Bhat (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
1,404,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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People Name General Bhat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhat (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 1,404,000
World Population 1,419,700
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 29 to 33
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
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 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(340,000)
Rajasthan
(232,000)
Bihar
(168,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(127,000)
Gujarat
(125,000)
Haryana
(53,000)
Himachal Pradesh
(52,000)
Telangana
(51,000)
Maharashtra
(51,000)
West Bengal
(45,000)
Jharkhand
(40,000)
Delhi
(30,000)
Chhattisgarh
(26,000)
Punjab
(23,000)
Karnataka
(16,000)
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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh (340,000)
  Rajasthan (232,000)
  Bihar (168,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (127,000)
  Gujarat (125,000)
  Haryana (53,000)
  Himachal Pradesh (52,000)
  Telangana (51,000)
  Maharashtra (51,000)
  West Bengal (45,000)
  Jharkhand (40,000)
  Delhi (30,000)
  Chhattisgarh (26,000)
  Punjab (23,000)
  Karnataka (16,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (725,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 44
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
(113,000)
Marwari
(67,000)
Bhojpuri
(62,000)
Telugu
(52,000)
Bengali
(38,000)
Magahi
(34,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(26,000)
Dhundari
(23,000)
Mewari
(20,000)
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 (725,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 44
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati (113,000)
  Marwari (67,000)
  Bhojpuri (62,000)
  Telugu (52,000)
  Bengali (38,000)
  Magahi (34,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (26,000)
  Dhundari (23,000)
  Mewari (20,000)
  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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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 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
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
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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