Introduction / History
The Sanadhya Brahmins are a community of Hindu priests and scholars who live in north and central India. They are the highest caste or varna in Hinduism and teachers and keepers of its sacred learning. The word Brahmin comes from the Sanskrit word for "Supreme Self". The large majority of Sanadhya Brahmins speak Hindi as their first language. They often speak other regional languages as well. Sanadhya Brahmins originated in north India. Many migrated south to central India due to Muslim persecution. Historically, some Sanadhya Brahmins were hermits of the forest or they served as heads of ashrams, religious retreat centers.
Where are they located?
Most Sanadhya Brahmins live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajastan and Maharashtra. Some are also found in other Indian states and the capital city of New Delhi.
What are their lives like?
As Brahmins, the Sanadhya occupy the highest level in Indian society. They are the chief administrators of Hindu temples. They preside at important Hindu life ceremonies at births, marriages and deaths The Sanadhya are endogamous, that is they marry only within their own group or with other Brahmins. Sons inherit property with the oldest son gaining the parents' home and father's authority and titles.
The Sanadhya are strict vegetarians. Some will eat dairy products and eggs.
Modern Sanadhya maintain their ancient profession of priests and Hindu scholars. They also act as leaders in government, business, and education.
What are their beliefs?
The Sanadhya Brahmin worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. As priests, they teach the doctrines of their faith to other Indian peoples. The three main gods of Hinduism are Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer. Significant Hindu holidays include Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali the festival of lights and Navratri, the Nine Nights that celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
What are their needs?
The Sanadhya need humility to be willing to listen to the claims of Jesus Christ. They need to see themselves are sinners in need of a Savior. They need to see that the traditions of Hinduism will not satisfy the deepest longings of their hearts.
* Pray the Holy Spirit opens the spiritual eyes of the Sanadhya Brahmins to see the true Light of the world, Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Indian Christians and other believers would reach out and begin redemptive relationships with the Sanadhya Brahmins.
* Pray that God will cause many Sanadhya Brahmins to be born again and become of a growing church movement.
Text source: David Kugel