Brahmin Kanaujia in India

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Brahmin Kanaujia
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People Name: Brahmin Kanaujia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,237,000
World Population: 4,249,600
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 Forward Caste - Brahmin
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Kanyakubja Brahmins receive their name from Kanauj, an ancient city of northern India. The Brahmins are the highest of the four main castes of Hinduism. The Brahmins are the priests, teachers and keepers of the sacred traditions of Hinduism. The Kanyakubja descend from royalty and large landowners of the colonial period. Today the Kanyakubja Brahmins work at the highest level of society in medicine, government, law and business.

Where Are they Located?

The Kanyakubja Brahmins primarily live in the states of north central India. They also live in smaller numbers western and eastern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kanyakubja Brahmins often live two lives. On one hand they engage in modern Indian society and on the other practice and teach the ancient beliefs of Hinduism as revealed in the Vedas. The Vedas are the earliest Hindu writings and were written in Sanskrit dating back to 1500 BC. Most Kanyakubja are strict vegetarians. They practice monogamy or marriage to one spouse. They speak Hindi and other regional languages. They desire that their children pursue higher education and attain careers as priests, teachers or other respected professionals. Women can inherit property and have higher status than most Indian women.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kanyakubja not only practice Hinduism but also teach it to other Indians. They take the lead in Hindu festivals and control the temples of their religion.

Being a Hindu and Brahmin is an essential part of their identity. Hinduism is Dharma or a way of life to them.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Lord would humble the Kanyakubja Brahmins and they would see themselves as sinners in need of the Savior.
* Pray other Indian Christians would reach out and build friendships with the Kanyakubja Brahmins.
* Pray the Kanjakubja would hear a clear presentation of the gospel, believe it and become teachers of the Bible not the Vedas of Hinduism.

Text Source:   David Kugel