Devipujak Vaghri (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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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

The Devipujak Vaghri (a Scheduled Caste in India) are said to have derived their name from the Sanskrit wagura, meaning a net; and Vagri are said to have gotten this name because many Vagri were professional hunters. Vagris are further divided into five main sub-castes. During the Colonial period, Vagri were listed under the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, as being a tribe "addicted to the systematic commission of non-bailable offences." They suffered greatly because of this decision and are still suffering the consequences.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Pakistan, they are landless and have been subject to discrimination at the hands of the locally powerful Sodha Rajput community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like those in India, the Pakistan Devipujak Vaghri are Hindu. Some are devotees of a specific Hindu god, while others are more philosophical in their spiritual lives.


What Are Their Needs?

Lack of workers is an obstacle to the advance of the gospel in all nations of the world, but especially so in Pakistan.


Prayer Points

Pray for improved employment opportunities for the Devipujak Vaghri community, and for rapidly rising literacy rates, especially among the youth.
Pray for many to look to the empty grave and understand God’s provision for their lives.
Pray for a powerful movement to Christ among the Devipujak Vaghri people.
Pray that many Devipujak Vaghri people will download and listen to gospel materials and that the Holy Spirit will give them understanding.


Scripture Prayers for the Devipujak Vaghri (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Devipujak Vaghri (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Devipujak Vaghri (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Bagri; Baori; Bella; Betigar; Datia; Malia; Murli; Salar; Salat; Vagher; Vagri; Vavania; Vedu; Wadvi; Wagher; Waghri; Waghya; Wagri; Wather; वाघरि (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स))
Population this Country 42,000
Population all Countries 712,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18290
ROP3 Code 119336
ROP25 Code 309237
ROP25 Name Devipujak Vaghri
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
42,000
Punjab
80
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh 42,000
  Punjab 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.34 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.66 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (27,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
11,000
Vaghri
2,700
Kacchi
800
Saraiki
400
Marwari (Pakistan)
200
Primary Language Sindhi (27,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 11,000
  Vaghri 2,700
  Kacchi 800
  Saraiki 400
  Marwari (Pakistan) 200
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sindhi Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Bernard Gagnon - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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