Bhat (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction

The Bhat are known for 'phakra' (speaking poetically in praise of others). The Bhats are an offshoot of Brahmins, as their name is merely a corruption of the term Brahman. They are mainly a landowning community. They work in temples as priests who sometimes read the Bhagat and Puranas. They worship Tusu and Bhadu and local deities such as Kudra. The Bhat shun manual work. Literacy is very low among the Bhat, particularly among women.


Ministry Obstacles

The Bhat community speaks over 40 languages. Evangelistic and church planting efforts need to accommodate these language subdivisions. The low literacy rate suggests the need for oral communication of the Gospel message.


Outreach Ideas

Christian workers can carry the good news of Jesus to the Bhat community using Gospel films and recordings in the various languages spoken by the community.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Christ today among the Hindu Bhat, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will live a life worthy of their calling in Christ. Pray also for the availability of resources such as Scripture and Gospel recordings.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray each individual in the Bhat community who is capable of making a decision about Christ will be given at least one opportunity to do so. Pray the message will be in the mother tongue of the individual, and will be clearly presented.


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People Name General Bhat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhat (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 1,372,000
World Population 1,388,700
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 27
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Baghmundi, Bahi Bhati, Bahrot, Baram Bhatt, Batera, Battera, Batterha, Bhaat, Bhaot, Bhat, Bhat Brahman, Bhat Brahmin, Bhata, Bhatra, Bhatraju, Bhatrazu, Bhatrose, Bhats, Bhatta Goswami, Bhatu, Biram Bhatt, Bohrot, Brahm Bhatt, Brahma Bhat, Brahmabhat, Brahmabhatta, Brahmbhatt, Chara, Charan, Chare, Dabaut, Darpi, Dasund, Digpal, Jaga, Jagabhat, Jagawa, Jasondhi, Jathikirthulu, Jyotshi, Kanjar, Karvan Bhat, Kavi, Kavi Brahman, Kavi Brahmin, Maru, Mary, Naik, Panchakat, Rai, Rai Bhatt, Raj Bhat, Raju, Ramavat, Ramiya, Ramiya Rathor, Ran, Rana, Rao, Rathor, Rathore, Rau, Salui, Salvi, Sivachandi, Sotiya, Swali, Takur, Thakur, भाट (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16406
ROP3 Code 111555
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Bhat (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups on file 45
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajbhat
28,000
Dasaundhi
26,000
Biram
21,000
Kelia
21,000
Ramaiya
8,100
Jaga
7,800
Gajbhim
6,500
Vandi
5,100
Are
5,000
Mahapatra
4,500
Brahmabhat
3,000
Jasondhi
3,000
Bharadwaj
2,700
Mahratta
300
Rajbhar
300
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Bhat (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 45 (only 15 largest shown)
  Rajbhat 28,000
  Dasaundhi 26,000
  Biram 21,000
  Kelia 21,000
  Ramaiya 8,100
  Jaga 7,800
  Gajbhim 6,500
  Vandi 5,100
  Are 5,000
  Mahapatra 4,500
  Brahmabhat 3,000
  Jasondhi 3,000
  Bharadwaj 2,700
  Mahratta 300
  Rajbhar 300
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 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
330,000
Rajasthan
231,000
Bihar
163,000
Madhya Pradesh
125,000
Gujarat
122,000
Haryana
52,000
Himachal Pradesh
50,000
Maharashtra
49,000
Telangana
49,000
West Bengal
43,000
Jharkhand
38,000
Delhi
31,000
Chhattisgarh
25,000
Punjab
22,000
Karnataka
16,000
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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 330,000
  Rajasthan 231,000
  Bihar 163,000
  Madhya Pradesh 125,000
  Gujarat 122,000
  Haryana 52,000
  Himachal Pradesh 50,000
  Maharashtra 49,000
  Telangana 49,000
  West Bengal 43,000
  Jharkhand 38,000
  Delhi 31,000
  Chhattisgarh 25,000
  Punjab 22,000
  Karnataka 16,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (739,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 45
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
113,000
Marwari
70,000
Bhojpuri
62,000
Telugu
51,000
Bengali
37,000
Punjabi, Eastern
27,000
Magahi
23,000
Dhundari
23,000
Mewari
21,000
Merwari
19,000
Chhattisgarhi
17,000
Maithili
16,000
Kanauji
16,000
Awadhi
15,000
Kangri
13,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (739,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 45
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 113,000
  Marwari 70,000
  Bhojpuri 62,000
  Telugu 51,000
  Bengali 37,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 27,000
  Magahi 23,000
  Dhundari 23,000
  Mewari 21,000
  Merwari 19,000
  Chhattisgarhi 17,000
  Maithili 16,000
  Kanauji 16,000
  Awadhi 15,000
  Kangri 13,000
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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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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