Dhiman Brahmin in India

The Dhiman Brahmin have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Dhimans are not like other Brahmin communities. Since their beginning they have been focused on architecture and building instead of priestly duties. According to their traditions, they are the descendants of the five sons of their god, Lord Vishwakarma. These sons represent blacksmiths, carpenters, metal craftsmen, stone cutters, and goldsmiths.


Where Are they Located?

Dhiman Brahmins are scattered across India in dozens of jātis (castes) speaking many different languages. A high percentage of them also speak English as higher education in India is mostly English medium.

Brahmins are disproportionately represented among overseas Indians due to their higher educational attainments, so those who reach out to Indian nationals in the West are very likely reaching out to people who are extremely difficult to reach in South Asia. If you meet an engineer from India in the West, he might be from the Dhiman community.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally in the varna system Brahmins are considered as priests, but a temple priest is a lowly position that no Brahmin family wants their sons to aspire towards. In today's world it is common for Dhiman Brahmins to be skilled craftsmen involved with building such as engineers and architects. Others are skilled craftsmen like metal workers or carpenters.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Dhiman Brahmins worship Vishwakarma, the central deity for Hindu craftsmen and architects. That god is the personification of all creative power, and the revealer of knowledge having to do with the science of mechanics and architecture. Dhiman Brahmins are often called Vishwabrahmins after their primary god.


What Are Their Needs?

The Brahmins as an influential and generally well-to-do community are not unlike the middle classes of most places. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.


Prayer Points

Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Dhiman Brahmin leaders.
Pray for the eyes of Brahmin hearts to be open to Jesus Christ as Lord and king.
Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Dhiman Brahmin communities.
Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Brahmin community.
Pray for many to be prompted to faithfully pray for Brahmins.


Scripture Prayers for the Brahmin Dhiman in India.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16682/IN
http://aboutdhiman.blogspot.com/
https://dhimansamaj.wordpress.com/2009/08/16/dhiman-a-committed-dedicated-community/
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=41809


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brahmin Dhiman
People Name in Country Brahmin Dhiman
Natural Name Dhiman Brahmin
Alternate Names Ramgarhia; ब्रामिन, धीमान
Population this Country 53,000
Population all Countries 53,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16682
ROP3 Code 111903
ROP25 Code 301405
ROP25 Name Brahmin
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Haryana
29,000
Himachal Pradesh
11,000
Punjab
8,900
Delhi
2,800
Chandigarh
400
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Haryana 29,000
  Himachal Pradesh 11,000
  Punjab 8,900
  Delhi 2,800
  Chandigarh 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Primary Language Hindi (25,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
9,800
Kangri
5,900
Haryanvi
1,700
Mandeali
1,000
Bilaspuri
600
Pahari, Mahasu
200
Bagri
Primary Language Hindi (25,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 9,800
  Kangri 5,900
  Haryanvi 1,700
  Mandeali 1,000
  Bilaspuri 600
  Pahari, Mahasu 200
  Bagri 10
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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