Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
949,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Bishnoi are a community of nature worshippers. The guru who founded the sect directed the worship of lord Vishnu (Bishnu), hence the name Bishnoi. On one day in the year 1730, 363 Bishnoi individuals voluntarily gave up their own lives in order to spare the cutting of trees growing near their village. The first lady to resist the tree cutters said, "If a tree is saved even at the cost of one's head, it's worth it." The axe intended for the tree severed her head, the first of 363 sacrifices.


Ministry Obstacles

The worldview of this Hindu/Animist group is very different than the worldview of a monotheist who acknowledges the creator God.


Outreach Ideas

Relationships must be built between believers and the Bishnoi.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Christian believers that will soon emerge from the Bishnoi community, that they will be granted the gift of faith to believe and accept the gift of eternal life offered by Jesus Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bishnoi, that they will transfer their allegiance from the creation to the Creator.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-20
People Name General Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 949,000
World Population 949,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 18
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bishnoi, Bisnoi, Marwadi, Marwari, Vighiamal, Vishio, Vishnoi, Visro, Wisnoi, बिश्नोई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16464
ROP3 Code 111628
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Rajasthan
(638,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(134,000)
Odisha
(98,000)
Haryana
(71,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(3,900)
Delhi
(1,400)
Punjab
(1,100)
Himachal Pradesh
(500)
Gujarat
(400)
Chandigarh
(80)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Rajasthan (638,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (134,000)
  Odisha (98,000)
  Haryana (71,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (3,900)
  Delhi (1,400)
  Punjab (1,100)
  Himachal Pradesh (500)
  Gujarat (400)
  Chandigarh (80)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (297,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Marwari
(153,000)
Odia
(96,000)
Merwari
(45,000)
Bagri
(30,000)
Dhundari
(16,000)
Haryanvi
(7,900)
Punjabi, Eastern
(7,600)
Mewari
(2,400)
Shekhawati
(1,900)
Bengali
(1,000)
Gujarati
(900)
Wagdi
(300)
Kangri
(300)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (297,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Marwari (153,000)
  Odia (96,000)
  Merwari (45,000)
  Bagri (30,000)
  Dhundari (16,000)
  Haryanvi (7,900)
  Punjabi, Eastern (7,600)
  Mewari (2,400)
  Shekhawati (1,900)
  Bengali (1,000)
  Gujarati (900)
  Wagdi (300)
  Kangri (300)
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 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 Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  Creative Commons 
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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