Bedar (Hindu traditions) in India
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The Bedar are a people who live in south India. Their name Bedar comes from a word meaning "hunter." Bedar tradition states that Kannayya, the first Bedar, was a fowler, hunter and a devout worshipper of god Shiva. Shiva was pleased with his devotion and appeared to him, granting two wishes. Kannayya prayed that his descendants would be true shots and their land would grow much grain with little labor or water. Today, the Bedar frequently work as police officers, soldiers, merchants, and in agriculture.

Ministry Obstacles
The Bedar are known for their devotion to Shiva. Putting their faith in another God would make them feel that they are betraying their heritage.

Outreach Ideas
Bibles and literature is available in Kannada, the main language of the Bedar. Churches exist in the areas where the Bedar live. Believers can share with them the blessings of knowing God through Christ.

Pray for the followers of Christ
A small number of Bedar believers may exist. Pray that their numbers grow and that they are established in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray for the transformation of the Bedar community, thereby influencing the society. * Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those ministering to the Bedar people. * Pray for movements to Jesus to sweep through Bedar families, permeating the group from within and blessing them in every way.

Scripture Focus
"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed." Acts 17:30-31



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