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Introduction / History
The Bairagis are a group of gurus, or spiritual guides in the Hindu religious system. 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. They are much more numerous in India where there is a Hindu majority, but they also live in the nearby South Asian countries of Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Of those four countries, Pakistan has by far the smallest number of them.
What are their lives like?
They are indifferent to the education of girls. Most are involved with Hindu religious instruction. They have disciples who are from the forward castes that they touch base with usually once a year.
What are their beliefs?
A mark (tilak) on the forehead and ear are their identification marks for these Hindus. They worship Gouranga as their family deity and Kali, Manasa and Durga as village deities.
What are their needs?
The Bairagis need the humility to understand that they must look to the Lord and Savior who paid for their sins by dying on the cross.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Bairagis to the one true Savior of all mankind. Pray for the Lord to open the way for all of them to hear and respond to Jesus Christ. Pray for the Bairagis to lead a Disciple Making Movement among middle and high caste Hindus.
ReferencesView Bairagi (Hindu traditions) in all countries.