Text source: Karen Hightower
Introduction / History
Baghban means, "one who looks after the garden." Baghban Hindu people are only found in India.
Where are they located?
Baghban Hindu people of India live mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
What are their lives like?
In Uttar Pradesh Bagban people speak Urdu and Hindi, and write in Perso Arabic among one another.
They are not vegetarians, they eat wheat and rice, and do not drink alcohol. They often sell fruit and vegetables for their support.
They have one spouse, preferring marriage within their groups. They have adult marriages through discussion and, cousins often marry. Marriages take place at the home of the bride.Sons receive an equal portion of property than daughters when death of the father occurs, and the oldest son becomes leader of the home.
They own land, and in addition to selling vegetables, some work in confectionery, government. They value education, allowing both boys and girls to benefit. Some become teachers and doctors. They have councils that judge in general matters. They use modern medicines.
What are their beliefs?
They are Hindus, and worship many gods.
What are their needs?
Maharashtra enforces an anti-conversion law. This is a serious threat to Christians, and those who would be so.
Bible resources exist in Urdu and Hindi, yet Baghban Hindus remain unreached.
Family, community, and inter-tribal involvement may be an opportunity for those who know the truth of the gospel to earn eventual acceptance and privilege to speak.
* Pray that Almighty God would strengthen, encourage, and protect those who would be church planters and disciplers among these spiritually needy people, who do not yet know their Savior.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches that will in turn plant other churches.
* Ask God to transform entire families and communities, until their culture is transformed to fully glorify Him, and represent His Kingdom here on earth.
ReferencesView Baghban (Hindu traditions) in all countries.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16283/IN