Jogi Kanphata (Hindu traditions) in India

The Jogi Kanphata (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Jogi is a colloquial term for the "yogi", which refers to the people who practiced yoga as part of their daily rituals. Over time, this led to the formation of a community, and subsequently was formed into a caste. The Kanphatia are one of the Jogi orders. They get their name from Kan meaning ear and phatia meaning slit. They have their ears slit in a religious ritual. They speak Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They work mostly in agriculture, but some earn their living by accepting alms while others work in small businesses. Family leaders arrange their marriages. The bereaved and divorced can marry again. Unlike most Hindus, they bury their dead. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the home. Their elders tend to social activities. They have a low level of education so the gospel will need to be presented in oral forms.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kanphatia are one of the Jogi orders. The yoga system of philosophy taught the means whereby the human soul might attain complete union with the Supreme Being. The modern Jogi, speaking generally, claims to have attained that union and to be, therefore, a part of the Supreme. As followers of the yoga, they traditionally wear saffron-colored clothing. The Jogi are made up of purely religious mendicants (i. e., beggars) of the various Jogi orders, various people who live by fortune telling, practicing exorcisms and divination, and others. Specifically, members of the Kanphatia order follow Gorakhnath, who probably lived in the 1300s or earlier. He was the founder of their order, but they regard him as one of the deities. They believe he was born by the power of Shiva, which explains their devotion to this god. This master yogi, Gorakhnath, stressed the importance of mastering the body as a means towards spiritual discipline. Their beliefs include aspects of mysticism and magic. This order incorporates elements of Buddhism along with their devotion to Shiva.


What Are Their Needs?

They need to accept the blessings of Jesus Christ, the one who came to give, "life to the full."


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Jogi Kanphata (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray that Kanphatia elders come to Jesus Christ and pave the way for a disciple making movement this decade. Pray for intercessors and workers. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the only savior.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Jogi Kanphata (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Jogi Kanphata (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 69,000
Population all Countries 69,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kanmaelia; Kanphata; Kanphata Jogi; Karnaliya; Nath; Nath Baba; Nathji; जोगी कंफटा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21142
ROP3 Code 117964
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 8
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
25,000
Uttarakhand
22,000
Gujarat
8,700
Bihar
6,100
Maharashtra
3,900
Madhya Pradesh
2,400
Jharkhand
500
Chhattisgarh
400
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 8
  Uttar Pradesh 25,000
  Uttarakhand 22,000
  Gujarat 8,700
  Bihar 6,100
  Maharashtra 3,900
  Madhya Pradesh 2,400
  Jharkhand 500
  Chhattisgarh 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (28,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Kumaoni
9,600
Gujarati
7,400
Bhojpuri
5,600
Garhwali
3,100
Marathi
3,100
Bengali
2,300
Maithili
1,900
Bundeli
300
Kanauji
300
Punjabi, Eastern
300
Angika
200
Awadhi
200
Surjapuri
100
Chhattisgarhi
40
Primary Language Hindi (28,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Kumaoni 9,600
  Gujarati 7,400
  Bhojpuri 5,600
  Garhwali 3,100
  Marathi 3,100
  Bengali 2,300
  Maithili 1,900
  Bundeli 300
  Kanauji 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 300
  Angika 200
  Awadhi 200
  Surjapuri 100
  Chhattisgarhi 40
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.24 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.76 %
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.
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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