Bairagi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal
bay-RAH-ghee

The history of the Bairagi commences with Ramanuja, who lived in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and taught in the southern part of India. A proper Bairagi is one whose principal deity is either Vishnu or any of his incarnations, like Rama and Krishna. A mark (tilak) on the forehead and ear are their identification marks. They worship Gouranga as their family deity and Kali, Manasa and Durga as village deities. They are indifferent to the education of girls.

Ministry Obstacles
To follow Christ is to risk disturbing community harmony within this Hindu community.

Outreach Ideas
Much sustained, focused prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Bairagi community to understand and receive the good news of Jesus of Nazareth.

Scripture Focus
"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."  Hebrews 11:6

Scripture Prayer
Pray for this people group to come to God and understand that He will reward them with His truth.

Prayer Focus
Pray the few believers among the Bairagi people would grow in sharing and discussing God's Word with their families and friends. Pray for those that the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they would be zealous to learn of Christ, and that they would be sent teachers and pastors to help them. Pray they would live holy lives that honor Christ. Pray for the Hindu Bairagi community to make schooling for both boys and girls a priority.



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