Rajbhar in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

The Rajbhar people are among the original peoples in South Asia. They have low status in Hindu society.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Rajbhar people live scattered throughout India's eastern states, but a smaller number live either in Bangladesh or Nepal. One report says they also have a large community in India's state of Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture is their main work. Many of them work for other people, especially Muslims. The more fortunate ones among them are shop owners. They are not vegetarians, but rice is their staple food. The only meat they will not eat is beef because of their Hindu beliefs.

Like other peoples in South Asia they have birth and marriage rituals, and they cremate their dead. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property. They do not use family planning. They do not condemn sexual immorality. Marriages are usually monogamous, unless the first wife approves him taking a second wife. When a spouse dies, the widowed is allowed to remarry. They have a community council to look after their needs and to settle their disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all are Hindu. Traditionally they were especially devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Today they worship many Hindu gods and participate in festivals like Holi and Diwali. They fear evil spirit so much that some will sacrifice a pig to protect themselves from harm.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajbhar people need to have the chance to live life to the full through a relationship with Jesus Christ (Jn 10:10). They need freedom from fear of evil spirits.


Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Rajbhar people.
Pray for the Rajbhar people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Rajbhar people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Rajbhar communities in India and Bangladesh.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajbhar in Nepal.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17930/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajbhar
https://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=42085
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/bhar/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rajbhar
People Name in Country Rajbhar
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 102,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Batai; Bhar; Bhat; Brahmabhat; Lajjhar; Mandal; Raghubansi; Raghvi; Raghvi Raghuvansi; Rai; Rajjhar; Ramavat; राजभर
People ID 17930
ROP3 Code 113416
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Lumbini
6,100
Kosi
2,100
Narayani
1,200
Sagarmatha
1,100
Janakpur
500
Mahakali
400
Seti
400
Bheri
200
Bagmati
200
Gandaki
70
Rapti
40
Mechi
20
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Lumbini 6,100
  Kosi 2,100
  Narayani 1,200
  Sagarmatha 1,100
  Janakpur 500
  Mahakali 400
  Seti 400
  Bheri 200
  Bagmati 200
  Gandaki 70
  Rapti 40
  Mechi 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhojpuri (6,900 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Maithili
3,000
Nepali
400
Awadhi
300
Kumaoni
200
Angika
100
Dotyali
80
Magahi
40
Primary Language Bhojpuri (6,900 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Maithili 3,000
  Nepali 400
  Awadhi 300
  Kumaoni 200
  Angika 100
  Dotyali 80
  Magahi 40
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri

Primary Language:  Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1911-1982)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1998-2007)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio 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
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Zúme Training
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Bhojpuri
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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