Aguri in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 12 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Modi 95,000
Pansari 1,800
Halwai 700
Kasera 700
Kesarwani 700
Kaith Bania Unknown
Kathera Unknown
Mahuro Vaisya Awadh Bania Unknown
Roniyar Unknown
Siduriya Bania Unknown

Introduction / History

The Aguri are a cultivating and trading caste. They were brought by the King 0f Burdawan Mehtha from Agra to West Bengal to fight against the British. They have a reputation for being aggressive and hostile. The Hindu book Manu says Ugra (Cruel creature) was born to a girl by a Kshatriya. The Aguri are mostly located in West Bengal and concentrated in Anguna and other neighboring villages. The main language of the Aguri is Bengali. Many resources are available in Bengali including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They have two castes among them, the upper and the lower. The upper caste are agricultural people who own land. Some of the younger generations have moved out of the village and now live in Kolkata and different parts of India. Some have even migrated to the U. S. and live in New York City. The lower caste members work on farms as landless laborers and are cowherders involved with cattle farming. Some of the former villages are empty. Most of the occupants have moved to the city for better work opportunities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Aguri practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Aguri visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The Aguri pay special devotion to Shiva, the destroyer god. They also celebrate Durga, the mother goddess and Kali Puja during the Bengali Hindu festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Aguri seem to have a spiritual hunger for knowing the truth. They have come in hundreds to watch the JESUS Film and hundreds have accepted Jesus Christ as they Savior. Their basic needs are education, medical facilities and water wells. Their villages do not have schools for higher education so most of the children drop out after level five and become farmers. The women and children need medical aid and these facilities are 30 to 40 kms away. Dusty roads become foot deep in mud during monsoons. They need decent roads to walk to hospitals and schools.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Aguri in India.

* Pray that good schools and better roads will be built by the government. * Ask the Lord to provide access to clean water and modern medicine for the Aguri. * Pray for good harvests for Aguri farmers which would allow them to provide for their families. * Pray that believers will reach them and help them begin a disciple making movement.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Aguri
People Name in Country Aguri
Pronunciation uh-GUR-ee
Population this Country 516,000
Population all Countries 517,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Agale; Aguiri; Kolan; Mudi; Pansari; Ugra Kshatriya; अगुरी
People ID 16182
ROP3 Code 111287
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Aguri
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 12
  Modi 95,000
  Pansari 1,800
  Halwai 700
  Kasera 700
  Kesarwani 700
  Kaith Bania 100
  Kathera 100
  Mahuro Vaisya Awadh 100
  Roniyar 100
  Siduriya Bania 100
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
West Bengal
494,000
Jharkhand
15,000
Odisha
2,100
Maharashtra
1,600
Andaman and Nicobar
1,300
Chhattisgarh
1,300
Bihar
800
Delhi
300
Meghalaya
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  West Bengal 494,000
  Jharkhand 15,000
  Odisha 2,100
  Maharashtra 1,600
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,300
  Chhattisgarh 1,300
  Bihar 800
  Delhi 300
  Meghalaya 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (479,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Hindi
34,000
Odia
1,900
Konkani
500
Andaman Hindi Creole
200
Chhattisgarhi
200
Primary Language Bengali (479,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 34,000
  Odia 1,900
  Konkani 500
  Andaman Hindi Creole 200
  Chhattisgarhi 200
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.11 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.89 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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