakpur 5,400
  Kosi 4,000
  Narayani 2,900
  Bheri 2,400
  Mahakali 1,300
  Bagmati 600
  Seti 300
  Mechi 200
  Rapti 70
  Gandaki 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
7,300
Bhojpuri
5,800
Nepali
1,300
Kumaoni
1,000
Angika
200
Dotyali
200
Hindi
200
Bengali
80
Haryanvi
20
Primary Language Maithili (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 7,300
  Bhojpuri 5,800
  Nepali 1,300
  Kumaoni 1,000
  Angika 200
  Dotyali 200
  Hindi 200
  Bengali 80
  Haryanvi 20
People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.15 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.85 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Vedanand  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more