Brahmin Sanadhya in India


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Introduction / History

The Sanadhya Brahmins are a community of Hindu priests and scholars who live in north and central India. They are the highest caste or varna in Hinduism and teachers and keepers of its sacred learning. The word Brahmin comes from the Sanskrit word for "Supreme Self". The large majority of Sanadhya Brahmins speak Hindi as their first language. They often speak other regional languages as well. Sanadhya Brahmins originated in north India. Many migrated south to central India due to Muslim persecution. Historically, some Sanadhya Brahmins were hermits of the forest or they served as heads of ashrams, religious retreat centers.


Where Are they Located?

Most Sanadhya Brahmins live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajastan and Maharashtra. Some are also found in other Indian states and the capital city of New Delhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As Brahmins, the Sanadhya occupy the highest level in Indian society. They are the chief administrators of Hindu temples. They preside at important Hindu life ceremonies at births, marriages and deaths The Sanadhya are endogamous, that is they marry only within their own group or with other Brahmins. Sons inherit property with the oldest son gaining the parents' home and father's authority and titles.

The Sanadhya are strict vegetarians. Some will eat dairy products and eggs.

Modern Sanadhya maintain their ancient profession of priests and Hindu scholars. They also act as leaders in government, business, and education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sanadhya Brahmin worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. As priests, they teach the doctrines of their faith to other Indian peoples. The three main gods of Hinduism are Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer. Significant Hindu holidays include Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali the festival of lights and Navratri, the Nine Nights that celebrate the triumph of good over evil.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sanadhya need humility to be willing to listen to the claims of Jesus Christ. They need to see themselves are sinners in need of a Savior. They need to see that the traditions of Hinduism will not satisfy the deepest longings of their hearts.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Holy Spirit opens the spiritual eyes of the Sanadhya Brahmins to see the true Light of the world, Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Indian Christians and other believers would reach out and begin redemptive relationships with the Sanadhya Brahmins.
* Pray that God will cause many Sanadhya Brahmins to be born again and become of a growing church movement.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Brahmin Sanadhya
People Name in Country Brahmin Sanadhya
Population in India 2,711,000
World Population 2,711,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 54
Alternate Names Brahman Terai, Brahmin Terai, Das Ghor Sanadhya, Sadeteen Ghor Sanadhya, Sanadh, Sanadhiya, Sanadva, Sanadva Brahman, Sanadva Brahmin, ब्रामिन, सनाध्या
People ID 19975
ROP3 Code 115756
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 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,400,000
Madhya Pradesh
425,000
Rajasthan
368,000
Maharashtra
170,000
Karnataka
79,000
Gujarat
56,000
Uttarakhand
53,000
Odisha
46,000
Himachal Pradesh
35,000
Punjab
23,000
Haryana
19,000
Delhi
17,000
Chhattisgarh
17,000
Chandigarh
1,800
Telangana
800
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 18
  Uttar Pradesh 1,400,000
  Madhya Pradesh 425,000
  Rajasthan 368,000
  Maharashtra 170,000
  Karnataka 79,000
  Gujarat 56,000
  Uttarakhand 53,000
  Odisha 46,000
  Himachal Pradesh 35,000
  Punjab 23,000
  Haryana 19,000
  Delhi 17,000
  Chhattisgarh 17,000
  Chandigarh 1,800
  Telangana 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,989,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 37
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
150,000
Awadhi
81,000
Dhundari
70,000
Kannada
56,000
Kanauji
55,000
Gujarati
49,000
Marwari
43,000
Odia
29,000
Konkani
25,000
Bundeli
24,000
Braj Bhasha
21,000
Shekhawati
16,000
Kumaoni
16,000
Garhwali
16,000
Punjabi, Eastern
14,000
Primary Language Hindi (1,989,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 37
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 150,000
  Awadhi 81,000
  Dhundari 70,000
  Kannada 56,000
  Kanauji 55,000
  Gujarati 49,000
  Marwari 43,000
  Odia 29,000
  Konkani 25,000
  Bundeli 24,000
  Braj Bhasha 21,000
  Shekhawati 16,000
  Kumaoni 16,000
  Garhwali 16,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 14,000
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 Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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