The Bhabra are an ancient merchant class. Most Hindu and Jain Bhabra moved to India during the 1947 Partition, though a small number are in Pakistan where they originated. The majority of the Bhabra people of India practice Hinduism or Jainism. Much smaller groups are Sikhs and Muslims. All Bhabra were at one time Hindus. The two primary languages of the Hindu Bhabra are Hindi and Eastern Punjabi. Many Bhabra also speak English.
Today most Hindu Bhabra are involved in trade and business. Some also work as university professors, writers and in the entertainment industry. The Hindu Bhabra marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Adult marriage to one person is the norm. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. The Hindu Bhabra value education and encourage their children to attend universities. The Bhabra are not vegetarian but as Hindus will not eat beef. They hire Brahmins to officiate at important family ceremonies like weddings, births and funerals.
Though some of the Bhabra are Sikhs, Muslims or Jains, most of the Bhabra people are Hindus. As a business community, these Hindus are especially prone to worship gods like Ganesh and Lakshmi that they believe will bring them prosperity and help them overcome obstacles. The Bhabra 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 like Christians or Jews.
The Bhabra need to see that no religious system will bring them the peace and joy that they seek. Only Jesus Christ can get them right with the one, true God and forgive their sins.
Pray for families of Bhabra believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches. Pray for a chain reaction of Bhabra families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others. Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Bhabra society as all believers learn to love others. Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God’s love will change the Bhabra people.
Scripture Prayers for the Bhabra (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Bhabra (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Bhabra (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||300|
|Population all Countries||47,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||भबरा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||8 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Western (300 speakers)|
|Language Code||pnb Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1819-2021)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Love letter to you from scripture|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western|
|Film / Video||The Return|
|Film / Video||The Return|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Punjabi, Western|
|Text / Printed Matter||Cartoon Gospel tract|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies|