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Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India

Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
786,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.02 % Unknown   

Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Bishnoi are a community of nature worshippers. The guru who founded the sect directed the worship of lord Vishnu (Bishnu), hence the name Bishnoi. On one day in the year 1730, 363 Bishnoi individuals voluntarily gave up their own lives in order to spare the cutting of trees growing near their village. The first lady to resist the tree cutters said, "If a tree is saved even at the cost of one's head, it's worth it." The axe intended for the tree severed her head, the first of 363 deaths.

The Bishnoi people live mainly in Rajasthan, a dry state in India's west.

What are their lives like?
They don't eat meat, chop down trees or harm the local environment. Bishnoi women have been known to nurse fawns whose mothers have been killed by poachers. Western environmentalists are fascinated with their ways, so they have contact with outsiders.

What are their beliefs?
Today the Bishnois worship various Hindu gods, especially Vishnu. They believe all life is sacred; to harm the environment is to harm oneself. The Bishnoi people live by 29 principles given them by Shree Guru Jambeshwar. Some of these overlap with the 10 Commandments.

What are their needs?
The Bishnoi people need to give their hearts and minds to the God of Heaven; He alone can bring them to eternal life. They also need protection. The Bishnoi people often have conflicts with dangerous poachers.

Prayer Points
Pray for protection for the Bishnoi people who face dangerous intruders.

Pray for Christian families to soon be found in the Bishnoi community. May they be granted the gift of faith to believe and accept the eternal life offered by Jesus Christ.

May the Bishnoi give their hearts and minds to the Creator.

Pray for relationships between loving believers and Bishnoi elders.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-31
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:786,000
Largest States:
Rajasthan (413,000)Uttar Pradesh (157,000)
Odisha (118,000)Haryana (83,000)
Madhya Pradesh (4,600)Delhi (1,600)
Punjab (1,300)Himachal Pradesh (600)
Gujarat (400)Chandigarh (90)
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People Name in Country: Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Wisnoiबिश्नोई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111628
Joshua Project People ID: 16464
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 786,000
Population all Countries: 788,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (298,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (198,000)Odia (98,000)
Bagri (30,000)Dhundari (16,000)
Haryanvi (8,400)Punjabi, Eastern (7,600)
Mewari (2,300)Shekhawati (1,900)
Bengali (1,000)Gujarati (900)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 13
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.02 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.98 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
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Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
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Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
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Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Hindi
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