Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions) in India

The Bharbhunja get their name from their traditional occupation of roasting grains. "Bharbhunja" means frying pan or one who roasts grain in Sanskrit. Some Bharbhunja claim they are descendants of Brahmin or Kshatriya, the two highest castes of Hinduism but other castes place them in the fourth or lowest caste of Shudras. The Bharbhunja buy grain from other agricultural castes, then roast or parch it to sell this grain to others. Besides roasting grain, the Bharbhunja own roadside restaurants, work as laborers and run small businesses. Some Bharbhunja have taken advantage of the Indian educational system and become professionals, physicians, teachers, and engineers.

Ministry Obstacles
When Bharbhunja persons become believers, they may lose business and be shunned by their Hindu family. That is a heavy price to pay; family is everything to a Hindu.

Outreach Ideas
The Bible and many resources exist in the main language that the Bharbhunja speak, Hindi. Hindu background believers can share with them the blessings of knowing Christ.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are no known believers in Christ among the Bharbhunja at the present time. Pray that God brings many of them to Himself soon.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray the Lord sends workers to the Bharbhunja who will show them the love and mercy of Christ. * Pray that Indian believes would reach out to the Bharbhunja with the gospel. * Pray that the Lord wins many Bharbhunja to Himself and that Bible-believing churches begin among them.

Scripture Focus
"Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see." Matthew 22:9



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