Konkani Badhai in India

The Badhai Konkani have only been reported in India
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Main Language
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Konkani normally refers to the language of Goa, but in this case, it is a subgroup of the Badhai peoples, also known as the Jangid Brahmins. They are successors of Vishwakarma, known by Hindus as the “chief architect” or as the creator of the world. In ancient times Jangid Brahmins were described as saints involved in meditation in jungles who had inner visions and performed scientific experiments for the betterment of others. Their inner visions gave them the inspiration to create various idols and images of gods and goddesses to be worshipped by Hindus. This gave them the status of divine people.

Hundreds of years ago they enjoyed the status of chief engineers / architects in Indian villages and cultures. Ancient Indian art and culture came largely from their wisdom and knowledge. They were the ones who designed and built temples, chariots and war equipment. They provided sketches or blueprints to other castes who assisted them.


Where Are they Located?

This Hindu people group lives in western India, specifically Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Large numbers of them have lost their jobs, and more and more people from other castes are now doing various technical works instead of the Badhai peoples. They no longer have nearly exclusive skills in these kinds of work, which has led to them losing some of their status. However, the Badhai people today are usually employed in the fields of engineering, education, and small-scale industrial manufacturing for large industries. Some work in carpentry, stone work or timber trade. Most will not do manual labor because of their pride and high self-esteem.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They devoutly follow the ancient ways of Hinduism. They are very much committed to the Hindu religious system since they themselves created various Hindu idols and temples.


What Are Their Needs?

The Konkani Badhai people need training in other areas so they can excel economically.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Badhai Konkani in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Konkani Badhai people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Konkani Badhai families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Konkani Badhai families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Konkani Badhai family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21086/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16332/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/10/14
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2014/09/12
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2014/09/11


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Badhai Konkani
People Name in Country Badhai Konkani
Natural Name Konkani Badhai
World Population 49,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dabhole; Dhavad; Panchal; Shiva Brahma Sutar; Sutar; Thavi; Vadve; बधाई कोंकनी
People ID 21088
ROP3 Code 117912
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 2
Largest States
Maharashtra
47,000
Karnataka
1,100
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 2
  Maharashtra 47,000
  Karnataka 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Marathi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Konkani, Goan
18,000
Konkani
1,200
Primary Language Marathi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Konkani, Goan 18,000
  Konkani 1,200
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
1.33 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.67 %
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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