Bairagi (Hindu traditions) in India
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.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few believers among the Bairagi people will 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 will be zealous to learn of Christ, and that they will be sent teachers and pastors to help them. Pray they will live holy lives that honor Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Hindu Bairagi community to make schooling for both boys and girls a priority.

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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