Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

Bishnois were founded by a Rajput of Bikaner, who was born in 1451 A.D. The adherents of the sect are the descendants of immigrants from Bikaner, parts of Haryana and Punjab and are exclusively Jats or some Rajputs by caste, though they often abandon the caste name and describe themselves simply as Bishnois.
The Bishnois are presently spread over the western parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bishnois are lovers of wild animals. It is because of their protection that in Bishnoi-dominated areas, deer and antelope are seen grazing in their fields despite the fact that the state of Rajasthan where most Bishnois live, faces severe water shortages. In recent years, the Bishnoi community has launched protests against the killing of black bucks by Salman Khan, a Bollywood film star and Mansur Ali Khan of Pataudi, a former Indian cricketer.
They are teetotalers and normally they wear white shirt, dhoti and turban. This dress pattern is ideal for the hot dry desert climate. They pay special attention to cleanliness in their houses. Only one crop of pearl millet (bajra) is grown during the monsoon season. The bushes, which grow in the fields, protect the loose sand from wind erosion and provide the much-needed fodder for animals during a famine. Bishnois often live in little hamlets called 'Dhannis', with just a few round huts with intricate thatched roofs. The mud floors are plastered with cow dung to keep vermin away. The interiors are airy and clean. There is a granary to guard their rations and a sump for stored water.
Bishnois in Haryana and Punjab are much wealthier than other castes. The Bishnois are noted for being excellent farmers, but they have extended themselves into the fields of IT as engineers or the government sectors as militants or social workers. They have been known to intermarry with Jat people and Rajputs as well as among themselves.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The most prominent pilgrimage place of the Bishnois is situated at village called Mukam in Rajasthan. They have other important pilgrimage sites as well.


What Are Their Needs?

There are some good foundations for the gospel to make headways into Bishnoi culture. They love nature; they need to be introduced to the one who created nature. They have high morals; they need to know the one who gave us the 10 commandments.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Bishnois will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.
Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnoi
https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-india-conservationist-sect-20180517-htmlstory.html


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People Name General Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation bish-NOY
Alternate Names Bishnoi; Bisnoi; Marwadi; Marwari; Vighiamal; Vishio; Vishnoi; Visro; Wisnoi; बिश्नोई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 794,000
Population all Countries 796,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
People ID 16464
ROP3 Code 111628
ROP25 Code 301263
ROP25 Name Bishnoi
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 10
Largest States
Rajasthan
416,000
Uttar Pradesh
159,000
Odisha
118,000
Haryana
84,000
Madhya Pradesh
4,700
Delhi
1,600
Punjab
1,300
Himachal Pradesh
600
Gujarat
400
Chandigarh
90
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Rajasthan 416,000
  Uttar Pradesh 159,000
  Odisha 118,000
  Haryana 84,000
  Madhya Pradesh 4,700
  Delhi 1,600
  Punjab 1,300
  Himachal Pradesh 600
  Gujarat 400
  Chandigarh 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (298,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Marwari (India)
198,000
Odia
98,000
Bagri
30,000
Dhundari
16,000
Haryanvi
8,400
Punjabi, Eastern
7,600
Mewari
2,300
Shekhawati
1,900
Bengali
1,000
Gujarati
900
Wagdi
300
Kangri
300
Primary Language Hindi (298,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Marwari (India) 198,000
  Odia 98,000
  Bagri 30,000
  Dhundari 16,000
  Haryanvi 8,400
  Punjabi, Eastern 7,600
  Mewari 2,300
  Shekhawati 1,900
  Bengali 1,000
  Gujarati 900
  Wagdi 300
  Kangri 300
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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