Bhandari in India

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Bhandari
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Bhandari
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 643,000
World Population: 643,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.01 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Oriya
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

According to the mythology of the Bhandai, they were in charge of the treasures of Lord Indra during Satyug (Era of Truth) and left for Sindh during the battle between the aryas or devas (gods) and rakshasas (demons). Widow remarriage is allowed. Bhandari women play a vital role in social, religious, spiritual, and economic pursuits. Amba Mata is their caste deity, Gotrej their kul deity, and Holi Mata and Lakshmi Mata are their village deities.

Ministry Obstacles

Hinduism is interwoven in all of Bhandari life. Any attempt to share a different religious view will probably be viewed with suspicion or hostility.

Outreach Ideas

Focused prayer and sustained effort will be needed to reach this community with the Gospel. They probably won't be reached without intentional effort.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known believers today, but pray for those the Lord will draw to himself. They will need prayer support.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this group will be taught by God's Spirit they need forgiveness for their sin. Pray He will then teach them about Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project