Aghori in India

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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Aghori
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 69,000
World Population: 69,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The main source of subsistence for the Aghori has been begging and consuming leftovers from feasts or hotels. Some are rickshaw-pullers or laborers. However, today there are some in government and private service. Social control is maintained by a headman (mukhia). The priest (sardar-naya) and the treasurer (bhandari) are the other officials. Unless the council's decisions are obeyed, the offender is usually excommunicated. They worship family deities (gosai) such as Bhairals, Bishahar, and Panchunath.

Ministry Obstacles

This community of India probably has little if any understanding of the person of Jesus Christ. They have a worldview quite different than that of the Christian.

Outreach Ideas

Some of the people in this community speak a language (Hindi, Maithili) that has many Christian resources available. Scripture and the Jesus film are available in these languages, as examples. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known believers in this community today. But pray the Lord is even now preparing teachers and pastors for those who will soon come to faith.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this poor community will be able to find good employment and will be able to find ways out of poverty.

Text Source:   Joshua Project